Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PHOTOS: Harvest Moon Grille

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Harvest Moon Grille, the restaurant, not the food cart, is now open in the Dunhill Hotel Uptown, where Monticello used to be.

The restaurant specializes in "farm to table" dining. The Executive Chef and Proprietor Cassie Parsons is also the owner of Grateful Growers farm in Lincoln County. All of the restaurant's ingredients come from local farms within a 100-mile radius, with a few exceptions (olive oil, fish, spices, etc).

The restaurant is one of the more casual fine dining establishments. Big stretched canvas photos of the farm line the walls, along with a prominent chalk board featuring the daily specials. Fellow diners dressed casually in jeans and sweaters.

The cheese and salumi plate was delicious. The highlight was the African cheese with hints of spice. The house-made ravioli was also a winner. Try the fallafels served with baba and tziki, which were more like little crispy croquettes. Skip the brisket and gravy – the meat was a bit tough and the gravy was on the salty side.

Regarding desserts, I didn't enjoy the sweet potato bread pudding with homemade marshmallows as much as others I guess. Per the waitress' raving recommendation, I ordered it with high hopes. The marshmallows tasted flour-y on my tongue and I didn't find the mushy layer of sweet potatoes on the bottom too appetizing. I heard the chocolate ganache and peanut butter cake is delicious, so I'd say try that instead.

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