Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 6, 2014
Harvest Bar + Kitchen, brought to you by Chris Crader and the folks from Harvest Pizzeria and Sycamore in German Village, adds a whole new dimension to Clintonville dining. Open since March 1, Harvest has been jammed with families early, and a young, fun crowd later in in the evening, with lots of people-watching inside and out.
Harvest Bar + Kitchen brings the same emphasis on local sourcing, quality ingredients, and friendly, laid-back service just like its older siblings. The restaurant is plain but warm, with high tin ceilings, wood tables and booths, and seating at the L-shaped bar. Harvest does not take reservations, so go early.
We shared all of the dishes with friends. We started with small plates: 4 kinds of olives ($6); portobella fries with banana ketchup ($8); and ricotta gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms, butter, sage, and pesto ($7).
We tried half orders of all four salads ($9 full, $4.50 half), each with house-made dressings: house chop, chick peas, ricotta salata, Italian dressing; kale Caesar, parmigiano reggiano, hazelnuts; arugula & spinach, Cambazola cheese, apple, walnuts, cranberry, buttermilk dressing; “mean green” salad: local jewel lettuce, spinach, avocado, green goddess dressing.
We enjoyed Harvest’s margerita pizza + sausage ($13); almond pesto pizza, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and artichoke ($12); and duck burger (yes, duck burger) with orange marmalade, and slaw ($15).
For dessert: Chris’ mother’s homemade apple pie a la mode, huge portion ($6) and butterscotch budino (pudding), caramel sauce, creme fraiche, hazelnuts, and sea salt ($6), a highlight.
There is a nice selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. We enjoyed a bottle of 2012 Bodega Breca Garnacha de Fuego, a bargain at $24. My only constructive suggestion would be to offer more moderately priced wines (under $30).
Harvest Bar + Kitchen is off to a great start, and it brings new excitement to dining in Clintonville – lots of fun!
Harvest Bar + Kitchen
2885 N. High