“Consistently outstanding!” “Another reason to visit Blue Ridge!” “So good!”
These were just a few of the 500-plus reviews I saw on TripAdvisor, telling me I’d be just fine taking my wife to Harvest on Main in downtown Blue Ridge. We were on our one-year anniversary, having honeymooned in the area but opting to return a year later because there were plenty of sights, sounds, and tastes we’d yet to try.
So here I was, hoping to impress with a dinner we’d saved a couple of months to enjoy – and we found it nestled in the center of East Main Street.
There wasn’t much music to speak of, and it worked well as conversation and noises from the kitchen combined at a quiet to moderate level. The interior is very tall and fits with your standard mountain fixtures from hunting and nature adorning the walls, and a comfortable amount of space between tables – you definitely don’t feel cramped while relaxing. We were seated in the main area, though a smaller area was located to our right featuring a big rectangular table with 10-12 women enjoying their dinner.
After glancing over the menu, our waiter was very pleasant and cheerful, offering his favorites when asked and regretting the fact we were dining on a Sunday evening for our anniversary because he couldn’t offer us any alcohol – though this has since changed. No matter who we interacted with, the utmost courtesy was displayed, and when my wife ordered her entree medium rare our waiter evoked a “good girl” that brought a smile to this husband’s face.
We settled on crab ravioli to share as an appetizer, and were wowed by its rich flavor with a creamy texture. However, there were only a few ravioli, leaving us wanting for more because it rated as the best thing we’d tasted in a long time.
Then, the entrees. Having never had duck before, I took a leap of faith and ordered the seared duck breast. The fat was rendered nicely on the duck, with a light crispiness that accented the corriander, allspice, and cinnamon decorating the bird. Sweet potato mash, red cabbage slaw, an andouille sausage, and cider syrup circling the place all complemented the dish well, and there was enough duck to share and stay satisifed despite my typically voracious appetite.
My wife opted for a pimento cheese-encrusted filet mignon, with a side of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. One would expect pimento cheese to have a certain tangy quality, but there was none to be found – just a creaminess that was married well to the juicy steak. Cooked perfectly, it was a well-sized steak that had us both wondering if we’d be able to polish it off in one sitting (we did).
And yet, we still found the second “dessert stomachs” to order bread pudding, which came fresh from the oven with a side of vanilla bean ice cream. Though it was a light and tasty dessert, for the price it seemed a bit small on size, though if you are a light eater if would be perfect. The desserts do rotate, so only by asking the wait staff will you know what your options are.
The non-alcoholic drink selection is standard, though the root beer was a brand I’d never tasted and had a fresh spiciness that was unexpected. The wine and beer list contains a plethora of options, from dessert wines to craft beers and more.
Overall, Harvest on Main was a fantastic dining experience that was worth saving for, and currently resides at the top of this author’s favorites list. It may be enough to sway where we spend our second wedding anniversary!