Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Restaurant Review- Humphrey's Bar and Grille in Wethersfield

Found in the location of many other dead-before-they-opened restaurants Humphrey's Bar and Grille located at 1151 Silas Deane Hwy in Wethersfield might just be the restaurant that actually survives the tough location. Humphrey's is located near Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath and Beyond and a few blocks from the Wood n Tap. After about a year of renovations I was surprised this place actually opened. And I'm so happy it did.

Humphrey's is one of four locations in a small local restaurant group. While I loathe chain restaurants, in my qualifications for loathing, under 30 is a 'chain' and therefore it is loathed. So I was thrilled when a non-chain was moving in, but worried about it's survival rate. We stopped in a few weeks ago when we had no power and were starving. I was surprised at the renovations. This place is awesome. Before you walk in you are immediately greeted by a rough wood-floor entryway. Upon entry, you can either go left to a quieter dining area or go right toward the bar. We elected to go right. The bar is centered in the room and with stools and tables surrounding the bar. And the bar is beautiful. The taps just looked amazing, the amount of liquor is exciting, this place just has a great vibe. We elected to sit outside on the patio, but we could have sat inside and enjoyed the fresh air because on nice days the open the WALL of windows to have the whole place be open air. The outside seating was great.

The menu is large. And the food portions are HUGE, but I'll get to that in a second. So the menu has all the typical bar food you would expect- wings, burgers, sandwiches, stuff from the grill. But it also has seafood and steak. I had a hard time deciding what to order. The waitress came by with a little dish of homemade potato chips for us to munch on after taking our drink orders. They were good. Not fantastic, but nice to enjoy a little snack before our meal. I opted for a chicken quesadilla and Dave ordered a spicy chicken sandwich (and elected the steak fries rather than homemade potato chips). The waitress was prompt, polite and we never felt forgotten in our outdoor, around the corner, in the shade table.

Our food arrived quickly and it was HUGE. Generally with a quesadilla you get one tortilla, filling tossed on one side and folded over. This was double that. I'm not kidding, TWO quesadillas. What was really special about this was you could taste the charring on the chicken in the quesadilla. It tasted smokey and moist. It is rare to bite into a quesadilla and say 'wow, this is really good'. But I did. Then forced Dave to try it. He also was surprised at the flavor of the chicken. Oh and Dave wasn't going hungry with his dish either. The bun this sandwich came on was enormous and it was covered with chicken. No, this wasn't a mostly-bun sandwich, this was a big giant balanced spicy chicken sandwich. And the pile of steak fries was about the height of the sandwich. The food was great.

I am rarely wowed by a new pub. Lord knows we've had plenty of them in and out of our little town. But if there is one new pub that can make it, it's Humphrey's. Seriously, not only will the place wow you with the hardwood floors and fantastic bar, the service and variety of food was impressive. I look forward to the next time we can go. But I'll plan on having my leftovers for lunch and/or dinner the next night. I give this place 3.5 stars

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