If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with breakfast. I LOVE making myself breakfast during the week, but there is something very special about getting an hour extra of sleep on the weekends, and not getting my kitchen messy.
Enter...our weekend tradition of going out to breakfast. I wish I could say that we are part of the cool crowd that rolls into brunch on the edge of lunchtime with sunglasses and a hangover, but we are not. We are the early people that beat the crowd, rock out in cozy lululemon, and take photos of the food.
One of my husband's classmates mentioned that "the best pancakes in Chicago" were at this place called m.henry. Despite being 20 minutes away up in Andersonville, he had to go and test this claim. He wouldn't stop talking about it, so we made a plan for a destination breakfast up north.
I had previously been up to Andersonville with my friend Heidi and could attest to the plethora of cute restaurants, so I had some pretty high expectations. If I'm driving 20 minutes before 8AM, I expected something fabulous.
First things first, the staff here is AWESOME. Everyone has their own little style, but everyone is the friendly, helpful, and has a smile on their dial. You don't get far on your coffee before they offer a top up and they answered about 20 questions I had about the menu.
Speaking of the menu, it is full of delectable options and choosing was very difficult. I like to see options that go beyond the standard fare and m.henry fits the bill. On top of that, they have both breakfast and brunch menus available on the weekends. Double the difficulty in choosing...
Actually, let me rephrase that. I had difficulty choosing, while my husband just got everything.
Eggs, potatoes, pancakes, and candied bacon (recommended my our server). The potatoes were loaded with herbs and flavor and reminded me of my mom's breakfast potatoes. I was expecting something mind-blowing with the pancakes and was severely underwhelmed. They tasted like very average pancakes...nothing more, nothing less. The highlight of his meal was the candied bacon, which despite grossing me out in theory, was quite tasty. Fat+Salt+Sugar is a proven combo... apparently even with bacon.
I ordered the Salmon Benedict that I believe was on a seasonal menu. I regret it because it wasn't great and so many other things on the menu looks incredible and I had major food envy of other tables. There was a ton of salmon, but it was staked thick on a soggy english muffin with a lukewarm and over poached egg on top. The sauce was supposed to be something with sun dried tomatoes, but it was a bit vinegary and off.
Based on the Yelp reviews, it's clear people like this place, but I think we ordered the wrong things. The table next to us ordered bread pudding with berries as a breakfast appetizer. I want those people as my friends!
In a nutshell. Not worthy of the title of "the best pancakes in Chicago", but I still really enjoyed having some breakfast in a new little neighborhood. Apparently the quest continues. Carbs taste better on the weekends, it's a fact.
Have you tried anything sweet with bacon? I see all sorts of donuts and cupcakes with bacon, but I'm weary.
What time do you wake up on the weekends?