On the corners of Norton and Barberton, we had been to Sweet Henrie’s once before for ice cream and were recently reminded that they serve more than frozen dairy treats so we thought we would give it a try. It’s a really quaint place and we were definitely the youngest folks there throughout most of the evening. No, we weren’t having dinner at 4 p.m. The median age did skew younger as the evening progressed. Everyone working this particular evening appeared relatively young without any sense of adult supervision in sight. This became more evident as the night wore on, with many tables sitting with empty glasses and few call backs as the staff joked and cackled loudly just around the corner for the majority of the night.
My initial beverage order was water which did eventually make it to the table and things were off to a distressing start. I wasn’t able to distinguish if the water was that bad or if they just don’t rinse the glasses after dousing them with soap. After waving down the server, she reported the water is horrible, and it is. I switched to tea which is made with the same water but is floral and astringent enough to mask the stink…I grew up with well water…this stuff is special in a horrible way.
The menu varies more than I would have
expected. We ordered a bowl of chili, a burger, and the broasted
pork chop dinner. A monkey dish of cole slaw precedes the burger at
the table. The slaw is sweet with an underlying note of something I
couldn’t quite put a name to. The bowl of chili was enormous, more
than expected. While it may not rate amongst the best or most unique
chili’s ever, it is rich and tomatoey (shout out to Dan Quayle) with
a mild spice blend and a great deal of beef. The burger that followed and
was also pretty standard, this offering with fried onions and BBQ
sauce. I almost forgot, it’s a deal too, as it was ˝ price burgers.
I don’t know if this is on a regular night or not. The fries are
outstanding for a single fry process. They appear fresh and I would
suspect fried in peanut oil for a hot and tasty starch. In any case
I would be happy with the burger and fries on just about any
occasion, just not ecstatic.
The Burgers are Pretty Good
The Chops not so Much...But the Mash is Great
Blueberry Cobbler with Cherry Vanilla
The chops were below par by about three
strokes. Broasting is the process of frying under pressure, which
typically you can only get in professional kitchens. Imagine a
pressure cooker (potential bomb) on your stove at home (hiss and
rattle), except this one if filled with boiling oil (I think the
military might have looked into this as a area saturation weapon at
one point). So why would anyone do this. The idea is a crispy
exterior, a moist interior, and a reduced cooking time at volume.
Watching the first bite from across the table I could tell things
had gone awry. The bite I tried was dry, stringy, and heartrending.
I couldn’t tell if it was a result of poor execution or cheap
protein. The side however was a stupendous surprise. The mashed
potato has every earmark of being fresh, little lumps, standout
potato flavor, a satisfying gravy. I would be curious to discover
what else on the menu is served with the mash! Not being able to
pass up dessert we tried a blueberry cobbler with a scoop of cherry
vanilla and a hot fudge sundae with mint chip. My understanding is
they make all of their own ice cream in house and it shows. The
cobbler was okay, but I think I would have been better off with the
ice cream alone. Thinking back on the experience, Sweet Henries is a
definite try for the ice cream alone, although I wouldn’t bother
with the cobbler. As far as the savory side of the menu, it might
take a few trips to find a complete meal that you might enjoy and I
wouldn’t be surprised if you did.