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Henry and Eli’s Side Street Pub


Henry and Eli’s Side Street Pub was named after the owner’s dogs, Henry, below, and Eli, right. Dogs are always welcome, and greeted with a giant bowl of water. COURTESY PHOTOS

Henry and Eli’s Side Street Pub was named after the owner’s dogs, Henry, below, and Eli, right. Dogs are always welcome, and greeted with a giant bowl of water. COURTESY PHOTOS

You’ve heard the age-old expression “it’s all gone to the dogs,” right? Well, it really has at Henry and Eli’s Side Street Pub. Located in the heart of Old Town at 112 Fitzpatrick Street, Henry and Eli’s asks you to come, sit and stay — literally. Guests are encouraged to bring their four-legged best friends to the eatery, which provides a full and delicious menu fit for both humans and Fido daily from 11 a.m. until midnight.

Named after the owner’s beloved pups, Henry and Eli’s serves made to order and made from scratch meals that are worth waiting for. Sit inside or dine outside with your pooch. Each dog is greeted with a giant bowl of water and can choose from mouth-watering dishes such as hamburger, grilled chicken, grilled fish or grilled shrimp on their doggie menu.

The restaurant houses a wall of pups, which showcases photos of all the dogs that have had the honor of dining at the pub. Dog bowls rest on every table and double as condiment holders. If you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere with no-nonsense food, this is your spot. The servers attend to you and make sure to treat your pups like royalty. Henry and Eli’s service is great and, although the food takes a while because it is all made from scratch, it is worth the wait. Each dish is loaded with flavor and is an upgraded version of your typical bar food. Their attention to detail shows and you’ll notice it with each bite you take.

 

Start your meal off with an appetizer — we dare you not to giggle when you order the “Lick your balls.” Panko-dusted avocado balls are stuffed with bacon and cheese and then fried to perfection and served with spicy chipotle sauce. Or try the Paw-tato Tots, which are cooked in duck fat and served with a garlic aioli and beer jalapeño cheese sauce.

If you are not worried about counting your carbs, try one of the delectable burgers or sandwiches which all come with hand-cut fries, or you can upgrade to the duck fat fries. Go for the upgrade, because the duck fat fries are out of this world — they are tossed in garlic, truffle oil and sea salt and topped with parmesan. Did I mention this isn’t for those counting calories?

 

With an extensive burger and sandwich list to choose from, Henry and Eli’s has something for every palate (yes, even the more calorie conscious). The grilled chicken sandwich is brined in sweet tea and is nestled inside a brioche bun. The sandwich is large and filling, especially if you upgraded and opted for the duck fat fries.

Henry and Eli’s offer pizza on the menu as well. With the open-air style kitchen, you can smell all the ingredients being baked into your pie. The Grecian pizza is heaven on Earth served in the form of cheesy goodness. Picture garlic and olive oil, hearty tomato sauce, grilled chicken, spinach and mozzarella all piled onto pizza dough then baked to crispy perfection. The pizzas can be eaten individually or shared with a friend, but trust me — it’s so good you won’t want to share with anyone, even your four-legged friend.

COURTESY PHOTOS

COURTESY PHOTOS

If you are craving lighter fare, Henry and Eli’s has huge salads to choose from. They offer the classic wedge salad, cobb salad, chopped Greek and shrimp avocado salads. Each salad is massive in size and can be shared if you’re feeling generous. The extensive menu allows you to choose from a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options, including the aforementioned Paw-tato Tots (gluten-free) and the chopped Greek salad (vegetarian).

If you can help yourself during lunch or dinner, make sure to save room for dessert. The beignet fries are mouthwatering and tantalizing. House made beignet dough is cut into french fry shape, coated with powdered sugar and served with chocolate ganache and key lime caramel. On your way out, make sure to snag some apparel adorned with their logo (which includes two adorable pooches, natch).

Happy Hour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily. During happy hour, enjoy $5 ground beef nachos or a $5 chili cheese dog with fries and buy-one-getone free drinks, including a huge selection of beer and wine. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at Henry and Eli’s on the weekends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. then you are in for a real treat as they hire local artists to play for the diners.

 

Since they opened in October of 2018, Henry and Eli’s Side Street Pub has been serving locals and visitors alike — not to mention their four-legged dining companions. You’ll fall in love with the laid-back atmosphere and the sounds of rock music lingering in the background, and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get to pet a pup or two. Who doesn’t love meeting a new furry friend? Come. Sit. Stay. ¦

 

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