Disclosure: I was invited to dine as a guest of the restaurant. No monetary compensation has been received for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
West Delray…a place people rarely venture if they live East of 95. In doing so, they are missing out on gems like Henry’s. Created by legendary South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport in 2000, Henry’s has been a go-to dining destination for American comfort food for the past 15 years. Henry’s uses the best in-season products, select cuts of meats and poultry and the freshest seafood available. There is a large dining room, a beautiful bar, and a gorgeous patio for al fresco dining.
Executive Chef, Warren Lee, believes that the right approach to cooking is to do it the right way all the time- with flavors, appearance, and most importantly, consistency. He is a real team player, and believes that if his staff is successful, he will be as well. This was proved true by the quality of the food we were served.
I asked the server for a drink recommendation and he told me to try the Key Lime Martini. Now I am not a huge fan of super sweet drinks, but he told me this was balanced between tart and sweet and that if I didn’t like it I could get something else. I am so glad that I took his advice. This martini was so good that it got passed around the table before I could take a second sip. Made with the in-house key lime curd, I may have found my new favorite cocktail in South Florida!
First we started with Lobster and Shrimp Flatbread. Roasted garlic puree, fresh tomatoes, swiss, parmesan, mozzarella, and old bay sauce. The crust had the crisp I look for and the taste brought me back to New Jersey/Philly when we used to have crab nights at the local bars. Old Bay is one of those seasonings for me that brings with it very fond memories of my childhood.
Following that we had the Tuna Napoleon. A beautifully plated dish consisting of diced tuna, cucumber, avocado, scallions, ponzu sauce, and crispy wontons. I could not get enough of this dish! Great flavor, vibrant colors, and you will want more as soon as you take the last bite.
We finished the appetizers off with a light and refreshing Poached Pear and Crispy Goat Cheese Salad. Served with mixed greens, candied almonds, dried cranberries, and my favorite part, the honey citrus dressing. All of the flavors go so well together, and goat cheese and pear, what is not to love?
Our dinner entrees covered your three basics. Meat, Fish, and Chicken. Each dish was delicious, but the Chicken Saltimbocca was my favorite on taste and originality.
Caramelized Onion Crusted Snapper was the first dish served. It was accompanied by mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus with a lemon butter sauce.
Next we had the Smoked Short Rib, which was served with boursin mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a charred shallot port demi. I loved the smokiness of this dish and the creamy mashed potatoes.
Last, but certainly not least, my favorite, the Chicken Saltimbocca. Thinly pounded chicken breasts with prosciutto, fresh sage, mashed potatoes (Henry’s sure knows how to make damn good mashed potatoes), and sauteed vegetables, with a sherry wine sauce. I have ordered this dish many times at other restaurants, and I would have to say that this one was so different, but in a satisfying way.
Now onto the sweetest part of the evening, (aside from my scrumptious martini) desserts!
Six layers of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. This was THE BEST carrot cake I have ever eaten! It was also bigger than my head, but none the less, go there now and get a slice, but bring three or four friends to help you eat it. Next onto the Coconut Cream Pie, which tasted a bit like a the Somoa girl scout cookies to me, also delicious. Then some Key Lime Pie and a Molten Chocolate cake. The Key Lime Pie was great, but I would have rather had another martini!
Henry’s has an extensive menu, an amazing Happy Hour, and everybody’s weekend favorite: Brunch! Check them out today, and let me know what you tried.
Henry’s is located at 16850 Jog Rd. Delray Beach, Florida
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