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m. henry

5707 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - (773) 561-6100
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 3/10/2013 11:34:00 PM
There's no shortage of great breakfast spots in Chicago, and many of them have already been written about here at Roadfood.com. Let us add one of our favorites to the mix, Andersonville's m. henry. Their motto is "chow for now," which apparently refers to a modern food sensibility that focuses on locally sourced and organic provisions and healthy eating. But, clearly, taste comes first here because the breakfasts we've tried have been sensational.

Fannie's Killer Fried Egg Sandwich, a breakfast menu highlight, fills toasted sourdough slices with two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, and fresh thyme. It sounds great and tastes even better. A spectacular breakfast special of butternut~applepecan hotcakes (tilde theirs) incorporated butternut squash into the batter. The whole shebang was garnished to a fare-thee-well with fruits and nuts, creams and syrups. We have our eyes on a dandelion, leek, and shallot omelette for a future visit. No, this ain't your uncle's diner grub!

Fruit juices and lemonade are fresh-squeezed. Locally roasted coffee is organic and fair trade. On your way in you'll pass through the bakery, and those cinnamon rolls (and cakes and tarts and brownies and cookies) look mighty tempting.

The lunch menu features a roster of well-thought-out sandwiches, including some vegetarian options like a nut-and-grain meatloaf and a veggie Dagwood. And we have to love a place that features two versions of grilled cheese. There are also hot bowls built around noodles, brown rice, or black beans.

Prices are more than reasonable for food prepared with this much care. Most breakfast and lunch dishes run in the $7-10 range. Brunches are particularly popular, and you can expect a significant wait on weekend mornings. The restaurant closes at 3, the bakery at 4.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fresh-Squuezed Orange Juice - Large
Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes
Fannie's Killer Fried Egg Sandwich
Applewood Smoked Bacon
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Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes were a special the morning we visited. The batter includes butternut squash, and between the cakes are apples and maple mascarpone creme. They are crowned with toasted pecans and drizzled with apple cider syrup.
"Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes were a special the morning we visited. The batter includes butternut squash, and between the cakes are apples and maple mascarpone creme. They are crowned with toasted pecans and drizzled with apple cider syrup."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Drunken eggs is only a nickname for this dish, as it is formally known as Jorge's black bean cakes and huevos borrachos.  We especially enjoyed the adobo sauce on top.
"Drunken eggs is only a nickname for this dish, as it is formally known as Jorge's black bean cakes and huevos borrachos. We especially enjoyed the adobo sauce on top."
Cliff Strutz


Fannie's Killer Fried Egg Sandwich is a showstopper of over-medium eggs and gorgonzola, with applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, and fresh thyme, on toasted sourdough. M. Henry's excellent house potatoes are served alongside.
"Fannie's Killer Fried Egg Sandwich is a showstopper of over-medium eggs and gorgonzola, with applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, and fresh thyme, on toasted sourdough. M. Henry's excellent house potatoes are served alongside."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


You pass through the bakery on the way to the restaurant, which makes your breakfast decision that much harder.
"You pass through the bakery on the way to the restaurant, which makes your breakfast decision that much harder."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Dining with the legendary ChiTownDiner means to expect the unexpected.  When our waitress mentioned they had brioche bread pudding with blackberries and peaches available as a dessert, he chose to order it as an appetizer!
"Dining with the legendary ChiTownDiner means to expect the unexpected. When our waitress mentioned they had brioche bread pudding with blackberries and peaches available as a dessert, he chose to order it as an appetizer!"
Cliff Strutz


The creative Latina omeletta fills the eggs with plum tomatoes, black beans, sour cream, sharp cheddar, plus green and sweet onions and then tops it all with a chipotle sauce.  On the side is plantains and house potatoes.
"The creative Latina omeletta fills the eggs with plum tomatoes, black beans, sour cream, sharp cheddar, plus green and sweet onions and then tops it all with a chipotle sauce. On the side is plantains and house potatoes."
Cliff Strutz


The room is bright and casual. Their website notes that if you like the feel of m. henry, they are available to help design your home or business.
"The room is bright and casual. Their website notes that if you like the feel of m. henry, they are available to help design your home or business."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Hanging windows and window frames divide the space.
"Hanging windows and window frames divide the space."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We have a feeling something food-related takes place behind this facade.
"We have a feeling something food-related takes place behind this facade."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


M. Henry, in Andersonville, is one of our favorite breakfast spots in Chicago.
"M. Henry, in Andersonville, is one of our favorite breakfast spots in Chicago."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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