THE HENRY, WEHO LA | The Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant

Every restaurant, regardless of size, location or cuisine, should strive to be a “great neighborhood” restaurant.  Why? If the locals love it, visitors will inevitably follow. After all, visitors always want to go where the locals are.

The key to becoming a GNR include some essential elements such as: approachable food that is timeless and consistently well done; a bar scene that is lively, decor that is trendy yet comfortable, a friendly atmosphere and a cordial staff.  When walking in the door to a GNR you immediately know you will be taken care of, your impression is that you are the only one in the restaurant, perhaps your name or order are even remembered by the staff! Doesn’t that sound like a place you’d go back to time and time again?

The Henry, on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood, is exactly that kind of place!  The Henry offers a variety of dining options, from breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside a full coffee bar and cocktails, wine and beer, the restaurant has something for everyone (including kids, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners).  The craveable food includes a range of cuisines, ingredients, and flavors that tempt every palate.

Owner and James Beard nominee, Sam Fox, envisioned a place for locals to grab a coffee, some lunch, after-work cocktails or dinner in a classic open-dining space.  The made-from-scratch American fare lives up to his vision, it’s a place you can get a burger, incredible steak, fresh fish, or a salad. You can get any of that at any time.  

The coffee bar opens at 7am daily and includes intriguing beverage options like a Flat White, The Cleo (espresso, almond milk, hazelnut) and The Butcher (two shots espresso, Colombian drip, a splash of sweet cream) along with fresh juices and smoothies.  Breakfast items cover all the basics with a healthful edge, such as the Egg White Sandwich, Quinoa Breakfast Burrito or the simply divine Smashed Avocado Toast.

The weekend brunch menu adds substantial favorites like Caramel Apple French Toast and Chicken & Biscuits.  Appetizer highlights include Black Truffle Cheese Fondue or Avocado Hummus. A host of alluring salads grace the menu, plus entrees, which include Jidori Chicken, King Salmon and Turkey Pastrami on pretzel bread.  The Bloody Mary & Mimosa cart elevate the experience.

The lunch and dinner menu include appetizers, salads, rotisserie meats and entrees.  Some highlights are the light but satisfying appetizer of Crudités, crunchy raw vegetables artfully served atop whipped tahini,  or the luscious Short Rib Potstickers. Rotisserie items include a Center cut Beef Filet served with roasted mushrooms or a Prime Rib Dip that has the glorious additions of a mouth-watering horseradish aioli & charred onions.  Some must-try entrees are the Portobello “Asada” Tacos and my personal favorite the Korean Prime Skirt Steak served with a heavenly double egg fried rice.

The delicious all-day fare also includes a weekday Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm.  To end your meal on a sweet note don’t miss house favorites Peanut Butter Moelleux (dark chocolate cake, salted peanut, caramel, peanut butter gelato) or the Carmel Apple Hand Pie (lemon cream, butter pecan ice cream, thyme).  

The cocktail list is pure fun and has more than a dozen choices, such as the Aperol Spritz, Rhubarb Paloma and an Italian Mezcal Sour.  The cocktails are a play on classic drinks and use fresh ingredients. The wine list offers a selection of wines from around the world. A variety of beers on tap are also available.    

Filling the bottom floor of the 1960s-built Robertson Plaza, The Henry’s eye-catching black and white exterior, striking indoor-outdoor cocktail bar and impressive front patio instantly beckon you in.  Once inside the natural light make the interior bright and welcoming. A mix of modern and industrial cool decor adorn the warm dining room featuring deep evergreen banquettes and navy and gold-studded walls.  Next to the buzzy coffee bar is a cozy lounge area, chairs and couches are surrounded by flower petal tables. Closer to the bar, high communal tables are set with high back bar stools near a built-in wall unit filled with magazines, plants and tchotchkes. The open floor plan bursts with charm and energy, every corner immediately feels like home!  

The Henry bills itself as the “greatest neighborhood restaurant”, and with this kind of utility, from morning to evening, coffee to cocktails, indoor-outdoor vibe and multi-faceted menu, it’s hard to argue against that claim.  Drop by and discover a new favorite. Take the things you love most about your GNR, beloved bar or coffee house around the corner – and you’ve got The Henry, The Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant!

Photography Courtesy The Henry