Jun 23 2011

Spring Hill

Kristi

When we moved to Seattle the end of last year, one of the things I kept hearing about was the Fried Chicken at Spring Hill. I figured.. we’ll go one of these days. Then, earlier this year, I heard the news that Monday night fried chicken dinners were coming to an end. I immediately got on the phone, and secured one of the last reservations available! Fast forward a few months later, and there we were.

The dinner is designed for four, but really, could easily feed 8 with the chicken. We had a last minute cancellation, so three of us tackled two whole chickens, plus 4 sides, cornbread, and dessert. Needless to say, there were leftovers!

First, lets start with the chicken. I noticed right away when they brought it out that it was a bit… umm.. dark. While the chicken was well seasoned, hot, and extremely moist inside, all of us agreed that the skin was a bit overcooked. I even had a few burnt bits on the two pieces I tackled. So, while the chicken was good overall, I’d have to say that sadly, it wasn’t the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.

Now, about the sides..

Jalapeno cornbread:

The cornbread was quite good. Not overly spicy, moist, and crumbly. I liked it a lot!

Roasted broccoli:

Probably my favorite side. Why had I never thought of roasting broccoli before? Those crispy bits on it… yum!

Herbed spaetzle:

I have to admit, I had never had spaetzle until a few months ago. This was good! Kind of like an herby mac and cheese.

Marinated cucumber salad:

While this dish wasn’t exactly a standout, it was nice to have something cool, light, and refreshing to go along with the meal. A nice addition.

Buttered russet potatoes:

Certainly not the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had (that will probably forever go to Joel Robuchon’s) but certainly not the worst, either. It got the job done.

Green apple sorbet; popcorn ice cream; peanut butter ice cream:

Dessert doesn’t come with the chicken dinner, but stuffed as I was, I wanted something sweet for us to share. While I initially thought the popcorn sounded the most interesting, and it did indeed taste of popcorn, we all seemed to like the green apple sorbet the best. Really good! And the peanut butter went pretty fast, too…

Overall, it was a fun experience, and well worth the $98 price tag considering the amount of food you get. While I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t the BEST fried chicken I’d ever had, it certainly was good. Of course, after doing this review, Monday night fried chicken dinners at Spring Hill will be a thing of the past in a few more weeks. If you want to give it a try, pray there’s a cancellation!

Cost: $$
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
www.springhillnorthwest.com

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