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Business Mon Jul 16 2007

Best Birthday Brunch: M. Henry


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.

 

Kathryn / July 17, 2007 12:33 PM

I haven't been back to M.Henry since I waited nearly an hour and a half, only to have the hostess (not the Cloris Leachman lookalike) seat a party of 14 which had arrived AFTER US without reservations. Coincidentally, she happened to be friends with that party. Hmm.

When we asked, she (quite rudely) told us it would be at least another half hour. We walked out and haven't gone back, a year and a half later. Too bad, because I liked their food, but that sort of service is just inexcusable.

Jack / July 17, 2007 10:39 PM

I love the food at this place! Yea wait times for brunch can get out of hand, but m.henry just added more seats and the wait time seems to have gone way down the past few times I've gone. Good food is hard to come by!

Crystal / July 18, 2007 5:00 PM

I loved their bread pudding as well. It had just the right amount of sweetness. I love love their bliss cakes - they melt in my mouth! I like the fact that they are not stingy with their fresh fruit as a garnish (the mango slices) or in their various fruit compotes.

I haven't tried anything from their lunch menu yet because I love their sweet breakfasts.

Service has always been pretty good even when they are busy. Not like "wow, the service is so great! I want to tip them 30% good," but pretty decent - no complaints so far.

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