By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
For over 17 years, Henry’s has been a staple on the Boca/Delray dining scene, serving up quality American comfort food for customers who could be seen frequenting the restaurant at least 3-4 times a week.
And while Henry’s has spent these years under the helm of the successful Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, the time has come for it to find a new home. As of this past April, new ownership has taken the lead at Henry’s, and they are by no means new to the business. Henry’s new sister restaurants include two well known Boca Raton spots, Ke’e Grill and Tom Sawyer’s, as well as Cool’a Fish Bar in Palm Beach and The Crow’s Nest in Venice.
Just before the change in ownership occurred, a new executive chef was put in place. Florida-born-and-bred Chef Amy Mandile, the daughter of two restaurant owners in Stuart, has that culinary edge that only someone who grew up in a restaurant family can have. With no formal training aside from the skills she developed as a child and the experience she gained while working in various restaurants, Chef Amy knew it was her passion and will to learn was what would push her to the top.
Her background includes positions at RJ Gators in Jupiter as their corporate trainer and new store opener, followed by an Executive Chef position at Fred’s Ultima Café in Palm Beach before taking a position at Henry’s for the first time in 2002. There were multiple times she left to pursue opportunities elsewhere, such as food and beverage manager at a golf course and front-of-house manager at Farmer’s Table, before ultimately returning to Henry’s as their new Executive Chef.
Now that summer is upon us, Chef Amy has taken advantage of this season’s ingredients and abundance of fresh, organic produce available in our area to revamp the menu and add 15 new lunch and dinner items.
For lunch, over half of the 11 for $11 menu has been replaced with new options including the turkey and brie wrap, Thai chicken salad, open-faced tuna melt, Mediterranean wrap and eggplant parmesan. This special menu is available to diners Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and includes a choice of soda, coffee or tea with each plate.
Organic has become a buzzword at Henry’s, with three new organic salads on the menu as well as organic red and white wine varietals, both hailing from Sonoma, CA. The organic summer salad, with spinach, cherry tomatoes, toasted almonds, strawberries, goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette, is a beautiful blend of bright color and flavor. The combination of ingredients is well balanced, with the tart goat cheese helping to offset the sweetness of the strawberries and tomatoes. The dressing is where it’s at though — so light and refreshing, it practically screams summer, especially with a crisp glass of organic white wine to wash it all down.
While Henry’s signature nightly specials have for the most part remained the same, including the chicken pot pie on Sunday, southern fried chicken on Monday and Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, the new dinner entrées have been well received by diners.
Seafood fans must try the new grilled salmon, plated atop a bed of roasted vegetable ratatouille and drizzled with a pomegranate glaze; or the sesame-seared tuna, served with Henry’s signature fried rice, crispy carrots and wasabi-soy drizzle.
Chef Amy’s new menu isn’t the only thing turning heads this summer — the weekly promotions are quickly gaining attention too. The Summer Sunset menu, offered daily from 5-6:30 p.m., features a selection of 11 entrée options or four signature pastas, each coming with a choice of soda, iced tea or coffee and a starter soup or salad.
There is also a Summer Wine Down menu available with a rotating list of featured wines by the bottle starting at $20 each, half-priced bottles of wine with the purchase of an entrée during Wine Wednesdays, and Kids Eat Free all day, every day, with the purchase of an adult entrée (children 12 and under). Extended summer happy hour is every day at the bar and dining room, featuring half-price beer, wine and spirits from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Guests can order from a special bar bites menu at the bar from 4-5 p.m. as well.
Henry’s is located at 16850 Jog Road in Delray Beach. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and dinner is Monday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m., Sunday from 5-8 p.m.