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Chez Henri (The Bar Area), Cambridge -- WOW!

A friend of mine brought us to one of his hangouts between Porter and Harvard Squares in Cambridge last night. He and his wife go to the bar area of Chez Henri every now and then for the cubano (Cuban sandwich). I had heard awhile back about how good the cubanos at Chez Henri are, but nothing prepared me for this. It was about as perfect a sandwich as I've had, with tasty slices of pork, ham, cucumbers, and cheese in French bread. It was a mess, but what a mess it was! The plantain chips that came with it were excellent, too. We also ordered a plate of ham croquettes which were also delicious.

I might have to go back tonight! I could live off their Cuban sandwiches there...

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  1. I love the Chez Henri bar too! Scott and Ari (???) mix up great drinks, the wine list is killer, and there is usually a nice, chill vibe through out.

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    1. re: ponyboy

      Is it uncool for me to sit and eat at the bar there if I don't drink?

      1. re: bee

        It shouldn't be. I've only been once, but my impression was that the staff are very friendly and accomodating. As long as you are ordering something (food, for example) I don't see why you can't sit at the bar. I say go for it.

        1. re: heathermb

          It should be no problem at all, I'd say. Especially since many people go to the bar for one thing and one thing only--the cubano.

      2. re: ponyboy

        For those asking, aren't there like 2-3 two-tops in the bar area from which you can order from the bar menu? I can't believe I haven't been there in a year. So many places to go to soon ...

      3. If it were less regularly sardine-packed there, I'd go more often.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Would it be inappropriate to take my 6-year-old to eat at the bar at Chez Henri, assuming we got there on the early side (say, around 6:30)? She's a precocious eater for a 6-year-old (she loves the fried oysters and the mussels at ECG), and I'm always looking for places that will please both of us. The more alternatives to Rainforest Cafe the better!

          1. re: Blumie

            I could be wrong, but I believe children are not allowed to be seated at bars in Massachusetts, even when just eating food. But I couldn't Google anything to confirm.

        2. Oddly enough, it was pretty empty last night around 8:30. We got a window seat, ordered our food and beers (their Munich beer was really good, by the way), and hung out for about an hour.

          Now Toad--that was a different story. Talk about sardine-packed. We had gone there for a beer before Chez Henri, and I couldn't breathe in there, it was so crowded.

          1. Yeah, try living 2 miles away...dangerous! Do I dare confess that CH is programmed into my cell phone??

            I also like the grilled chourizo/sausage with mashed potatoes. Not quite the weather for it now, but good beer drinking stick-to-your-ribs food.

            1. EXCELLENT Cubano. You know who make a pretty good one also? Anthem, over by the Garden. Not as perfect as CH's, but darn good.