Even though the restaurant is busy, the service is attentive. Many of the staff are longtime employees, an excellent indicator of a well-run restaurant.I couldn't help overhearing the staff calling many of the patrons by name.More than a few customers proudly offered suggestions and commentary when they heard that it was my first visit.Henry's Magical Split Pea Soup ($5.95) is a vegetarian creation that boasts excellent flavor.The tuna tartare ($12.95) is elegant, light and served with an exotic papaya slaw for an interesting contrast.Starter and main plate salads are a little pricey, but the quality of the greens and the upscale extra ingredients justify the cost.The charred tomato vinaigrette served on the chopped roasted vegetable salad ($9.95) is an innovative twist to salad dressing and definitely worth a try on any of the salads.The entree selection is excellent, with something for everyone.The gourmet pot roast ($24.95) comes highly recommended, as does Henry's signature chicken pot pie ($18.95). Another signature item at Henry's are daily specials of country chicken casseroles ($17-$19), which are large helpings brimming with various regional chicken entrees such as Southern-fried, cacciatore and coq au vin.Don't let these simple items mislead you into thinking that Henry's is a diner.Even the simplest of fare gets upscale treatment with excellent ingredients, large portions, innovative side dishes and beautiful presentation.Upscale items include Dijon and Crumb-Encrusted Chicken Milano served with sweet potato ravioli ($18.95) and Roast Duck with fig-balsamic glaze ($23.95) plated with spaghetti squash and mushroom barley pilaf.A rather uncommon item, Ruby Red Trout with wild rice and amaretto buerre blanc ($21.95), was served to a person at the next table; the presentation was simple and refined, the aroma of the salmon-colored trout was wonderful.The desserts change often, but if available I highly recommend the banana cream and coconut cream pies ($8.95).These are given the star treatment and what could be ordinary is transformed into extraordinary.The banana cream has a golden topping ... literally. There is what appears to be gold leaf mixed into a crumb topping.This is a unique and spectacular finish to a wonderful dining experience.
Write to dining correspondent Donald Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or in care of the Sun-Sentinel.■■■½Cuisine: American
16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach561-638-1949hhenrysofbocaraton.com
Credit cards: all major
Hours: lunch Monday-Saturday; dinner nightlyReservations: recommended
Bar: full service
Children's facilities: high chairs, boosters
Wheelchair accessible: yes