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Business Mon Jul 16 2007
The only way to start a birthday is with a special meal, which is why I hauled my cookies this morning up north to Andersonville to ring in a new year with friends at M. Henry. As usual, this place did not disappoint.
We started with a shared bowl of the breakfast bread pudding, which was a delight of custard-soaked bread, topped with peaches, blackberries and a sprig of mint. I ordered what I think is a culinary masterpiece for my main dish: the bacon-wrapped baked eggs with polenta, cheddar and thyme, surrounded by a green salad with berries and tomatoes.
The creamy polenta, mixed in with eggs and cheese, made for an incredible eating experience. The salad of greens and fruit was tossed in a light vinaigrette, balancing out the egg part of the dish very well. The interior of the restaurant, with its vintage windowpanes hanging throughout the room, is very open and light. Service was good, despite the high traffic of diners and the extremely intimidating line of waiting customers outside on the sidewalk.
At the end of the meal, I was given a chocolate cupcake (which I could possibly not eat at that moment) and sung a very campy birthday song by the hostess, a Cloris Leachman doppleganger who held a light-up color wand reminiscent of a skating rink accessory in her hand. I walked out sated, and frankly, feeling pretty special.