Eatin' Fat on Johns Island
|Brunch At The Fat Hen|
As we drove out to Johns Island I remember thinking that it was probably silly to have made reservations. This place seemed so remote that it probably wasn’t going to be busy, especially on Halloween. When we arrived we realized we were sorely mistaken.
The parking lot was packed and there were people waiting outside to be seated. There is a small patio area in the front of the restaurant and three small rooms within. We waited for a brief time for our table and were seated at a lovely spot on the enclosed porch.
Our waiter, Joshua was laid back and very knowledgeable about the menu. We ordered the cheese plate and charcuterie as an appetizer. (Yes, we were with another couple, although these two items along could have easily been lunch.)
As we waited to order our lunch we saw many “liters” of mimosas. I have not seen a “liter” of anything in awhile. Come to find out that Fat Hen offers $10.00 liters of mimosas to accompany their brunch and many tables were indulging, including a table that the “Tin Man” was seated at. (Did I mention it was Halloween?).
|Cheese Plate & Charcuterie|
The charcuterie had local sausage, handmade pate, salmon, mustards and currant compote. We were soon to find that the food here is so good that no matter how full you are, you just want to keep eating. Out of the corner of my eye I saw our lunch arriving and internally sensed – “doggie bag”. Boy was I wrong.
|Southern Chicken Crepe|
|Short Ribs Au Gratin|
|BBQ Duck Sandwich|
Our last entree was ordered by a brunch purist – two eggs with sausage, toast and fries. It was odd to have “fries” with eggs, but we muddled through finishing them :0). The sausage was from a local farm and had us thinking about where we could buy it after we left, it was that good.
Although the dessert menu seemed interesting we decided to pass. Joshua informed us that the pastry chef is the chef’s wife and that everything was terrific. But we were so full from lunch that I found myself to be my own “Fat Hen”.
This is a hidden gem (literally), that should not be missed. We look forward to dinner there.
5 plates out of a possible 5!