Hartford Courant profiles Red Hen Restaurant Old Saybrook
Red Hen Restaurant Old Saybrook was honored to be featured in the March 28th edition of the Hartford Courant:
While most of us are saying “enough already!” to this snowy winter, chef Shelley DeProto is looking forward to spring for another reason.
“I’m dying for spring,” says the chef/owner of the Red Hen Restaurant, which opened in November on Main Street in Old Saybrook. “I don’t want to see another roasted root vegetable. Kale and I are finished for the year,” she says, laughing.
As soon as spring vegetables meet her discerning standards, DeProto will begin to adapt her menu to the warmer weather. She has her sights set on the summer growing season with its promise of “tomatoes, corn and all of the wonderful things we can get.”
Starters such as arancini and Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew come from Mediterranean countries, but the chef also offers crisp shrimp dumplings, a roasted asparagus salad, and housemade fries with chipotle garlic aioli. Entrees include grilled pork porterhouse with mustard glaze, collard greens and maple walnut sweet potato puree; a grilled Angus strip steak with herbed house fries, salsa verde and cherry tomato salad, and a roasted vegetable and goat cheese terrine with tomato pepper broth and olive tapenade. On Sunday evenings, DeProto and her kitchen crew serve a Southern American specialty: crispy fried chicken with slow-cooked collard greens, smashed Red Bliss potatoes and light brown gravy. (Children under 12 eat for free on Sundays.)
Read the entire article: Little Plates, Big Adventure At Red Hen Restaurant.