REVIEW: Iron Hen – Greensboro
The Iron Hen Cafe is a quaint little cafe and coffee shop in Greensboro that has only been around for a few months but has already earned its way into the hearts and stomachs of many of the locals through good local food and an inviting atmosphere. I have heard their brunch is amazing but have yet to make it there to try their Peanut Butter Banana French Toast. It’s on my restaurant to-do list right now.
It is located off of Wendover Avenue on Cridland Avenue just on the outskirts of the historic Fisher Park neighborhood and across the street from Latham Park. The location is very easy to get to but parking can be an issue at busy times of the day.
I made my first trip over to the Iron Hen about three weeks ago with my brother (Will), his girlfriend (AK) and my aunt (Susan) who was in town from Florida for a Wake Forest University class reunion. We arrived at the Iron Hen around 1:15 p.m. and it was slammed. We had to park across the street near some office buildings because the Iron Hen’s lot was full and the wait a few minutes before a table big enough for the four of us was clear. It was well worth the wait.
I tried the daily special (above), which was a pulled southern fried chicken over mixed greens with tomatoes, cheddar cheese, red onion, cucumber, croutons and homemade ranch for $8.95. The fried chicken was great. It didn’t taste very greasy and the chicken was very tender. My only issue is that there were a few small bones left in the chicken but that happens when you hand pull a bunch of fried chicken breasts all at once. This salad (and pretty much all of the other salads at the Iron Hen) are behemoths that are filled to the brim of large salad bowls
Will ordered the soft shell crab sandwich (above) which comes on a buttermilk roll with roasted red pepper mayo, leaf lettuce and pan fried green tomato. The dish came with a side of sauteed okra which were very tasty and one of the Iron Hen’s infamous deviled eggs which accompany almost every dish at the Iron Hen. The soft shell crab was fried perfectly and the batter had a nice spice which complimented the crab and the fried green tomato. I would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of soft shell crabs.
Susan ordered the fried goat cheese salad with grilled pineapple and pancetta salsa over mesclun greens and then topped with an aged balsamic reduction. The Iron Hen uses the Goat Lady Dairy‘s goat cheese which is located in Climax, NC. I didn’t try the goat cheese but it looked awesome.
AK ordered the grilled marinated portobello mushroom sandwich which is served on Asiago peppercorn bread with provolone cheese, caramelized sweet onion with a roasted red pepper mayonnaise and spinach. She also got some of the sauteed okra on the side. The grilled mushroom had a great taste and the bread gave a crispy spice to the entire meal. This is definitely a great vegetarian option if you need to pull one out of your sleeve for a client or friend.
The prices at the Iron Hen are a little steep but you are paying for quality. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a nice selection of craft beers to drink if you are looking for a nice place to take a load off after work. If you get a chance to stop by soon, let me know how the smoked Gouda mac & cheese is because I kind of regret not getting that on the side to try.