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This Week in Eggs: The Red Hen

redhen1I went OTP for my omelette fix this week and ended up at the Red Hen – an upscale spot in a fancy mini-mall that seems to breathe the spirit of Sunday brunch. You walk in here, and you immediately want a hot cup of coffee, a Sunday paper and perhaps a mimosa.

Open until 3 p.m., this restaurant serves breakfast until closing and a menu of nice looking sandwiches and entrees in the afternoon.

This omelette Sophia ($8.59) holds shreds of gruyère cheese and crisp, hot bacon. It’s like quiche lorraine reimagined. The chef cooks the eggs carefully so as not to brown them at all, and finishes the plate with chives snipped from a potted plant by the kitchen pass. Sweet.

redhen2It’s not cheap, but I could see how it would go into regular rotation when you’re not in a Waffle House mood. Alpharettans: what else is good at the Red Hen? Are there other breakfast joints Windward way that I missed?

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November 18th, 2009
12:26 pm


Patrick Hill

November 18th, 2009
4:50 pm

I’m so happy you enjoyed the Red Hen! I live in Midtown and will drive OTP just for their Cheese Grits and French Toast. Make sure you try both on your next visit!


November 18th, 2009
4:56 pm

I eat there often for lunch and almost always have the turkey burger. It’s amazing!! Im glad you enjoyed it! I’ll be sure to look for you the next time I’m in there :)


November 19th, 2009
9:01 am

John, you should have called me. I would have met you there. In the same area are a smattering of local and national chains, J Christophers, The Original Pancake House, Cracker Barrel, etc., but I think the best two are Alpha Soda on Haynes Bridge, a long time Alpharetta institution serving a great breakfast… and Bagel Boys, in the same shopping center on Haynes Bridge, and cranking out some really good NY-style bagels.

John Kessler

November 19th, 2009
1:55 pm

Art – Is Bagel Boys the same as BB bagels?

Alpharetta Girl

November 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

John, Bagel Boys is not the same as BB’s Bagels. BB’s is on McFarland Rd in an old Airstream trailer, whereas Bagel Boys is on Haynes Bridge. BB’s is far and away better than Bagel Boys. BB’s is the only place in Atlanta that does Kettle boiled bagels. They are huge, fresh, and the bagel sandwiches. Definitely a must try. As for my husband and I, we really didn’t care for Red Hen. We just thought it was overpriced for what it was.


January 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

The sweet potato waffle is AMAZING! We go on a regular basis with our 1 year old and they have great distractions for the kids.