|Front door of Plow & Harvest|
Local comfort food. Who doesn't like the sounds of those words? So, when talk of Plow & Harvest (P&H) began to show up on social media, Breakfast Television, and in my inbox everyone including myself was intrigued. I was invited to attend a soft opening for a sampling of their mains and side dishes one August evening. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a huge red tractor. The restaurant is open concept and from the door you can see glimpses of the open kitchen.
|Big red tractor gracing the front door of P&H.|
To order your food, just walk a little to the left of the tractor and there will be cash registers and the menu available on digital screens. I am thinking that the set-up is similar to other restaurants where you order your food at the register, receive a number plaque, and then seat yourself. On a typical day, P&H also indicates that there are Ambassadors available to help guests out as needed.
|Here you would place your order at P&H.|
Seating is self-serve and there are a number of long share tables in the middle spaces of the room and then regular chairs and tables surrounding the long tables. There are no booths, so this may make it a little tricky for families that have little ones or need space to put the car seat or stroller. However, there is a fair amount of space around the tables for little ones that might need to stretch their legs.
|Long share tables with more seating a level |
and around the share tables.
There were also digital tablets available at each table where customers can click to see what the plates look like, read descriptions of menu items and even order their food (see the credit card swipe at the top?). The tablets also had various riddles, puzzles and games (e.g. paint) to entertain young and old alike.
|Tablets to order, play games or for more info at P&H.|
|Nice to see where restaurants are sourcing their food from.|
|Baked Potato Soup, Hand-cut Plank fries,|
Pickled Vegetables & Not-So-Sloppy Joe.
|P&H fresh squeezed lemonade, Ribstone Creek,|
Blasted Church's Hatfield's Fuse White and Alley Kat's Aprikat.
|Buttermilk fried chicken (top), Baked mac-n-cheese (middle),|
and P&H Grilled Cheese with bourbon bacon jam (bottom).
When talking to Chef James Bailey, he indicated that his favourite menu item is the P&H's Grilled Cheese sandwich which is served with a blend of melted spicy jack cheeses, smoky bourbon bacon jam, arugula, & roasted tomatoes on whole grain bread. On first bite, the sandwich was tasty. The cheese was melted, but the bread itself was slightly dry. I wonder if more bacon jam was needed to really provide flavour throughout the sandwich.
Last but not least, was the buttermilk fried chicken. This was definitely the winner of the night for everyone. The fried chicken was crispy, yet still juicy and had a nice accompaniment of dijon mustard slaw & pickled red onions. It is a great sandwich. I honestly wish I had a bigger portion so I could delve further into how good that sandwich tasted.
|Door prizes from P&H of fudge, P&H pickles and soda.|
|Sneak taste of the frozen vanilla custard (pretty delish!)|
All in all, this night was a good opportunity to hang out with friends and sample tastings of the various food that Plow & Harvest has to offer. With the sampler sizes being so small, it was hard to get a definite idea of whether or not the food item was supposed to taste or look like they did. Certainly, like all new restaurants there are some areas to fine tune over time. I am curious to find out what the full-size portions look and taste like. I would definitely return for that Buttermilk Fried chicken as it was pretty tasty! Another item on my list would be the frozen custard sandwich and custard floats!
Plow & Harvest
Daily at 11am