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Hannah’s: Local and Pastured Ingredients

on March 19 | in Local Restaurants | by | with 3 Comments

Off the Square

Located in historic downtown Denton, Hannah’s is making a name for itself with a unique food philosophy and great food. The menu isn’t exclusively local or pasture-raised, so we asked our server, Tiffany, for help in navigating our options. “The chicken eggs are from Dominion Farms and most of our produce is from the Denton Farmers Market. Our chef walks over there with a big basket. She picks out tomatoes and stuff. She also has a garden and so I know last night we featured a special that had arugula from her garden. She tries to do a lot of vegetarian options like our Run-Through-The-Garden Migas, too” she told us.

The Food

We arrived for brunch on Sunday. After learning that they get their beef through traditional sources, I nixed my original impulse for a hamburger and went with the Mulberry St. Breakfast instead:

  • Scrambled eggs collected from Dominion Farms pastured chickens
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Local Goat Cheese from Dallas Mozzarella Company
  • Wheat berry-toast with homemade apricot jam and butter

Definitely a good choice. I stole some tomatillo salsa from Daniel’s entree for my eggs and that pretty much made the meal perfect. Daniel really wanted the Crispy Avocado Tacos, but since the point of going there was to eat local food he settled on Margarita Chicken Tacos:

  • Marinated Grilled, Pasture-Raised Chicken from Dominion Farms
  • Handmade Tortillas
  • Sweet ‘n Sour Jalapeno Slaw
  • Cotija Cheese
  • House-made Salsas
  • Cumin Crisps
  • Key Lime Sauce

From the way his plate looked when he was done I’d say he thoroughly enjoyed it!

Oh, and there was this:

Carrot cake, their signature dessert. When Tiffany brought it to the table she mentioned there are several pounds of fresh carrots in each cake. Wow. I immediately asked for a to-go box because after a huge meal there is no way we were going to get more than a couple of bites into that. We, ahem, finished it.

Coming in April: The Hundred-Mile Dinner

Sometime next month (the date hasn’t been set yet) Hannah’s will be serving a meal using only ingredients obtained within one-hundred miles. The salt, which will be purchased in Saline, Texas, is technically 102 miles. But other than that, the meal is completely local. You should totally check it out. It’s an annual thing, so if you miss it this year there’s always the next one.

Local Artist: Carolyn Riegelman

In keeping with the local theme, Hannah’s has gorgeous paintings created by local artist Carolyn Riegelman throughout the restaurant. If you’ve never heard of her that’s okay. Neither had I. One of the joys of “going local” is discovering the treasures right here in our own backyard, so-to-speak. Carolyn’s “main focus is on design and color, dealing with the mystery of the unknown.” I’m not very sophisticated when it comes to art, but even I picked up that color was the point in her paintings. I enjoyed her work enough to visit her website and see if it was a fluke or not. It wasn’t. If you like what you see, check her out here.

If you’re ever in Denton, you must try this place. Even if you’re not, it’s worth the drive.

Hannah’s Off the Square
111 West Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201
Phone:940-566-1110

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3 Responses to Hannah’s: Local and Pastured Ingredients

  1. I have to say that I was not thrilled with the prospect of eating chicken tacos for the sake of you the people. I REALLY wanted that fried avocado. Thankfully, the chicken was moist and tender and REALLY good! So it wasn’t a sacrifice after all.

    Not a complaint, but be aware: there are three or four taco dishes all prepared exactly the same way except for the choice of meat. My first instinct was snobbery and to assume that most chefs wouldn’t approve of finding one good flavor combo and mixing it with everything. Having said that, I managed to ditch my snobbery and come around to really appreciating the flavors and, GASP, the chicken.
    .-= Daniel (Daddypotamus)´s last blog ..Prophetic Vision Casting Versus Practical Teaching =-.

  2. We may be giving this place a try the weekend after next when we visit friends up in Denton. Thanks for the review.
    .-= Charles Martin´s last blog ..2010 Hiking Trip: Caprock Canyon State Park =-.

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