Friday, December 28, 2007

Hyden's

This restaurant is now closed. (2014)

Restaurant: Hyden’s

Type: Seafood

Address/phone/web address:
5104 West Davis
Conroe, TX 77304
936.441.FISH
http://www.hydensrestaurant.com/

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Local establishment or chain: local

At a Glance:Exterior Cleanliness: 9

Interior Cleanliness: 9

Service:
Hostess: 10
Waitstaff: 10

Food rating: 8.5
You should order: Seafood enchiladas; coconut cream pie
You should stay away from: Steamed veggies

Overall rating: 9.3

This is a long review, but I promise to make the next one shorter! It's still shorter than Sketch's blogs!

The Back Story
I’m not a big fan of this place at all. We had three poor experiences there in a row, and I had written them off, vowing I’d never return after being overcharged $15 at our last visit—not to mention mediocre food and service. Well, as the saying goes, never say never.

At the Hydrate Hope fundraiser last month, Jason, my husband, and I won a collection of gift certificates to various North County eateries. Hyden’s happened to be one of them. I decided we had better go ahead and use it quickly before that place closed its doors forever. There never seem to be any cars there, and since they moved from South County, I felt that their food and service had deteriorated. So that’s how we ended up there—a gift certificate. Needless to say, I set my expectations really low, as to not be disappointed.

The Review
As you can see by the ranking, the hostess was very friendly. Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad after all. I saw another glimmer of hope when our waiter, Darin (sorry if I misspelled your name—like he’s reading this or something), greeted us so genuinely. He didn’t seem to be reading from the “waiter script.” Throughout the meal, he provided us with prompt, informative, and friendly service. Ask for him when you go.

I’m getting long here. I’ll get to the point.

I ordered the Seafood Enchiladas ($18.95). It came with black beans and Spanish rice, but I substituted the rice for green beans because I’m not a fan of rice. If you would like to know why, I can tell you privately while you’re not eating. Jason ordered the Top Sirloin ($15.95) with Au Gratin Potatoes and Steamed Vegetables. Now, you gotta watch them because they charge an extra $1.95 for a salad or the Au Gratin Potatoes. That can quickly raise the price of one meal to over $20.

The enchiladas were out of this world! It was honestly some of the best food I’d had in a long time. There was a little bit of spice, but not too much for you pansy-mouths out there. I still have half of the enchiladas left, and I think I hear them calling my name right now. I definitely recommend them. They’re pricey, but worth every penny. The green beans were a pleasant surprise, too. They were not from a can, as most restaurants serve. Score another point for Hyden’s.

Jason ordered the Top Sirloin. It was cooked medium, just as he’d ordered it. It did seem to lack seasoning, though. He had to add salt. Overall, though, it was a decent steak. The steamed veggies were a little too steamed. They lacked color and were a bit limp. The Au Gratin Potatoes were very good. This was another surprise for me; the last time I visited, my dish had 3 small chunks of potato and a bunch of sauce. Ick. Definitely not worth an extra two bucks. But now I have a different opinion of those potatoes. Yum.

Of course we ordered dessert. I got the Coconut Cream Pie, and Jason ordered the Cheesecake. The portions were huge—large enough to share. I know the pie is made there, but I’m not so sure about the cheesecake. It was still very good and had a nice, creamy texture.

Needless to say, Hyden’s exceeded my expectations—and not because I had set them very low. It seems they are really trying to improve service and food quality—something that was missing in my previous few visits. I encourage you to go if you’ve got the money to spend. It’s not cheap, but based on this visit, definitely worth it.

1 comment:

  1. I live in the Conroe area and am not usually looking forward to eating out because there are not a lot of great restaurants in Conroe. I drive by Hydens often but never stop. Now I will. Thanks for the review and recommendation mrs. chewing reviewing

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