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Daily Crave

First Look: Harvest Bar + Kitchen

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Last year, Harvest Pizzeria owners Chris Crader and Bethany Lovell announced they were expanding their gourmet wood-fired pizza concept to Clintonville. At this new, bigger space, the plans weren’t to simply copy the German Village eatery’s pizza and appetizer menu, but to expand it. To, as Crader told me last year, take advantage of a slightly bigger location and a little more startup funding to decorate the space.

Harvest Bar + Kitchen is now open on High Street in Clintonville. And, after a first visit, it’s great to see what Crader and Lovell can do when they’ve got the room to grow.

The new Harvest location bares little similarity visually with its predecessor. It’s bigger and more open, yet still has a cozy feel. The aesthetic is country-house clean with white subway tiling, red and white checked floors, black and white wallpaper and distressed white cabinets behind the bar filled with liquor and other knickknacks. (Though I must admit there are two things I miss from the original spot: an open kitchen where you can watch pizzas being fired, and the lack of a TV. The Clintonville spot has one at the bar, which detracts from the charming setting.)

But the Harvest Bar + Kitchen definitely has a few pluses over the German Village eatery—namely a large, crooked bar with seats for a dozen diners. As promised, they’ve also expanded beyond pizza. You can still find the fired pies we’ve all come to love at Harvest. But the menu’s also got a good selection of burgers and sandwiches, plus more starters. They’ve also got Curio-smart cocktails (like the refreshing Harvest Wallbanger with Watershed Gin, Pimm’s No. 1, Galliano, lemon, Cel-Ray soda and mint) and an expanded beer list.

Here’s a quick look at what’s new in Clintonville:

To Start: It sounds strange, but order the Fried Portobellos to kick off your meal. They hit every note you want from something fried—salty and crunchy with meaty mushrooms inside. And the banana ketchup (yes, banana ketchup) served on the side adds a perfect element of sweetness. It’s awesome. Try it. You’ll also find dishes like Ricotta Gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms, sage and pesto, and Warm Ricotta with lavender honey and a balsamic reduction.

Burgers: Hands down, Harvest Bar + Kitchen nails it on the burger toppers. They’re simple, well done and just make sense (a welcome relief in a time of dressed-up dishes). We enjoyed the Harvest burger topped with aioli, tomato jam, Canal Junction Wabash Gruyere and arugula, and the Duck with sweet orange marmalade and a fresh and spicy cucumber-jalapeno-cabbage slaw. (If you’re a fan of duck, you’ll enjoy this burger, which has the great duck flavor.) All burgers come with a little crock of salty smashed potatoes. There’s also a turkey and veggie burger option on the list.

Sandwiches: There were four on our visit, all served on Dutch crunch rolls with sweet potato chips—Italian Meats packed with five meats, plus provolone and house aioli and Italian dressing; House Muffaletta with mortadella, ham, provolone and whole grain mustard; Roasted Veggie with eggplant, red peppers, jerk cauliflower puree and green goddess dressing; and Roasted Turkey with cheddar, roasted red pepper, avocado and house aioli.