On one of my first social outings with fellow grad students, back in September, I had a wonderful brunch at M. Henry in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, about a mile from my apartment. I had a great special featuring chile rellenos stuffed with scrambled eggs, along with a side of beans and some fruit. Delicious!
So I was pretty excited when I found out that the folks behind M. Henry were opening a sister restaurant about two blocks from my apartment. I finally got the chance to check out M. Henrietta a couple of weeks ago along with my friend and fellow Albany ex-pat, Heather. Fortunately for me, Heather is more versed in the ways of Chicago than I am, since she’s been living there longer and wisely thought to bring a bottle of wine. Like a lot of places in Chitown, M. Henrietta is BYOB. Again, this is one of the things I love about Illinois as opposed to draconian New York liquor laws. In Chicago, restaurants are allowed to have a BYOB policy while they’re waiting for they’re liquor license, and many even continue to have BYOB when they do get a license. It’s pretty great.
Neither of us ended up being super hungry and Heather’s a vegetarian, so we decided to share the fruit and cheese plate, as well as a special entree – baked acorn squash stuffed with roasted veggies with a red wine reduction and then some spicy grilled tofu and sauteed greens on the side. Surprisingly flavorful! And pretty affordable too. I’ll definitely be headed back soon. I like that the menu is very simple with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. Oh, and the waiter was very helpful about helping us find stuff that was both gluten-free and vegetarian.
Unfortunately I only had my little Flip cam with me so the stills are a little blurry.