Arcadia’s Go-To: The Henry
Gone are the days when your only dining option was to visit a stuffy, white-tablecloth restaurant if you wanted to get some fantastic eats and incredible service. Meet The Henry. Pulling up to The Henry off of Camelback Road, you enter a dauntingly chaotic pool of luxury cars swarming for the next available spot. Then find your way to the entrance, with The Henry’s curvy vintage arrow directing you inside. (But before you go in, how about a selfie in front of the arrow?)
Inside is spacious and familiar feeling. To the left, you see groups mingling on Victorian-style couches; to the right, baristas brewing espresso at the adjacent coffee bar. You’re instantly thrown into a hive of workers, mingling friends and lively families. One of the greatest attributes of The Henry is the openness of the entire space. Fox Restaurant Concepts has managed to tastefully combine elements of classic and modern design throughout the restaurant. Notice the Eames-style chairs across from forest green, velvet booths. Sandwiched between are butcher-block tables stocked with ceramic dishes and cutlery.
Menu selections are both recognizable and appetizing. For starters, the short rib potstickers are a delicious twist on an Asian favorite, or try the prairie breeze cheddar popovers as a simple and fun way to start your meal. While the menu isn’t huge, you’ll still have hard time deciding from all of the tasty options. The go-to entrée is, obviously, the roasted chicken. If you go with this option, the next tough decision will be which of the seven sides to choose. Another dish is the wood-grilled pork chop, which is cooked to perfection and served with cauliflower polenta and Bloomsdale spinach. Choose wisely, because any of the entrées will land you in the clean-plate club. To drink, The Henry features great-tasting, inexpensive wines “on tap” (by the glass) alongside traditional offerings. If your day has been rough, treat yourself to the Boulevardier off the cocktail menu.
All the employees are approachable and friendly. You’re greeted with a smile at every interaction, and all of the wait staff are genuinely happy to make your dining experience perfect. There’s certainly no reason to argue The Henry’s self-proclaimed title of “Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant.”
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