Henry T’s, good lunch spot

Tricia Peterson / Washburn Review

I have been to Henry T’s a number of times and left satisfied but a couple weeks ago, I came for dinner, and was completely disappointed. 

That being said, I have gone back a few times since and been happy with my selections.

The atmosphere is that of a bar, with all the huge TVs, an area with bar tables and stools, as well as an actual bar, but on the other side they have a restaurant environment with booths and a patio area. When big games are on, they turn off the music and turn up the game, but usually there is some sort of pop, country or rock playing.

My favorite item, that I have ordered on more than one occasion, is the southwest taco salad. They offer  choice of crispy chicken, grilled chicken or seasoned ground beef, and I usually order the grilled chicken. I have ordered it with the crispy chicken before and that is good too, but I have been on a healthy kick lately, so I went grilled.

The salad has everything you could ask for with tacos, including grilled peppers and onions, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and shredded lettuce, all inside a crispy fried flour tortilla bowl, with ranch and salsa on the side. I personally don’t like the salsa they use, so I only use the ranch.

Although the salad is pretty amazing and I always eat it all, I must mention again the guacamole. The green dip is what inspired my review, because it was horrible. There was a lack of cilantro and garlic – two ingredients I feel are a must in good guac. With the absence of those two ingredients, there was also an abundance of lime juice, which gave it this weird acidic taste and every time I took a bit, I needed to eat and extra chip to get rid of the flavor. Needless to say, I couldn’t eat the whole portion, which was disappointing because I splurged for the larger portion.

Although the guacamole and salsa leave much to be desired, their smoked, pulled chicken sandwich does not.  I ordered this a couple weeks ago too, and was happy with my choice, which was recommended by one of the waitresses. It’s topped with cheddar cheese and KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, which I don’t usually like, but it went well with this sandwich. The bun was fluffy and light – not your typical hamburger bun. It’s served with your choice of a side and I chose the waffle fries, which were crispy but airy as well.

Overall I would say Henry T’s is a pretty great place to get a bite to eat and maybe a drink or two, especially on game day. All the food I have ordered has been pretty tasty, with the exception of the guac. Their menu includes so much more than what I have mentioned, and can be checked out on their website, http://henryts.com. They are located at 1521 SW 21st Street, within walking distance of Washburn’s campus.