Most of the restaurants worthy of reviewing inevitably end up being in the city, but I love to celebrate small businesses in the suburban areas of this large metropolis. The south suburbs can at times be quality food barren, but Chicago and Then Some has attempted to find stand-out gems worthy of a visit for the palate.
Many of us are chained out, although quite frankly, I'm actually not. One of the reasons many, if not most people like chains is for their predictability. You know what you are going to get at a chain restaurant. Some chains are better than others, but we should support small businesses, particularly small businesses in communities in or near where one lives. For discerning adults, you will know these businesses pay taxes that assist your community. Smart people want to support small businesses. They also want to support large businesses, but the bread and butter of the typical suburban community in America is at times driven by the small businesses. You see those empty storefronts making your neighborhood look dismal and then making your home values go down, well get out and support the businesses that are within walking or a short driving distance from your home. Renters should feel the same way.
I've eaten at the Harvest Room four times. Over this past let's get out of the house before cabin fever becomes dangerous weekend I ventured over there with friends. The food on every single outing has been good to great. Some items are better than others. The Panini's are particular standouts and some of the unique dishes on the menu range from great to ok I tried that.
The sweet potato fries and the regular fries are a hotbed for fabulousness (if you aren't on a diet). The salads are excellent and the menu has a wide variety of items to choose from. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - you won't be steered incorrectly. The menu is wide ranging and well rounded. It is a farm to table concept that works.
The breakfast prices are particularly soothing if one is on a budget. If you are eating breakfast there definitely opt for the biscuit. As I was indulging in every bite I found myself ever more pleased with my menu side item of choice. Superb and quite frankly, worthy of a visit.
Want gluten-free? They have it. Want a few vegan options. They offer them. The big plus at the Harvest Room is that it celebrates the food art of organic and the meat is free range/grass fed.
Mosey on over to the quaint town of Palos Heights and grab yourself a meal at this excellent restaurant. It is a nondescript place with near nothing of signage, but once inside expect a great meal.
Parking is tight (or go off hours) and I assume at some point their neighbors won't like them very much, but indulge in a good meal.
Open Monday through Sunday
7164 West 127th Street
Palos Heights, Illinois
708 671 8905
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