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Nosh and Tell Journeys: A Boston Brunch at Henrietta’s Table

I need to start out this post by saying that I am fasting for Yom Kippur. I haven’t eaten anything since 6:15 last night and can’t eat until 7:15 tonight. For someone like me who loves food and loves even more to constantly eat just for the sake of eating, this is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. I don’t know what is keeping me from running into the kitchen and stuffing my face with whatever is in the fridge right now. To make things worse, I am about to blog about the most delicious brunch I have ever had. Getting through this is going to be difficult…
This is a statue of Henrietta, the pig. The restaurant Henrietta’s Table is named after her. I assume she’s still alive and is a beloved family pet- otherwise I think the restaurant would be called “Henrietta on the Table.”

I know I have mentioned this before but there is truly nothing better than sitting down at a restaurant and being delivered a basket of steaming hot, freshly baked bread. To be honest, this bread basket was the Mecca of all bread baskets. It was the Brad Pitt. It was the Antoine de Saint Exupery. It was the Maserati! The King! Perhaps I’ve gotten a little carried away but you will only understand the brilliance of this bread basket if you go to this restaurant. Open the soft green napkin and several different types of bread are revealed. There are some small Ciabatta rolls, thick and doughy whole wheat slices and perhaps the best of all, the cranberry walnut bread. Oh my, this cranberry walnut bread is just amazing.  It is crusty and tough on the outside and soft on the inside. The cranberries are sweet and tangy- it doesn’t even need butter! Seriously, this is the best bread ever. If I had known that I was going to eat 4 slices of this bread, I wouldn’t have even ordered brunch!

For an appetizer, my Dad ordered the prosciutto and melon. The plate came with a generous heap of cantaloupe, salty meat and microgreens. There was also a sweet balsamic drizzle. I couldn’t try this dish but I have had it many times before. I think the balsamic is a very clever addition because its bitterness would go nicely with the sweet melon, tart greens and salty prosciutto.

I ordered an egg skillet. It’s really hard for me to talk about this because it was so good and I am sooo hungry. The egg skillet is normally 2 poached eggs, hashbrowns and meat covered in cheese. I skipped the meat, but this was still a heart attack in a skillet. Really, it was amazing. The cheese was all melty and the eggs were firm. With some ketchup, this was a perfect brunch meal.  Even though I don’t have a picture of it, I also ordered the potato, cheddar and beer soup. What a combination!!! Potato and cheddar, sure, but beer?! I have to say while the soup was a little bit too creamy for me, it had a really delicious and complex flavor. The beer added a tartness that complimented the starchy potato really well.

Danny ordered the waffles with mushrooms. I think this is a great idea as it adds a savory flavor to a usually sweet dish. My Dad ordered meatloaf and mashed potatoes. While I don’t have a picture, I’d love to describe it to you all. It was basically a hunk of meat loaf over an equally large heap of buttery mashed potatoes. What could be better than that?

Henrietta’s Table is a really special restaurant. It is in the heart of Cambridge in Harvard Square. Amidst all of the eclectic stores with knick knacks and random toys, Henrietta’s Table is a classy and posh place where people can come to enjoy comfort food at its finest. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and the service was very quick. I wish I could go there more often but with each entree at $17, it’s more of a treat than a place where I could be a regular.

Overall, I would highly suggest going to Henrietta’s. Don’t forget to make a reservation before you go and even more importantly, come with an empty stomach. With all the bread, appetizers and entrees, you will need the room!

Sorry I can’t say much more, I’m just too hungry!

Bon Eating,
Ariel

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