If you like scratch-made home cooking and higher quality ingredients in your meals, then Houlihan’s is the place for you. They have a great menu loaded with hearty meals ranging from Stuffed Chicken Breast, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, and Fish and Chips to Buffalo Blue Salad, Chipolte Chicken Nachos, and Top Sirloins. To kick off spring, Houlihan’s introduced Field and Farm Special Menu, with two new appetizers, four new entrees, and a great new dessert.
We were invited to try out their new spring menu, and we weren’t let down. We have already sampled their full menu before, so we were excited to try the new, rustic inspired menu, which promised more earthly flavors. We started off with the Spiralized Beet Chips, a gluten free dish. Crispy, spiral “potato chips” is the first thing that comes to mind, with a side of ranch dressing. They are crispy chips, with a slight hint of sweetness. A solid early taste, enhanced by dipping the chips in ranch dressing. Think along the lines of a sweet potato chip.
For our main course, we got the Chipolte Chicken Sandwich, which you can order with a Gluten Free bun. It is a honey cumin-marinated chicken breast, chipotle mayo, guacamole, tortilla strips, shredded lettuce, tomato, all on a toasted brioche bun. A classic grilled chicken breast, but it has an extra crunch from the tortilla strips. The vegetables are fresh, a great, classic, simple sandwich without any over-complication.
Next on the agenda to eat was the Chicken & Italian Sausage Rigatoni. A sautéed diced chicken breast, Italian sausage, fried egg, fresh spinach, diced tomatoes, whole roasted garlic cloves, savory chicken broth, and grated Parmesan. A delicious pasta dish, the sausage was excellent, the chicken was perfectly cooked, and the spinach and egg added an earthly flavor to the Italian dish. The pasta did a fair job of balancing the flavors out, though in the end it was still a relatively salty meal.
To finish our meal off, we ordered the Mini Creme Brûlée. Topped with caramelized sugar, we had a choice: Vanilla Ginger, Chocolate Rhubarb, or Bourbon Butterscotch. We, of course, chose all three. The Vanilla Ginger came topped with strawberries and blackberries. The vanilla had a distinct ginger taste, not completely overwhelming but still a strong prescence. The Chocolate Rhubarb was our favorite. Delicious chocolate with rhubarb balls that, once in your mouth, exploded into a sweet sugary burst of flavor. The Bourbon Butterscotch had a strong bourbon taste to it. The mix was interesting, especially for non-bourbon drinkers.
Overall, it was a great value for the price, friendly service, and a great neighborhood restaurant that you can always count on. #SoEatingThis