After a fatiguing day of cycling around Madison and catching up with old friends, we congregated at Harvest Restaurant on the Capital Square to celebrate the coming marriage of our friends Ben and Janice. I had forgotten over the past year how in love I am with New Glarus Brewing Company, so to say that I was excited to see their famous “Spotted Cow” represented at the rehearsal dinner would be a drastic understatement. I don’t know where to even begin with Harvest. This is the kind of place that smaller cities shine for and from. The ingredients are legitimately local and/or organic and are prepared with justice: my beet salad was crisp, edgy and creamy from the cheese, and balanced off by the vinaigrette. I almost opted for the grouper for my main course, but went for the braised beef instead and didn’t regret it one bit. The polenta beautifully combined with the soft succulence of the beef to create a calming, endearing dish. If you’re in town don’t hesitate to devote an evening to Harvest. Additionally, this place costs 2/3 what it might in larger cities.
First course: Slow Roasted Beets,Toasted Hazelnuts,
Buttermilk Blue Cheese, Hazelnut Vinaigrette.
Main course: Braised Beef Short Ribs, White Corn Polenta,
Apple and Celeriac Remoulade, Beef Jus.
March 26, 2009 at 10:18 AM
Don’t eat here. Read reviews. 50/50 that you will leave angry. The food, the price, the service, the Attitude! Bill