Eating to Live on the Outside: Harvest Thyme

A name can say a lot about a restaurant. For example, The Heart Attack Grill; home of the single, double, triple, and quadruple bypass burgers. That is standard American restaurant for—DON’T EAT HERE! Luckily Harvest Thyme’s name is a little more inviting.

Harvest Thyme is certainly an upgrade over abominations like The Heart Attack Grill, but, it’s not without its own problems. Harvest Thyme does offer plenty of enticing veggie-based options, but the menu is also tempered with lots of typical ooey-gooey standard American favorites. Let’s check it out.

I’ll start with the breakfast menu. Ham and cheese omelet—no! Bacon, egg, and cheese bagel—pass! Fruit cup—now we’re talking! And Mom’s Oatmeal also looks good. Mom prepares it with bananas and raisins. So, provided there’s no milk in it. I’m cool with the oatmeal. Okay, breakfast was easy.

The lunch menu is a little tougher, but workable. The Favorites, Wraps, and Deli Sandwiches are out—too much cheese and meat—but, the Soups & Salads, Veggie Lovers, and Fresh Fruit are another story. Personally, this is where I’d focus all my efforts. So that’s exactly what I’ll do!

For starters, I like the Harvest Thyme Salad; includes greens, tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, onions, and homemade croutons. I’d limit the dressing and axe the croutons. That’d leave me with a nice wallop of phytonutrients—what do you think?

Next up is the Mother Nature’s Best. It’s a big fruit plate and nice a mix of banana, pineapple, granny smith apples, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries, granola, and frozen yogurt. Minus the frozen yogurt, it’s a solid option. Although sometimes I think I eat too much fruit—I love fruit!

There’s another neat option under Veggie Lovers. The Homemade Hummus Pita; prepared with lettuce, tomato, sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers. The concession here would be the pita bread and the oil used in making the hummus. I’m okay with it, but I still like the fruit plate the best.

Lastly the Farmers Market Pita could work. Just like the hummus pita it’s made with lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers, but, also includes melted jack and cheddar cheese. If you ditch the cheese, the only concession would be the pita—focus on the veggies!

Do you dig shakes and smoothies? Harvest Thyme has a whole slue of them, but there are a few glitches. Some of them contain milk and protein powder—no thank you! Although, the Berrylicious looks tasty; a blend of orange juice, bananas, strawberries, and pineapple.

Now, I’m not a big juice guy—with the exception of my morning sip of pomegranate juice—but I do like the Later Gator. This one’s made with mandarin papaya, strawberries, banana, and coconut. Eating the whole fruit might be better, but man, these look good!

Okay, that wasn’t too bad, especially after last week’s horrible excursion through Carino's Italian Grill. But now the responsibility is in your hands, check out Harvest Thyme’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send me an email at
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michael - August 17, 2007 9:49 AM

hi gerald,

i've been reading your blog for a while now, and i appreciate the encouragement and good advice each morning when i tune in.

i also very much like the idea of the restaurant reviews each friday. i'm curious as to how you pick the restaurants that you review, though, and if you've actually eaten at these restaurants. geographically, they're pretty spread out (though perhaps you travel a lot?)

not to be picky (you're the one devoting your time to do this -- and i'm grateful for that) but one of the things i look for in a restaurant review is how does the food actually _taste_? was the service good? atmosphere appealing? etc. things that can't always be discerned from triaging a menu.

again, i don't mean to be critical; this is just meant as a suggestion -- what are your favorites at the restaurants that you frequent?

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