Ah Henrietta Hots; the finale of many of my college nights filled with debauchery. As an RIT student I remember many a night spent on line waiting anxiouslyto stuff my face.
They’ve changed the layout and decor of the place since I was in college. I was reading on the wall that this change took place in 2013. I’m not a fan of the new layout. It looks like they started working on it and decided to stop half way through. I miss the old booths. The decisions they made to have stand-alone tables probably makes more sense. I can’t imagine having to clean under a booth; that must have been awful.
Enough nostalgia for now; let’s talk plates. Henrietta Hots is located (as the name would suggest) in Henrietta by the marketplace mall. The cheeseburger plate will cost you 8$. I didn’t remember that they have a giant vat of pickles sitting on the counter for all to enjoy. I liked this touch; it’s a nice lagniappe you can enjoy while you’re waiting for your entree.
The plate I received was one of the greasiest plates I’ve had thus far. After completion of the plate it looked like a scene from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill. Let’s break it down:
The cheeseburger here was good; it was one of the finer points of this plate.
Meat Sauce: 3
A very mediocre meat sauce. Nothing special.
Potato Side (French fries): 3
The fries were also rather mediocre. If you like your fries on the crispy side this is the place for you.
Mac Salad: 2
One of the weird things about this plate was that the mac salad was cold. Like it had just come from the fridge cold. I suppose that’s fine but it was a weird juxtaposition to have something that cold in your food. To speak to the taste; it was boring, drab, etc.
I didn’t receive bread. I’m sure this was merely an oversight but I’ve decided to deduct a quarter point from the score. I don’t recall the bread being anything special.
Portion Control/Composition: 3
Too heavy on the mac salad and not enough fries is the main culprit for the low score here. They give you a healthy portion but composition was less than stellar.
Overall Score: 2.75
While this plate wasn’t as bad as the rating would suggest (a bread penalty was issued), there are places I’d rather go. Henrietta Hots is a flag bearer for mediocrity.