The term unique applies to Harry and Buds. Let me paint a picture here; the proprietor/chef does not advertise, there is no signage (if the light outside is on, he is there), not even hours posted on the door. The restaurant consists of a small room with about 5-6 formica tables, maps from various locations on the walls, some magazines and the New York Times (don't steal it, by the way). It isn't over done and the size and decor make you feel like you are sitting in someones home kitchen. My sister and I had reservations for dinner on Thursday night. We were the only ones in the restaurant. Chef Jeffery said that he prefers to cook for only one party at dinner time since dinner should be an event. He wasn't lying, it was.
Harry and Bud's is essentially a one man show. Chef Jeffery both cooks and serves. Don't expect to be hovered over by some 18 year old kid asking you if you want more tea every 3 minutes. This sort of dinning experience is about conversation and relaxation. You DON'T go there for a quick meal, and not on a first date, the awkward silences would be terrible. DO go there if you like to make dinner an event, where the food takes center stage, and definitely go there with someone you like to chat with.
Now, on to the food. It is the best food you have probably ever had. I'm not trying to sound pompous, but I have eaten in 7 countries and throughout all 50 states and I can say without reservation that this was probably the best meal I have ever had. IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA. Just let that sink in for a minute.....
When we arrived we were greeted, told the soup options were black bean and split pea, then asked what sort of cheese we liked. We choose Gouda. That was the extent of our menu choice. Chef Jeffery got us some drinks (we brought our own wine for dinner) and set about in the kitchen. In about 30-40 minutes he brought out some soup and salad. After we worked on our soup and salad for a little bit the dishes just started rolling out. We had 4 entrees which included a shrimp dish, gnocchi dish, some taquito-like rolls with pork cutlets, and an unbelievable salmon dish with broccoli. There was also fresh bread and a eggplant taupenade. We finished off with a dessert of coffee and brownies made with orange essence water and black walnuts. All of that for 2 people. We rolled out with 6 to-go boxes and ate happily for 3 days.
But how much did it cost you ask? $35 per person. Some people I told thought that was high. For 4 entrees, soup, salad, bread and dessert? I thought that was damn reasonable for a meal of that quality and quantity. (And don't be a cheap tipper, he is cooking an entire, amazing meal just for you!)
So after that long winded story the bottom line is the food is unbeatable, not a place for a quick meal, make reservations, and go with people you enjoy. We loved it and WILL be back soon.
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