I Love Honest Pint-April 22, 2012

Sunday we decided at the last second to have lunch out (don’t ask….more planning issues. Blast!). Philip suggested The Honest Pint, and you know I was game. I’ll never turn down a visit to the Pint. I’m not going to go through all of the details about The Honest Pint…you can read those in my original post…but just thought I’d share about what we tried on this experience.

As I mentioned in my last Honest Pint post, they serve a Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11-3. When we walked up, we were greeted by this sign:

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Philip asked our server (darn if I didn’t forget her name-I’m usually so good at remembering!) about the chicken and waffles, which he was very tempted to order….it’s a panko-breaded, boneless fried chicken breast served with a waffle that contains bacon. Um, yeah. He was very tempted to get it until he asked the make-it-or-break-it question: is the syrup real maple syrup? She seemed pretty taken aback by that question and was surprised that pancake syrup would be a dealbreaker. Turns out the syrup was a blend of buffalo sauce and pancake syrup. The buffalo flavor covered the artificial flavor of the syrup a little but it definitely wasn’t enough. Use real maple syrup, people! It’s the only way to go. We of course ordered our usual pommes tots (tots fried in duck fat!) while we decided what entrees to order. You may think that tots fried in duck fat sound bizarre, but they are not, my friends….they are not.

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So, Philip ordered the chorizo hash, with housemade chorizo, potatoes, red onion, red pepper, and a fried egg on top. The chorizo was not as spicy as what he has become accustomed to ordering off the menu at Delia’s, but it did have a good, well-seasoned flavor. The eggs were nicely cooked with a little runny yolk….and I appreciated that the eggs were fried, not scrambled (like in their corned beef hash) because you know that’s how I do hash. Still, Philip said that while he liked the chorizo hash, he preferred the corned beef hash.

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Actually, the angle behind going to The Pint was so I could try a burger (Philip had tried one before, I had not). I decided on the This Burger is the Jam burger, cooked to medium because I like to live dangerously, and chips. The burger had caramelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon jam (word to your mom!). I loved that the edges of the burger were “irregular” so you knew that it was hand-patted, and it was perfectly cooked and oh so drippy. The blue cheese was very pungent and the bacon jam lent the perfect combination of savory and sweet. I did, however, feel that the onions could have been a little more caramelized (to me, caramelized onions should be caramel-colored, not white) although these were cooked enough that I was able to eat them (raw or barely cooked onions are on my bad list). If I were making this burger at home, I would have paired the bacon jam with cheddar…I felt that the blue cheese overpowered the bacon jam a little. Still, a good burger. And the chips, as always, were to die for.

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So, you may have figured out that we love The Honest Pint. The menu is unique while still offering “something for everyone”, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. If you haven’t already, you should try it! The Honest Pint is located at 35 Patten Parkway, Chattanooga, TN 37402. You can call them at 423-468-4192. Check out their website, http://thehonestpint.com, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@thehonestpint).

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