Editor's note: TheaterJones has a new bi-weekly feature, Dinner and a Show, in which we will pair a performing arts event in North Texas with a nearby restaurant, so you can make a night of your arts going. The restaurant reviews are written by Kelly Kirkendoll, a longtime North Texas public relations guru and food blogger who has the Kitchen Gone Rogue blog, where she writes about the local dining scene and shares recipes and other tips. The "show" part of this feature will be written by a TheaterJones arts writer. Look for this column every other Thursday.
March 22-April 7
Presented by Uptown Players
Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas
For tickets, click here
The show, by Jack Plotnick and Broadway performer and musical diva superfan Seth Rudetsky, is a spoof of 1970s disaster films like Airport (and Airplane!), The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, and uses songs from the era. You know there's gonna be a morning after. The musical ran for two months on Broadway in 2016, and we're thinking if anyone can do a production of it right, it's Uptown Players, which knows how to serve camp with top-notch performers and directors. B.J. Cleveland directs, Kevin Gunter is music director, and the cast includes Josh Bangle, Chimberly Carter Byrom, Alyssa Cavazos, Gregory Hullett, Kyle Igneczi, Linda Leonard, Laura Lites, Randy Pearlman, Cara Serber, Quin Solley, Trey Tolleson, Kylie Arnold, Ellen Eberhardt, Jacob Hemsath, Lance Jewett, Gena Loe, Ania Lyons, Rodney Morris, Ryan Nuss, and JT Snyder.
Rudetsky and Plotnick will attend the show on Thursday, March 28, and stay for a talk-back.
Look for an interview with Seth Rudetsky coming on TheaterJones.
Address: 2301 N. Akard St., Suite 250 in Dallas (MAP)
Coffee Shop: breakfast, 7-10:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 4-11 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rooftop Bar & Lounge: Sunday-Thursday, open until midnight; Friday & Saturday, open until 1 a.m.
Parking: Valet (probably the easiest with construction still going on in the area); street parking or parking garage
Distance from the show venue: about a 10-15 minute-drive to the Kalita Humphreys Theater, depending on traffic
When I had to select a restaurant near Uptown in Dallas, it took me about a second to select the newly opened The Henry. I’ve been anticipating its opening and the opportunity to check it out.
Part restaurant, part coffee shop, part private dining spot, part rooftop bar and lounge, The Henry in Dallas is a huge, sprawling establishment that hails itself as “the greatest neighborhood restaurant.” With such a large claim, scope and size, one might worry that they’re teetering on trying to be too many things to too many people, but from what we experienced and witnessed, The Henry is already humming along nicely on all fronts.
The Henry hails from the Fox Restaurant Group—the same company that’s behind Flower Child, True Food Kitchen and North Italia. Dallas is city number three for the concept, behind Phoenix, Ariz., and West Hollywood, Calif.
The interior features tall windows, wide plank wood floors, dark wood checkerboard-like tables and a style I’m calling old school stately glam meets industrial modern. The result? It’s a gorgeous space that made us want to linger.
The dinner menu at The Henry offers a wide range of appetizers, entrees and sides, with several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options clearly noted.
Appetizers include chicken tortilla soup, house made pretzels and cheese fondue, wild shrimp, short rib potstickers, artichoke and roasted mushroom toast with black truffle goat cheese, king crab, guacamole, smoked Norwegian salmon and parmesan truffle fries.
As a starter, we ordered the guacamole and chips. The guacamole was made with large, fresh chunks of avocado, roasted jalapeño, charred onion, pico de gallo and queso blanco. It doesn’t get much better than fresh guacamole scooped up with crunchy tortilla chips, although I thought the guacamole could have used just a bit of lime, and my friend thought it could have used a bit more salt, proving that you can’t please everyone, but you can get close! My friend was able to add salt via the salt shaker on the table; I would have loved the option of a lime wedge served with the guac. On a different note, the charred onion taste was subtle, so if you aren’t a fan of charred or smoky flavors, don’t let that deter you from ordering the guacamole.
The Henry’s dinner menu offers a wide and unique range of salads plus steak, ribs, chicken and other entrees that include: seared ahi tuna, a wagyu burger, a spicy wild shrimp boil, a harvest bowl, Scottish salmon, grilled portobello tacos and green chili chicken enchiladas.
We ordered the wagyu burger, subbing the fries for roasted brussels sprouts with cashew harissa. The burger was flavorful and juicy, with plenty of thick, crispy bacon. My foodie friend described it as having “good bacon coverage.” The burger was also topped with grilled onion, shredded lettuce, white cheddar and a special henry sauce, which tastes like a mustard seed-infused Thousand Island.
Substituting the fries for the brussels sprouts was the best decision of the day because they were the most delicious bites of the day … probably of the week. There’s often one special standout at a restaurant that beckons me to return and haunts my taste bud dreams, and the brussels sprouts are the one at The Henry. They were cooked to perfection, and the cashew harissa sauce was genius.
We also ordered the Scottish salmon, which is served with roasted beets, a marcona almond pesto and sherry pomegranate molasses. Typically, it’s served atop a bed of toasted grain risotto, but I opted for quinoa instead, thanks to my dairy allergy. The mixture of tastes and textures made this entrée a standout that I would definitely order again. The salmon was crispy and salty on top, soft and flavorful on the inside and balanced by both the delightful crunch of the marcona almonds and the brightness of the beets.
I didn’t plan on eating dessert the day we visited The Henry, but when we learned that they had a dairy-free/vegan carrot cake with vegan cream cheese icing and vegan ice cream (topped with toasted coconut), we suddenly had room for dessert! The carrot cake was everything carrot cake should be, and the dairy-free cream cheese icing hit as close to the real thing as anything I have tasted.
Our service was spot on too (sending a shout out to our server, Bryan). The only suggestion I have for improvement is to serve drinks (even water) with coasters or cocktail napkins. Our drinks were not only sweating, but they left rings on the beautiful wood tables.
TIPS: If you go, I have 2 additional recommendations for you:
1) Make reservations (especially if you go or dinner)
2) Go to their website and sign up for their enewsletter; they will instantly send you an email you can show your server for $10 off your $20+ order.
» View more pictures from The Henry by clicking the slideshow icon in the floating menu at the lower left of your screen
» You can also read Kelly's review of The Henry on her blog, Kitchen Gone Rogue, which has additional photos.