Acworth is an area to which we don’t frequently venture for dinner. When some friends of ours invited us to meet them at Henry’s Louisiana Grill one Monday night, we took the chance.
I’m a cajun food fan, so I’m always up for trying a new place. We’d heard several folks talking about the food at Henry’s, particularly the Louisiana Ooh-La-La (oysters, shrimp, crawfish or chicken, flash fried and tossed with Tasso, spinach and roasted garlic in Henry’s spicy cream sauce, and served over angel hair pasta), and were looking forward to the meal.
The ladies started with salads and both ordered their salads with the “pepper jelly vinaigrette” as the dressing. When it arrived, they both said that it was way too hot for a salad dressing and asked for another kind. Hot? Sounds perfect to me. I took the rest of Jo’s and poured it onto my red beans and rice. Mmmmm. I could feel the top of my head starting to sweat with every bite. I don’t know what was in that dressing, but it was a mighty good thing, particularly on the red beans and rice. Our friends ordered the Louisiana Shrimp and Grits (sautéed shrimp folded into spicy cheese grits, topped with Parmesan cheese, red peppers and scallions) as a starter and were kind enough to share a bite. I think that would make a good dinner choice for our next trip.
I asked about the jambalaya and the waitress explained the number of veggie ingredients (see my encounter with “stuff” in my jambalaya), so I passed on that choice and decided on a gator po-boy and fries. Jo ordered the Skinny Salmon (grilled salmon, served with wild rice, sautéed spinach and tomatoes).She said that the salmon was excellent. The bite that she shared was very good. The po-boy was fine, but the remoulade was heavy on horseradish (I believe) and I didn’t enjoy it so the sandwich was kind of dry. The couple we were with split the Louisiana Ooh-La-La, with chicken.It is really difficult to make a bad dish when it contains both alfredo sauce and cayenne pepper, and Henry’s combination didn’t disappoint. The bites they shared with us were delicious.
The only complaint I could find with Henry’s is the seating. We went on a Monday evening and “kids eat free”, so it was very busy. And the tables were PACKED in. We were at a four-top, right next to another four-top, both of which were butted up against the back of two six-top booths with a full corner booth behind us. It was loud, difficult for the server’s to maneuver, and I was constantly staring at a three-year old climbing on the back of his booth, within a foot of my left ear.
We’ll go back, but likely on a different night.