m. henry

Bakery | New American
Worth a detour

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.

What to Eat
m. henry, Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich
Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich
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.
m. henry, Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes
Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes
Butternut Applepecan Hotcakes include butternut squash, and apples and maple mascarpone creme between the cakes.
m. henry, Brioche Bread Pudding
Brioche Bread Pudding
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!
m. henry, Latina Omeletta
Latina Omeletta
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.
m. henry, Drunken Eggs
Drunken Eggs
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.
m. henry, Peach – Cherry Pie
Peach – Cherry Pie
Peaches and cherries are sandwiched between layers of a buttery and moist pie crust.
m. henry, Fresh Fruit Crepes
Fresh Fruit Crepes
The fruit crepes are bathed in warm peaches and sour cherries, along with sliced almonds and creme anglaise.
m. henry, Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Exercise caution: Housemade brioche cinnamon roll is made into French toast and then stuffed with seasonal fruit (peaches and cherries today), Neufchatel cream and topped with a granola crust. This is one monster breakfast!
m. henry, Turkey Sausage Patties
Turkey Sausage Patties
M. Henry's turkey sausage is a savory side dish with a mellow flavor!
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 2pm
Tuesday8am - 2pm
Wednesday8am - 2pm
Thursday8am - 2pm
Friday8am - 2pm
Saturday8am - 2pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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