Photo by Katherine Odell
Biting into my regular order of two chicken tenders and a small cup of mac & cheese, I taste a sense of familiarity, a sense of hominess. I am at nowhere other than Hen House down the street from my house.
Growing up, my sister and I would snack on Hen House’s deli food while my parents would grocery shop. Our all time favorite foods from Hen House are the chicken tenders, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and the occasional corn bread.
The chicken tenders are just that — tender. The outside breading is just crunchy enough and one bite is all it takes to have an almost overwhelming amount of juices, herbs and spices overflow your taste buds.
The mac & cheese is a perfect combination of cheeses mixed together with elbow pasta. It seems like this comfort food would be a hard dish to mess up, but to me, Hen House’s mac & cheese is superior to all other mac & cheeses, even when Noodles & Company is having a good day.
Occasionally the mashed potatoes are a little more peppery than preferred, but the consistency is always perfect. After all, there is nothing worse than runny mashed potatoes. The gravy compliments the side dish and balances out the mashed potatoes moderately plain flavor with a rich taste – fit for a Thanksgiving meal.
If you’re ever in a pinch, a five minute stop into the grocery story for a filling meal is smart option. I usually take my food to-go, but the Hen House in Corinth Square has a seating area that is complete with a fountain drink station and an outdoor patio.
For all of the seniors who are already tired of thinking about alternating between Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A everyday, there are two Hen Houses less than a mile away from school. Not to mention the low and affordable price: I can get my regular order for less than $5 (take that Chick-Fil-A!)