Friday, January 17, 2014

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

Back in November, I stopped by Harvest Seasonal Grill with the beau, and I must say it was a pleasant surprise.  This is a great place for casual dining that's a bit more upscale, and the menu is full of farm fresh and local ingredients.  I ordered the Cedar Roasted Atlantic Salmon (with Asparagus, Baby Carrots and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes).  I felt the portions were modest, but somehow the meal managed to be filling.  Everything was seasoned well and was really fresh; this made the price more justifiable.  J had the Coq Au Vin (Seared Organic Chicken Breast, Pearl Onions, Pancetta, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Merlot Sauce).  As usual I tasted a bit of what he ordered, and I thought it was even better.  I'm talking clean your plate, scrape your plate to get every inch of the sauce good.  This was my first time having this dish anywhere, and it's something I definitely want to try to make in the future.  It's definitely a good cold weather dish.

Harvest is definitely a place to try if you're in the area.  The food was good and so was the service.  Just one warning: beware of crafty waiters who will try to entice you with a tray of delicious desserts at the end of your meal without your request.  They will be delicious, made with layers of fruit, chocolates, cake, and rich creams.  We fell for the trap.  Luckily, the portions were small and just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without being too heavy; we ordered the banana cream pie and an Oreo-cheesecake like dessert.  Keep in mind that the menu is seasonal, and the food is farm fresh.  This restaurant also has an extensive wine and spirits menu which includes some pretty creative sounding cocktails, like the Grandma's Candy Dish.
Things I'd like to try on my next trip: 
Asian Barbeque Chicken Skewers
Wood Grilled Shrimp and Grits 
Local Farms Cheese Plate
Bison Meatloaf

Been here before?  Any other recommendations for farm fresh restaurants (in any city)?

Photo Credit: JRY3 Photography

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