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Clarksburg Edition: Hart Kitchen

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Hart Kitchen

One of my favorite new restaurants in the whole state is Hart Kitchen, located in Clarksburg.

Hart Kitchen

This new spot is from Chef Anne Hart, formerly of Provence Market in Bridgeport, which was damaged in a fire a few years ago. I have great admiration and respect for Chef Hart, who has helped pioneer the farm-to-table movement in the area and is endlessly creative and driven. 

Hart Kitchen

Hart Kitchen has two components: the eatery and the cookery. So in addition to the restaurant that we'll talk about here, there is a large cooking space used for classes - whether that's for kids or date night. This would be so fun to check out with a small group of friends (who are all vaccinated).

Hart Kitchen

The restaurant has a modern and sophisticate vibe. The logo is minimalistic, the walls are a dark navy, and select patterns decorate the fabrics. The art is salvaged from the previous Provence Market location and is created by a family member. 

Hart Kitchen

The menu changes often - incorporating influences from the previous restaurant, what's local and seasonal. When I visited, I wanted to try a little bit of everything. I started with an appetizer of the "Welsh Rarebit Cheese Toast," which has bubbly cheese and porter sauce topped on the toasts (a nod to the Brits). It's so simple in concept, but it was cheesy, thick and crunchy, too. And, the bits of chopped spring onion on top not only gave it some color but also cut through the richness of the dish.

Hart Kitchen

And, if one appetizer wasn't enough, I was convinced I needed to try the deviled eggs - one of the best sellers on the menu. Chef Hart said this is really a personal recipe that she may use at events, but it is a perfect fit for the restaurant menu, too. These little-bite sized pops of flavor are creamy, brightly sour and super craveable. 

Hart Kitchen

Onto the main entree: the pasta of the day! Made with a local sausage and grilled veggies on top of pappardelle, this entree was a beautiful mix of textures, colors and flavors. It was rustic with bold, hearty flavors. A perfect contrast to the refined appetizer I just enjoyed.

Hart Kitchen

Finally, dessert. The desserts here change often, and on this day, there was a take on a French toast with a delicious cream sauce, ice cream and beautifully toasted bread. 

Hart Kitchen

I can't wait to go back and see the new additions to the menu and find my next favorite dish.

Grade: A

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