Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Henry...A Hip New Dining Concept In Phoenix

By: The Food Hunter

Fox Restaurant Concept's latest endeavor, The Henry, has been open less than a month and is already on its way to becoming a neighborhood hot spot. This unique venue, located at 44th st. & Camelback, hosts a variety of dining options, making it not only a great place to eat but also a welcoming place to gather.

There's a coffee bar located right inside the entrance, where one can quickly grab a pastry (all made in house) and coffee, on their way to work. There's also a lounge area offering comfortable couch seating, and large community tables where diners can work, meet with friends or simply relax and enjoy the free WiFi. Pulling it all together, is the main dining room with its mix of modern and industrial decor.

Serving lunch and dinner on week days, with breakfast added on the weekends the Henry covers all your meal requirements. The menu features made from scratch timeless fare sure to please everyone in your group. There's a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and main plates on the lunch/dinner menu; with an assortment of breakfast items thrown in on the weekends.

My husband and I recently visited The Henry for a late afternoon lunch and the place was hopping. If possible I would highly suggest making a reservation, if possible, as crowded seems to be the norm. We started our meal with two appetizers: the artichoke hearts and the Swedish meatballs.

The artichoke hearts were cooked on the wood burning grill, the centerpiece of the Henry's open kitchen. They were topped with truffle aioli and Parmesan breadcrumbs. My recommendation would be to get two orders of these as they are just that good.

The Swedish Meatballs were moist bites of ground chicken topped with just the right amount of dill and wild huckleberry. Sitting in a sauce of thick chicken gravy and Greek yogurt they made a nice transition into our meal.

Next up for me was the Branzino. Though I had all intentions of ordering a sandwich for lunch, I couldn't resist the fish when I saw it delivered to the table next to us. The European sea bass was cooked in a light lemon butter sauce and topped with a mixture of pearl barley, roasted mushrooms and kale. I knew immediately after the first bite I had made the right decision.

My hubby went with the Diner Burger. Cooked to perfection, and topped with the most minimal of ingredients, this was one of the best burgers he has had in a long time. We both agreed that the next time we are craving a burger we would be heading to The Henry to get our fix.

Whatever you do be sure to save room for dessert as you won't want to miss the bread pudding. Made from warm croissants studded with raisins and topped with caramel ice cream it was a decadent dessert.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food and lots of positive vibes give this Arcadia dining spot an upscale without being stuffy feel. Kudos to Sam Fox for creating another winning restaurant concept.

The Henry
4455 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix Arizona 85018
Tel: 602.429.8020

This meal was provided complimentary. However, all opinions and comments are my own. 

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