Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Harvest Organic Grille Westchase

A lot of us today are concerned about the content of our food, which a huge reason behind the organic food movement.  People want meat and crops grown free of possibly poisonous chemical fertilizers and pesticides, in a method that is environmentally sustainable and is free from cruelty to animals.  These methods are a little older, and a bit more costly, but at the same time many feel it produces a better quality product that tastes better and is healthier for the human body.  This is part of the motivation behind the new Houston restaurant known as Harvest Organic Grille.

Per their website:
"Harvest Organic Grille is a new healthy restaurant in the Houston area. We serve healthy foods, natural, organic products,free range chicken, wild fish, and certified natural angus beef. From freshest selections on our unlimited salad bar to the natural grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and wild caught seafood cooked over flames by our grill-masters, we are serious about providing you with a fresh new take on the way you dine out. As you can see, the grill is the heart of our restaurant, where we fire up meats, seafood and vegetable to pure perfection, while our wood-burning oven is the secret behind our artisanal flatbreads and baked goods. And, let’s not forget the bar, where you can sip an organic or sustainable wine or simply enjoy a handcrafted, organically inspired cocktail as well as many kinds of liquors."
Kobe Beef Burger from Harvest Organic Grille
Their menu includes a good selection of vegetarian and gluten free specialties, along with burgers and mixed meat grilles for omnivores and carnivores.  The restaurant prides itself on having no fryers or microwave ovens, and they serve a pH 8 alkaline water that is their own filtered and treated water, which will help those who are prone to acid reflux.  They also have a Sunday Open Brunch Buffet from 10 AM to 3 PM all you care to eat--$25.00 for adults, $11.00 for kids.  They had a great picture menu and all the items looked very good to me.  However, I decided to have the Harvest Kobe Beef Burger including guacamole and melted organic cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoe and house-made natural mayonnaise; with roasted Portobello mushroom slices as my side dish.  (Sorry kiddos, no french fries on this menu!).  I also had the organic peach tea and a glass of their alkaline water--both very tasty--and they had stevia or sucralose for sweetener choices.

Raw Organic Bar at Harvest  Organic Grille
The bun was very thick and did a good job of absorbing the juices.  The meat was lightly seasoned--way less salty than I am accustomed to, though there was a hint of pepper and other spices in it.  The meat itself was slightly sweet and chewy.  The veggies were very crisp and fresh and the mayonnaise and guacamole tasted more like eggs and avocados and less like salt and lime.  This was quite fresh and different, but very edible and delicious nonetheless.  Its kind of like how when you go out into the country the air smells different from the city, and then you realize that you're smelling the air like it supposed to smell.  I especially enjoyed the roasted Portobello mushroom slices.  They were chewy and had a steak-like flavour.  Again a pleasant suprise, quite enjoyable and overall a satisfying meal.

Report Card for Harvest Organic Grille:
Harvest Burger: A-
Roasted Portobello Mushroom Slices: A+
Organic Peach Tea: A
     Speed:  B+
     Friendliness: A+
Atmosphere (reclaimed wood, harvest theme, a  nice change from the Champps and the Churrascaria that were in that same location): A-
     Dining area: A
     Men's Room: Incomplete (did not visit)
Overall Grade:  A-

Harvest Organic Grille has 2  locations in the Houston area.  I went to the Westchase location at:

11681 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 597-0000

And remember to Eat Happy and Organically, Y'all!!!

Harvest Organic Grille on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

Robert Adico said...

wanna to taste some these kind of food.....

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