Even after a fantastic lunch of lobster sandwiches at Alive and Kicking with Jo, my hungry-every-two-hours alarm went off after a visit to the Harvard Art Museums. Listening to my stomach, we made our way to Henrietta’s Table at the Charles Hotel. The restaurant and chef are proud of their “Fresh from the Farm and Honest to Goodness Home Cooking” commitment. They seek out and support New England farmers and communities, bringing their products to the table.
Considering we had started our Boston visit with the Local Food Fest, it was only appropriate that we sought out local fare for our last meals in the area.
As to be expected, Ryan ordered the fish of the day – seared haddock with mashed sweet potatoes and butternut, native arugula, carrots and balsamic mint vinaigrette.
Haddock is not a fish you would normally find on our coast, so it was at the top of his list to try. I took a few “perfect bites” – you know the kind – where you grab just the right amount of each item on the plate onto your fork – the soft white fish, sweet potato hash, sauce, vegetables.
If it was more common this coast, I could see us buying it regularly. It reminded me of the rock fish we so love to eat.
I ordered a selection of three New England cheeses, served with Cheshire Garden’s preserves, cranberry-walnut melba, and fresh and dried fruit. The board was too beautiful not to want to take multiple photos. If I didn’t only have carry-on bags, I would have taken the preserves to go.
Kay’s Eclipse – Pasteurized Goat’s Milk, Soft ripened, Ash coated, creamy, and sweet
Dutch Farmstead – Raw Jersey Cow’s Milk, Natural Rind, Gouda style, rich, buttery, tangy
Bayley Hazen Blue – Raw Ayrshire Cow’s Milk, Firm, rich, creamy, Stilton style blue
In the past, I would have been hesitant on eating at hotel restaurants. However, it seems that more and more aim to showcase the local cuisine at prices that actually make sense. I’m glad we decided to grab one last bite at Henrietta’s Table before heading back home.
PS – The fresh bread basket at Henrietta’s Table – delicious!