If you’re only going to pick one restaurant to have dinner, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, you can’t go wrong with Home 231. We had one night in town escaping our child who was safely tucked away with his grandparents in Allentown, PA and a good New American place with plenty of vegetarian small plate options is our weakness. So in we went. It’s a farm to table spot…with most ingredients sourced within 30 miles (according to our waitress who was super nice!)
I started with the Lavender Martini which was boldly floral, maybe a tad too sweet for my tastes (although I happily finished the whole thing) and in certain light a bit more purple than lavender.
We split the Brussels Salad. Mine with the blue cheese on top, and my wife’s without. This was great and had the cutest little tomatoes you’ve ever seen. The Blue cheese and peanuts made it delicious.
I also had the Cream of Zucchini Soup which was perfect. Lots of flavor and perfect consistency, served in a little crock, topped with freshly ground pepper. This was the soup of the day, so they might not have it when you go, but it’s a good indication of the quality of any future soup they might offer.
We also shared the Smoked Paprika Polenta side – I didn’t actually see any paprika in this or get a sense of a smoke flavor. It was very salty and rich. I couldn’t finish it. Bonus points for serving it in cute little cast iron pan.
My wife had the Black Bean Barley Cake side. She loved it so much she ordered a second one. (There’s a “main” version of this which comes almost all the same ingredients and the addition of bok-choy…getting two of the sides was less expensive and a perfect option for us, especially since we were ordering multiple small plates. She thought this was delicious. It had a quinoa base and it sat on top of a little bit of a lovely sweet corn puree. It all melded together well. It reminded me of what some restaurants present as a “house-made veggie burger.” With that framing, the same item on a bun falls apart as you try to eat it between the bread…as a standalone piece, the “cake” eaten with a fork was perfect.
A strange side note – this was the first of two restaurants we ate in in Harrisburg in which it was very cold UNDER the table. We didn’t see a vent where we were seated but it was definitely a different climate under the table than above. I wanted to ask for fleece napkins to lay on my lap.
We would definitely come back to Home 231.
231 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101