Last week my fiance, Michael, and I were on a mission to find dinner. We were planning to go to Wert's Cafe, but the line was way too long and he didn't have the patience to wait! So, we kept driving and he recommended Henry's Salt of the Sea(one of my all-time favorites) on 19th & Allen Street in Allentown. I told him there was NO way we were going to get in on a Friday night at 7:30 but he insisted.

The streets were jam packed because Civic Theatre's Christmas Carol was playing that night right around the corner. He pulled up in front of Henry's and ran in to see what the wait was going to be. He came out with a big smile on his face and, much to my surprise, said, "We're in!" I guess this is a sign of the economic times, but I was kind of thankful because I was starving.

If you haven't been to Henry's before, the outside looks like a dive and the inside isn't very fancy, but the food is great. It has a small dining room with rustic decor and the food is prepared behind a counter right in the dining room, so you get to watch them prepare your food.

We ordered a shrimp gratinee appetizer which was very good. For entrees, I ordered the sole almondine and Michael ordered King Henry the VIII. My dinner was excellent, however Michael's was to die for - a petite filet mignon served smothered in Bearnaise sauce and served with a side of jumbo lump crabmeat with browned butter. Who could ask for anything more?

If you've eaten there before, what's your favorite dish? If you haven't tried it yet, let me know what you think once you do!