I have been to Little America a few times in the past and have always had a wonderful time, and was made to feel very special by the entire experience. My food has consistently been wonderful and the atmosphere luxurious, glamorous, sophisticated, and welcoming. All in all, I have counted Little America as one of my very favorites over the years. So, when it was suggested that I review the Sunday Offerings and Brunch at Hathaway's Restaurant in Little America, I was absolutely delighted!
I called my dining partner and we squealed to each other on the phone in pure excitement. Our plans were made; we got gussied up and went to do a review that showed every sign of being the absolute highlight of my week. Just thinking about going to Hathaway's in Little America is an exciting prospect, and we were properly excited!
We decided to plan our arrival for just about an hour after the Sunday Brunch began, thinking they would be really rolling and in the groove, so to speak, by then. We were right, they were all set up and the Brunch was in full swing. The offerings are delightful and some of the selections included; fresh fruit and berries, cold cereal, yogurt, breakfast pastries, a domestic cheese tray, smoked Salmon with condiments and bagels, Egg casserole, Eggs Benedict, French Toast with Candied Pecans, Mini Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Cheese blintz, Cottage Style Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage, an Omelet Station, and Honey glazed Ham. What a fabulous assortment, just the aroma alone is satisfying. Too bad we don't have a scratch and sniff so you can share in the mouthwatering aroma.
When we presented ourselves at the door, the hostess asked if we preferred a booth or a table. We requested a booth and were promptly led to a table, when we again asked for a booth; we were then shown to a half booth and half table. My dining companion sat on the booth part and I was on the other side of the table with a big heavy chair. I kept attempting to adjust the chair with no luck; it was just a bit too far away from the table to be comfortable. My companion and I decided to not have the Brunch after all and ordered from the menu as the choices were equally tempting. She chose "The Sante Fe," a breakfast Burrito filled with eggs, bacon, green chili, cheddar cheese, and green onion served with sour cream, salsa, breakfast potatoes, and choice of beverage. I choose "The Benedict," an English muffin topped with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and served with Hollandaise sauce, breakfast potatoes, and choice of beverage.
I need to go back a little to tell you about our server, she was delightful. She is a young Russian girl here working for awhile before she returns home. She was very sweet, very helpful, but very hard to understand. We did a lot of "excuse me's" and "I beg your pardons." It was a challenge, but a very fun challenge. All three of us were delighted when we got something across correctly. I ordered hot tea and my companion ordered coffee. The coffee was delicious, the tea was a mess. The small teapot had no lid, so a saucer was substituted, and as it was larger than the teapot it was difficult to pour a cup of tea without spilling on the table, myself, and some of the surrounding area. The tea was my favorite kind and piping hot, and once I managed to transfer it to the cup it was just fine.
When our food arrived it looked very appetizing, but I was surprised to see no garnish on the plate. However, in these tough times I imagine those garnishes are simply expensive garbage, as I don't think many eat them, do they? My companions food was really good, an excellent portion and she enjoyed every single bite. I was not so lucky this time. My eggs were not set, my English muffin was soggy, and the Hollandaise sauce was cold. I suppose I could have sent it back, and I am positive it would have been redone and the result would have been wonderful, but I did not. Visiting a restaurant for a review is to judge the food, service, atmosphere, and overall experience on the first impression. So, that is what I am doing. I still adore Hathaway's at Little America, and it is still in my top five restaurants. I will definitely go back, and so should you. The stellar reputation Hathaway's at Little America enjoys is well deserved, and it remains one of the "special" places to celebrate anything from an ordinary Tuesday to an anniversary.
I give Hathaway's at Little America a classy rating of 4 out of 5.