Hempen Hill is heavy on menu, service

January 21, 2007|by SAVORY SAM
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Side dishes also earned praise. Sweet potato fries were delicious, with a pure sweet potato flavor that stood on its own. The Exotic Rice Blend was a good accompaniment around the table.

We did little more than sample the homemade barbecue sauces. The "original" is basically sweet, the hot 'n' spicy isn't very hot, and the "sweet" doesn't have the flavor to justify the sugar.

With room for one dessert, we split a slice of homemade carrot cake. The cake was dense, carrot-y and good, but we scraped off the thick, sugary icing.

The Savory Sams were happy with Hempen Hill. We had a couple of minor complaints - a tendency to add extra sugar; a couple of fresh foods not really fresh; a tendency toward heavy food. But hey! This is a barbecue joint, not a health food club.


It's spacious yet inviting and warm, and it smells good. The food is very good but very indulgent and largely worth the price of indulgence.

From the minute you sit down at Hempen Hill, you know the staff is going to take care of you.

Savory Sam is a pseudonym for a Herald-Mail staff member who reviews restaurants anonymously to avoid special treatment.

Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill

(out of 5)

Food: 3 stars

Value: 4 stars

Service: 4 stars

Ambience: 4 stars

Address: 13208 Fountain Head Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown

Hours: Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Express lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone: 301-797-4455

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