Susquehanna Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar – 11/09/2016

Great farm to table restaurant in the Harrisburg area!  HarvestSeasonalGrill.com/Susquehanna/

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Hello friends and family!

Time to check back in with our status,  as we’ve been quite busy for the past few weeks while visiting home with family and friends, medical appointments and procedures.   It is certainly a most beautiful time of the year to visit in PA.  Vibrant leaf colors, cool crisp evenings with roaring campfires and waking to frosty mornings.  Observing wildlife such as squirrels gathering nuts (and driving Stella crazy – squirrels to her are the enemy), whitetail deer and an occasional black bear who wonders through the campground foraging through the dumpsters looking to pack on those extra pounds prior to hibernation.  This is PA in its finest attire!

Totally in the “Fall season” mood and already in the Harrisburg area, we decided to have lunch at the “Susquehanna Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar”. fullsizerenderWe’ve dined here maybe 2 times before, and enjoyed the ambience and decor of the restaurant with it’s upscaled yet casual environment.  The menu is seasonal and offers steaks, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes prepared with local and organic foods.  They also have a seasonal changing wine and beer list which adds to the flare of the total restaurant experience. 585c58d5-e606-424b-a140-0e9390baee0e On this particular day I unfortunately, for whatever reason, did not imbibe in a wine with my meal (Ok, ok, for those of you who know me know this doesn’t happen to often, you can pick yourselves off the floor).  However, I enjoyed the meal none the less. Mr. Wike of course had his usual, “what do you have on tap” craft or other seasonal beer.

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Casey, our server!

The menu is varied and the description of each appetizer, salad, sandwich and main dish makes it very difficult to choose what to order. We both like everything and anything, especially if it is creatively and uniquely prepared which then makes it equally difficult to choose. Our server was Casey,  a pleasant young lady and very helpful in providing us specifics of each dish. This is why we enjoy Harvest Grille. Classy ambience and service with a creative menu and quality food.

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Fennel Crusted Tuna

We both enjoyed their signature butternut squash soup as an appetizer.  Mmmmmm…seductively creamy and flavorful.  For the entree we both chose from the fish and seafood list.

 

I fancied my palate with the Fennel Crusted Tuna served with Organic Cranberry Brown Rice, Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry-Pear Sauce, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

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Spicy Shrimp Noodle bowl

Kevin enjoyed the Spicy Shrimp Noodle bowl with Ginger Soy Chuka Soba Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms, Asparagus, Snow Peas, Toasted Cashews, Cilantro, Scallion, Thai Chili Oil, Sriracha Salted Lotus Root Chips.  Of course we always taste each others dish, and we both agreed that each dish was prepared to perfection and tasty.

Now who wants dessert? img_4618 Of course we do!  Harvest Grille desserts are “delectably rich”, but so worth every calorie.  What we both like about the desserts at Harvest Grille is the serving size.  They are served in a small serving dish/cup.  Just enough to get a good taste and plenty enough to round out the meal.  Kevin the ordered the pecan pie and me the chocolate salted caramel mousse.  We swapped halfway through each one so we could enjoy decadent deliciousness of both.  Again, worth every bite!

Most of you, I’m sure are wondering about the prices of all this glamour, class and taste that I mention.  Prices at the Susquehanna Harvest Grille are higher than some can or may want to pay.  If that is the case, save the visit for a special occasion.  However, the price for the quality of food and dining experience is well worth it!

Do we suggest you give Susquehanna Harvest Grille a visit? You betcha we do! 5 RV’s up baby! Bon appétit!

Powder House – Keystone, SD – 8/24/2016

The Powder House serves great wild game in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

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Rustic Powder House Lodge

Carol and I decided to go out for dinner and try one of the local favorites in Keystone, South Dakota – the Powder House.

As are most of the restaurants around here, it a seasonal restaurant open from mid-May until mid-October.img_1535

According to their web site,  the Powder House Restaurant has garnered a national reputation for serving some of the finest Prime Rib in the Mid-West, and  has also established a reputation for the fine Buffalo and wild game entrees.   Carol and I love wild game, so off we went!

img_1542We were seated promptly(with reservations) and the wait staff was attentive and friendly.

The restaurant interior is rustic and woodsy that really matches the local atmosphere.  Soon after we arrived, the restaurant became very busy, and it was a full house!

We were intrigued by their menu.   They had some interesting items, such as Buffalo meatloaf, Chef Les’ Pork Chop which was a 12 oz. double boned rack in pork chop, Vegetable Wellington-Asparagus, Red Pepper, Onion and Spinach wrapped in a Pastry with Pesto Sauce and Goat Cheese, Wapiti(Elk) & Tatanka(Buffalo) burger and bacon-wrapped trout.  Other interesting items were BBQ buffalo short ribs, Elk medallions, and a game sampler platter of buffalo short rib, elk medallion, buffalo sausage, and a blended game sausage.

Not your standard fare by a long shot!

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Bison tenderloin

I knew I wanted to try a bison tenderloin before we arrived at the Powder House, so my menu choice was predetermined! They recommend not cooking bison steak more than medium because it is very lean.  I like mine rare anyway, and they cooked it perfectly.  The texture was spot on and was very flavorful!

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Stuffed quail

Carol decided on having what was my second choice – Stuffed quail – three  birds stuffed with seasoned wild rice, roasted to a golden brown then finished with a garnet hued blackberry sauce.  Carol said the birds were cooked perfectly but the sauce was too sweet and there was too much of it, so much so,  that it “drowned”  the entire entree.  A little “spoon push” of sauce on the  plate under the quail would’ve worked better.

 In our quest to become “traveling foodys”, we always enjoy stopping at the local establishments to critique their specialties.  Some of the criteria we use when rating the establishment are decor, cleanliness, wait staff, menu, prices compared to the area competition, and food quality.

The Powder House met all the standards of an “excellent” rating with the exception of the sauce on Carol’s quail.   So the Powder House gets 4 RV’s up!  If you’re ever in the Black Hills, try it, you’ll like it!

Hibachi Hut – Manhattan, Kansas

Hibachi Hut serves up delicious Cajun dishes in a cool atmosphere in  K-State land!

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www.hibachihut.com

 

By now you all know Carol and I have been on an extended stay in Manhattan, Kansas waiting for our RV to get all of it’s warranty repair work completed.

This stay has us living in a hotel until certain repair components are completed (like completely rebuilding our shower!).  So I think we have eaten at EVERY restaurant in Manhattan!(Not really, but it certainly seems like it, LOL!)

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The “Hut” dining room

One of our favorites in our stay here has been the Hibachi Hut.  So right away, you think – Asian!  WRONG!  This place serves Cajun food!??!?   I know, that was our reaction too.

This place certainly has a long and interesting history.  It originally opened in 1965 by John and Margaret Anderson, and offered hibachi grilled burgers-hence the name “Hibachi Hut”.  The Hut quickly became a favorite in “Aggieville”(a bar/restaurant area just off of the campus of Kansas State University).

The restaurant was bought and sold a few times in the 1980’s, and the new owners at that time decided Cajun cooking was going to become a distinctive part of the Habachi Hut menu.  Gumbo, Tiger wings, Chicken Orleans and Spicy Shrimp were added to the restaurant fare.

In 2014, the restaurant moved to it’s current location in the beautiful downtown are of of Manhattan, under the new owners, Ward & Brenda Morgan.

So Carol and I decided to give this place a try – 3 times!  We had dinner first, then a Sunday brunch and finally a Crawfish Boil dinner they put on the 1st Tuesday of every month.   And every meal was a home run.  Their service is great and the prices were very good, especially when you consider the quality of the food served.

Our first dinner there,  Carol and I certainly went in different directions – I selected a “Hut Original” cajun dish – grilled  bacon wrapped shrimp basted with the Hut’s homemade BBQ sauce, served atop a bed of sausage jambalaya and sautéed green beans.  I’d have toIMG_1315 say that the jambalaya was outstanding.  Perfectly spicy, and great flavor.   And to top it off they served it with moist, warm, crumbly corn bread.

 

Carol chose the ultimate “stick to your ribs” Chicken Fried Chickenfried double breaded chicken breast, topped with creamy gravy, and served with sautéed greIMG_1313en beans and mashed taters – she NEVER eats like this! Seriously,  Carol is the ultimate vegetable junkie!  (Take notice in the picture below, she tore into her meal before I could even get the picture! LMAO!)  I didn’t have to ask her how her meal tasted, all I keep t hearing was “MMMM”,   “oh, my”,  “Wow”.  Suffice to say it was excellent.

Our next foray at the “Hut” was Sunday brunch.  Of course the best part was the $2(all day) mimosas and bloody marys – and I only had two!  UnfortIMG_1326unately we forgot to take pictures of our brunch FOOD(I don’t think it had anything to do with the bloody marys?)  Carol had two poached eggs atop cajun red skinned potatoes and peppers and i had a new york strip and poached eggs.  I asked for “rare” and I got what I asked for – a treat because many places today won’t serve you “rare” anymore!  I was a little hungry afterwards, because I typically get “leftovers” from Carols plate – but not today!

And last but not least, this past Tuesday we went back for the third time(we are now officially “Hut regulars”), for their monthly Crawfish Broil.

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The placed was packed and their was a line waiting for tables.  We had made a reservation and they had our table ready front and center right in front of the entertainment.  Rob xxxx was the entertainment and was pretty good!  He performed a lot of Dylan and Beatles.  Nice guy too(talked to him a little bit and his family is from Jim Thorpe, PA!)!

 

Click on the picture to watch a short video of Rob performing.

Lets move on to the food! Below are some pictures of the crawfish boil which Carol and I both had. It was again great food – presentation wasn’t the best but flavor was off the charts! Crawfish, shrimp, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes, collard greens, jambalaya, beans and rice – I feel full again just thinking about this meal. Carol behaved herself and ate a normal amount – I didn’t, of course and we(me) actually had three buckets! I know, I know, but it was SO good!

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Oh I almost forgot the best item on the menu!  Their homemade whiskey sauce bread pudding!

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Oh my, was this outstanding or what?  It was served warm, and that rich whiskey sauce added so much flavor. We had this dessert all three times we were there.

Will we go to the Habachi Hut again?   Well, we hope we won’t be in Kansas for a while since we’ve been here for an extended stay – but yes,  we would, because overall the food was very good, the service excellent and the prices were reasonable.

 

Little Apple Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas

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http://www.littleapplebrewery.com/

This was a disappointing meal. My husband and I are visiting the area and love trying local restaurants.
This place sounded good and had reasonable reviews. When we first got there we waited about 5 minutes until someone showed up to seat us. There was another couple sitting there as well waiting a little longer. When the girl did show up to seat us, there was no eye contact and no apology for waiting. I can deal with that, we all have bad days. Once seated, the waiter, a young man, very pleasant and personable addressed us almost right away. He took our drink and appetizer order. We ordered their featured salad of beets, goat cheese and pickled quail eggs. DELICIOUS!

We were excited to get our meals because this salad was so good. Sadly, neither of the dishes we ordered were impressive.

My husband’s shrimp and pasta looked good, but the pasta was “sticky and had an odd aftertaste”. I tasted it and thought it had an “old” or “stored in the wrong place” kind of taste. Not good. My salmon was good, but the asparagus was over cooked as was the rice pilaf, it had no flavor. Both dishes lacked attention and detail. Compared to other places in the area, the food was just not as good for the price.

Reviewed by Carol.