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By Doris Subbio

Arriving at Hennessy’s Restaurant in Aston I was immediately struck by the warm and inviting atmosphere. I had heard it was a terrific place to watch the game, and judging by the amount of fans cheering on their favorite teams, I was not misled.

The expansive bar area had a good sized crowd and the large space of the room allowed for the feeling of openness. Plenty of TV screens surrounded the patrons who laughed and cheered as they watched. Circling the bar are comfortable booths where hungry diners can sample the terrific food while watching from a more private area.

Before we joined the fun at the bar, we wanted to have a quiet dinner where we could talk and enjoy the food and each other’s company. The hostess led us to a separate dining room and I was amazed at the change.

The entire restaurant has beautifully polished wood, tastefully accented with plants and eye catching décor which gives a flow to the rooms. But the difference between the bar area and the dining room surprised me. Many of the tables had been pushed together to accommodate larger groups. Some of the tables were filled with families, in one case three generations, celebrating a birthday. Others had couples like us out on a date. Still another had a group of ten women excited about their “girl’s night out.” Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time.

Hennessy’s seemed to have something for everyone and, once we took a look at the menu, this became even more apparent.

Page after page of sumptuous appetizers and entrees were accompanied by a list of the evening’s specials. We decided the task of choosing our meal would have to be done in stages in order to not miss a thing on the menu.

We ordered our appetizers from the specials and 11 choices on the regular menu, ranging from $5.95 to $8.95. Mark decided on Stuffed Mushrooms; Kennett caps filled with Hennessy’s creamy, rich crab imperial for $7.95. I chose the Eggplant Napolean special; layers of fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella and eggplant with a balsamic drizzle for $6.95. As Joe, our waiter, approached with the appetizers, I noticed some of the other patrons turned to look as he passed. The aroma of the dishes arrived before Joe did and upon seeing the beautifully prepared Eggplant Napolean, I understood why.

A tall construction of vibrant color, the dish caught your attention immediately. The first bite, savory and delightful, was as good as the last. We had to remind ourselves to eat slower, but the taste was so good that we gave up, losing ourselves in the wonderful flavors.

It was time to order our entrees and we were embarrassed that we were not being ready. There seemed to be so many unique and delicious-sounding dishes that it was hard to decide. We finally settled on Bourbon and Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin, presented over mashed potato with a Bourbon maple demi-glaze for $16.95 and Shrimp and Scallop Rosato, sautéed with prosciutto ham and mushrooms also $16.95. The pork was tender and juicy, the demi-glaze a sweet contrast to the bite of the pepper. The rosato was comfort food done with flair; the ham providing the perfect accent to the creamy sauce and plump shrimp and scallops.

After dinner we settled back with rich, hot coffee and dessert. Generous slices of Chocolate Madness and Carrot Cake, $4.95 each, were our choices for the evening. The rich creamy chocolate and moist carrot cake was the perfect end to our delicious meals.

Hennessy’s is open daily. Patrons can order from the expansive Tavern Menu, or as Pat Hennessy likes to call it “the anytime menu” from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Lunch is from noon to 3 p.m. and dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 610-494-6611 for reservations or to speak to the staff about planning your next banquet or catered event.

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