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“Memorable and delicious. Unusual in good ways.”

Harry and Buds European Cuisine
Ranked #18 of 243 Restaurants in Terre Haute
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2013

No sign. No menu. No pretense. Formica tables. Walls decorated with school geography maps. $25 each for the meal (cash or check only) featured two kinds of soup, with polenta, spinach and chicken on the side. Followed in short order by, really, French pizza, quiche, scallops, tuna, pork loin, savory crepes, gnocchi, lentils, rice and the best French bread I've had in ages. Dessert was blueberry crumble with shaved chocolate with tea and coffee.

This took quite a while to prep and cook. We were the only party there. The chef suggested we go to a liquor store for a bottle of wine, while he turned the heat on and got started.

Much conversation followed, on music and art. He played a Bernstein CD for us, recently bought at a thrift store.

We barely made a dent in all the food, but leftovers were packed up for us. We won't need to cook for days, and it tasted great cold out of the fridge. And when we got home, we discovered the Berbstein CD among the clamshells.

Anywhere on either coast, this would be an "underground" resturaunt, invitation only. Instead, the only obstacle here is the trek up to Terre Haute.

Make it. If you are open to taking Harry and Buds on its own terms, it will be memorable and delicious. Call ahead. Tip well.

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1  Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We booked a Sunday lunch reservation at Harry & Bud's based after discovering the restaurant on Tripadvisor and reading the wonderful reviews. We almost had to cancel our reservations because of inclement weather since we live 30 miles away but since we had made reservations and knew from the reviews it was a small restaurant we decided to press on. We're so glad we did! For one thing, the owner, Jeffrey, had begun cooking for us at 10:00. (We discovered this in our conversation with him during our meal.) We were the only people in the restaurant! He said he only books one party of up to 10 people at a time!

After being seated and introducing ourselves, Jeffrey began cooking. He told us to enjoy our time together--that it would take him a little while to get the food ready. After 45 minutes or so, he brought out an enormous amount of food! There was a vegetable quiche, pork roast with a wonderful sauce, roasted garlic, squash, leeks, gnocchi with lentils, shrimp on a spicy risotto, tuna with cauliflower, a French tart and mushroom crepes, orange roughy on split peas, roasted asparagus & brussels sprouts, our choice of black bean or tomato soup, chicken and polenta, a delicious, hearty bread, and then to top it off--a blackberry crumble sprinkled with chocolate! It was an amazing feast! We ate till we couldn't eat anymore and then brought home enough food to last us several meals! All of this for the lunch price of $25/person! He said he charges $35/person for dinner but cooks more dishes!

If you live in the Terre Haute area, or are passing through, be sure to try out this amazing restaurant. It is a dining experience you will never forget!

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Thank bklittle
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

What can you say about Harry and Buds that hasn't been said by the other reviews. This place is truly wonderful. I don't see how he charges what he does. When we went the food had to cost more than the price ($25/head for lunch. He indicated dinner was $35). I would go back tomorrow if I didn't have at least 3 meals in the refrigerator that I wasn't able to eat. If you want an experience you must go. Don't plan on being in and out in less than 3 hours. Bring wine if you can. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and especially Jeffrey - the owner, cook, waiter, bus boy, etc.

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1  Thank weholt
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough about this place, and so much has already been eloquently expressed on this site. So I'll just say "Me too! We were amazed too! It was an AMAZING meal, and a wonderful experience!!". Some tips...if you're going for dinner, call ahead for reservations. He will open up especially for your party if he can. I don't know about lunch, but dinner is $35.00 per person. Our party of 3 ate heartily, and took home enough food for each of the 3 of us to eat 3 more meals - each. That's 12 full plates of food, folks. We barely had enough room in the fridge to store it all. Bring cash - he doesn't take debit/credit, though he did say he would take a check. Don't be in a hurry, the meal will take at least 2.5 hours. Tip well, he deserves it. He is the host, server, chef, bus boy, and dishwasher - not to mention, he is opening his restaurant just for you. Come hungry. You will remember this experience as one of the best meals of your life.

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Thank Andrea W
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

My husband's family lives in Central Illinois so we fly into St. Louis or Indianapolis. We have a 2 hour drive from either airport to their house. We are usually hungry after our flight. After years of knowing there must be some place to eat between Indianapolis and Central IL, we finally found out about Harry and Bud's.

We arrived about 2:00 pm on a Wednesday. No other customers were there. It smelled fabulous when we walked in, so there likely were previous customers that had already left. Jeffrey greeted us and got us settled in with beverages. He asked if we liked salmon, scallops, shrimp. We said yes, that we are very adventurous and like everything.

We knew that it would be a while and were fine with this as it gave us time to chat. We saw Jeffrey come out several times to grab more plates. I'm not sure how much time passed, probably 45 minutes to an hour, and he asked us what type of soup we would like. He brought out our soup. Then he came out with two entrees, went back into the kitchen and came back with two more entrees, went back in the kitchen and came back with a fifth entree.

There were three of us and each entree was large enough for three people. Everything looked, sounded, and smelled great. So, of course, we had to taste everything. I'm not sure that we saved room for dessert, yet we managed to eat that too.

Highly recommend going to Harry and Bud's! We will definitely be back. Makes me want to fly into Indianapolis now instead of St. Louis!

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2  Thank psykho68
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