60 Second Review: Hamilton Inn
Dinner and a show in Jersey City
Our group sampled numerous items during the night – and will definitely make this trip as part of our regular rotation!
Hamilton Inn Review Capsules:
- Pepperjack Cheese Fries w/ Bacon and Demiglace served w/ Ranch
Something about these fries made them seem like they were being served at a western ranch with a perfect steak. They are medium sized but substantial, and the melted cheese and dipping sauce is perfect. These fries and a small salad could have even been the perfect meal with a few beers. ($8)
- Candied Pecan Salad w/ Field Greens, Pears, Warm Goat Cheese, Balsamic
Not usually a fan of goat cheese (one of my only “deal breakers” on a menu) but I tried this and actually thought the salad was excellent and the goat cheese not bad at all. Those who actually appreciate goat cheese will love it – great combination of flavors. ($9)
- Crispy Chicken Wings
These should not be confused with the wings that are an American staple at bars and restaurants (not that there isn’t a time and place for the everyday “wings and blue cheese appetizer” with several pints of beer over a game. These are different: larger, crunchier, better spiced, and the accompanying vegetables (carrots and celery) are extremely fresh. ($8)
- French Onion Soup Dumplings
This was a little surprising, for some reason. It came in a ceramic dish with holes in which the dumplings were cooked, with cheese smothered over the entire appetizer. It was like a combination of wontons and French onion soup – a surprisingly good combo – but after trying so many other appetizers I reached my saturation point and will have to try it again on its own to form a genuine opinion. ($12)
- Fig Mascarpone Cheese Ravioli
Sweet as far as ravioli go, but creamy and delicious. The sauce was amazing, and the mascarpone perfect with the fig. I was a little thrown off by the texture (figs can have a grittiness to them) but otherwise this was perfect.
- East L.A. Fish Tacos
Delicious. One great thing about these tacos was that the fish was still intact in a filet, so they were easy to manage. The Pico de Gallo and avocado were so fresh, along with the other toppings.($10)
- Risotto of the Day – Steak Risotto
Not usually a “risotto-orderer” but this was above average. The pieces of steak were perfectly cooked, and some risottos can be over-salted but I found this was creamy and more mildly salted / spiced. This is the type of entree that would be perfect with a few glasses of wine.
Hamilton Inn – Jersey City: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!