There is a new addition to the restaurant scene close to the Grape Arbor! We have long enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the Tap House in downtown Erie, and now there is a sister restaurant, just a few minutes away. Harbor House is in Harborcreek, just 10 minutes away. The outside looks quite small, and it is a bit oddly attached to a Tim Horton’s restaurant. The inside has a decent sized bar area with about a dozen tables (outside of the bar itself) and then there is a dining area to the side with another dozen tables.
I have been there a couple of times now, once on a Saturday night where I left immediately because it was too crowded (granted it was one of the first weekends it was open). Other times were busy, but not obnoxiously crowded. Don’t be off-put by a lot of cars out front, there is a lot of parking out back. Even though I parked in the back, I was seated in the dining room right away.
There are almost 2 dozen beers on tap, the selection is grouped by beer type. I am a novice craft beer drinker, so I usually need a little help. Unfortunately the server wasn’t able to help me, as she told me she was under 21…so know what you like! I ordered a hard cider, but wasn’t told that it was a hard cider with cranberry. It was good, but a bit more tart than I was expecting.
I have eaten at the Erie restaurant several times; the menu here is the same. There is a good selection of sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, and burgers. I tried two items listed as favorites or specialties–the Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla and the Roast Beef Melt.
Both arrived at the same time, even though the Quesadilla is supposed to be an appetizer. Both were hot and presented well. The quesadilla had the spicy chicken with pepper jack cheese and sour cream with salsa.
The Roast Beef had thinly sliced warm roast beef on a crispy roll with a dipping sauce and their signature pepper kettle chips. The roll (which is as important to me as the meat) was very good, not soggy. Both of these items were way too much for me to eat, so I brought home most of the quesadilla.
Don’t get me wrong! The food is very good, with some different selections (ahi tuna is certainly updated bar food!) The football game was playing and visible, but I could carry on a conversation in the dining room without a problem.
They are open later, which is good, and seven days a week, which is great, because a lot of the restaurants in our little town are closed on Sunday and/or Monday. I will definitely be back!