If you’re a local and pride yourself about where to find good food in Saratoga Springs, chances are you’ve been to Hattie’s. Serving up a variety of Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938, Saratoga has become known for Hattie’s famous fried chicken, almost as much as it’s known for horse racing.
As a native to Saratoga, perhaps you’ve listened to stories from your Skidmore-alum mother wax poetic about the days when THE Hattie, Hattie Gray, and her tuxedo-wearing husband were running the joint. And the Courtyard bar has been your reliable anti-Caroline Street imbibing location since you realized cocktails should be accompanied by less Bon Jovi and more Professor Longhair. Congrats, you know what you’re doing.
The main dining room, complete with red and white checkered tablecloths and lots of photos from years past, always makes for a cozy dinner or brunch vibe. Or you can opt for the French Quarter Lounge (affectionately referred to as The Hattio by locals) which offers an even more casual dining experience, completed by lighting fixtures converted from antique store finds and New Orleans-themed tchotchkes. A large bar completes the space where you can usually find a lively scene, mostly likely due to their kick-ass Mojitos. During the warmer months you can also sit outside, in the courtyard.
The crowd at Hattie’s tends to be laidback locals or regional visitors who are in the know on where to find some of the best fried chicken in the country. The beauty of this establishment is that while it’s been around for decades (eight of them to be exact), the property remains a place where even sophisticated and trendy restaurant goers want to be.
Before ordering a spread of the food menu, what does one drink with southern, Louisiana inspired fare? Well, nothing but southern, Louisiana born cocktails, of course. Hattie’s provides some of the finest Mojitos, Mint Juleps, and Sazeracs, in town. Stick with those and you can’t go wrong.
As we’ve mentioned, the showstopper at Hattie’s is their Fried Chicken, which, while it comes highly recommended, is but one of many other fabulous menu items. Appetizers deserving of your attention include the Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms and the Hush Puppies – fritters served with onions, fresh corn, and honey butter, followed by the Jambalaya and Hattie’s Classic Gumbo entrees. If you’re feeling indecisive during your visit, opt to order fried chicken by the piece in addition to any other menu item. As for dessert, (if you have room) Hattie’s does offer a small but enticing list of homemade pies and a Fresh Fruit Crisp, each served with homemade whipped cream.
Hattie’s is certainly one of the spots you should have on your brunch rotation. With staples from the griddle, like Jasper’s Buttermilk Pancakes and the Pain Perdu (New Orleans French Toast) or plate-ups with a Cajun twist, like the Crab Cake Benedict and Hickory Smoked Ham Hash, there is an endless list of cravable selections. Not to mention a killer Bloody Mary. Brunch at Hattie’s is served Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am – 2pm.
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