First, we split a few appetizers - as the portions are small, we could have a real tapas-like experience. We had the deviled eggs pictured above (with bacon fat aioli, siracha, and chives); hanky pankies (crostini with chorizo, cheddar, and jam); blue crab hushpuppies (with old bay mayonnaise); and a goat cheese tart (with arugula, onion jam, and proscuitto on top).
It was all so delicious! For me, the standout were the deviled eggs, which had a pleasant heat without searing my mouth. As I'm a big baby when it comes to spicy, I liked that it was a kick to change things up without being too much. The bacon fat aioli added a great creaminess to the yolks, and the whole thing was positively decadent.
My friends both ordered pan-seared scallops over New England clam chowder risotto with a parsley puree. It looked delicious and also received rave reviews. If you're ever in Cleveland, Hodge's is definitely a place to check out.