Here's an inside look at the new Harvey's at Hotel Pattee
Harvey's moves from Redfield to the Hotel Pattee in Perry with comfort food Des Moines Register
The stately lobby of the Hotel Pattee is reminiscent of the famed oceanic luxury liner, the RMS Titanic, with intricately carved woodwork, etched plaster and antique furniture.
And the three individual dining rooms of the new Harvey's inside the hotel pay homage to the railroad industry history of Perry in both layout and décor.
Harvey's made a seamless transition into its new location inside the Hotel Pattee on Nov. 28, according to Harvey's owner, Katie Martinez, and Tom Maxwell, owner of Hotel Pattee. Even though it had already been open for almost a week, Harvey's had its grand opening on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 4.
"I couldn't believe how busy we were for our first week," Martinez said. "The town of Perry, the staff of the Hotel Pattee and our regular customers have all been very supportive."
Harvey's now has a greatly expanded space with comfortable leather booths and spacious tables looking out over Willis Avenue. Even the bar, styled after the interior design of Frank Lloyd Wright, exudes elegance.
The dining room isn't the only thing that's expanded. Harvey's menu now covers breakfast, lunch and dinner — and brunch on the weekends. But Harvey's popular smoked meats like brisket and bacon are still making an appearance.
Breakfast dishes are served from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu includes plenty of hearty classics like Eggs Benedict with seared ham, country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, skillets, build-your-own omelets and griddle favorites like French toast and pancakes.
For the truly hungry, the Train Wreck is piled high with biscuits smothered in hash browns, sausage patties, cheese, sausage gravy and two eggs ($12). Breakfast dishes are $8 to $12.
Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the menu includes a mix of breakfast and lunch dishes to enjoy.
For lunch, the menu focuses on 'forkless' items like inventive sandwiches and platters. The burger of the week is back, of course, and this week's burger is called 'The Jam & Goat,' with fried goat cheese, arugula and bourbon bacon jam stacked atop Harvey's house-ground burger ($14).
Other selections include:
- Adult Grilled Cheese — white cheddar, house-cured bacon, caramelized onions, bleu cheese and sage mayo on toasted pumpernickel bread, served with crisps ($8)
- Fish + Fries — tempura-battered cod served inside a garlic butter toasted hoagie with tartar sauce and served with fries ($10)
- Smoked brisket sandwich — sea salt and cracked pepper rubbed house-smoked beef brisket, sweet corn chili and a honey molasses barbecue sauce served on a brioche bun with housemade crisps ($12)
- Tenderloin — fried hand-breaded pork tenderloin with 'quick' pickles and mustard, served with fries ($12)
- Redfield Philly — shaved ribeye, caramelized onions and sweet peppers with Harvey's cheese sauce and horseradish cream served on a toasted sourdough hoagie with fries ($12)
For lighter appetites, a wide variety of small plates and salads are available. Try the cowboy nachos made with smoked brisket chili and Harvey's cheese sauce (small, $8; large, $12) or a hotel salad with mixed greens, apples, candied walnuts, Parmesan shavings and a curry-cider vinaigrette ($5). You can also top your salad with house-cured bacon ($2), grilled jumbo shrimp ($6) or grilled chicken ($4).
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Comfort-forward entrees like shepherd's pie topped with house-made tots, chicken pot pie with a puff pastry crust and buttermilk fried chicken also make the menu. Lunch dishes range from $4 to $14. But be sure to order some buttermilk-battered chicken-fried onion rings with ranch to share (small, $6; large, $12).
Dinner adds more to the menu in the way of entrées and small plates. Appetizers and salads are the same as lunch with a few fun additions:
- Jalapeño Crack-Corn Dip — white cheddar and pepper jack cheese dip with sweet corn, candied jalapeno, house-cured bacon served with house-fried potato chips ($12; gluten-free housemade crisps available for $2)
- The Wedge — a crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce served with sun-dried tomatoes, house bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, chicken-fried onion rings and blue cheese dressing ($6) with the option to add jumbo grilled shrimp or grilled chicken for an upcharge
- Sticky pork ribs — spicy maple glaze and peanuts ($12)
- Mac+ Cheese — skillet baked and topped with herbed panko breadcrumbs (small, $5; large; $10) with the option to add shrimp, chicken or house-cured bacon for an upcharge
- Soy-sesame seared ahi tuna steak — served with greens and spicy mayo ($12)
Entrees include more comfort classics with a few twists thrown in for good measure:
- Meat + Potatoes — filet mignon, potato cake, creamed spinach, red wine bordelaise sauce and green onions ($26)
- Braised beef short ribs — served with wild mushroom risotto and a root beer stout glaze ($20)
- Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin — served with Parmesan orzo, Parmesan shavings and a maple-chili glaze ($16)
- Lobster "Carbonara" — butter-poached lobster with bucatini pasta, house-cured bacon, sautéed spinach, cream, egg yolk and Parmesan ($22)
- House-smoked pork chop — served with fried potato wedges, brown sugar and bourbon-roasted carrots and apple chutney ($16)
Sides like crisps, fries, homemade tater tots, sweet potato fries and bourbon carrots can be ordered to share ($2 to $5).
Desserts by pastry chef Amber Rowley will rotate on a two-week basis and include:
- Death by Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate chip cookie skillet
- Turtle cheesecake
- Honey-bourbon peach cobbler
- Apple dumplings
- Cherry crisp
- Cookies and milk
Desserts range in price from $3 to $8. You can add ice cream to a dessert for $2. And whole desserts can be ordered for pick-up.
A full bar is available here with both classics and specialty cocktails like mules in assorted fruit flavors and spirits, including the Grumpy Ole "Mule" made with Cedar Ridge wheat whiskey, honey, simple syrup, lime and ginger beer. But look for Harvey's fresh-squeezed margarita with a housemade lemon-lime mix. Drinks range in price from $4 to $9).
The beer list features domestic and imports ($4 to $6) and include Peace Tree's Blonde, Red, IPA and lager. The limited wine list features 10 wines by the bottle ($25 to $40) and six wines by the glass ($6 per glass) from Canyon Road.
Harvey's kitchen now handles the food and beverage service for the Hotel Pattee's private events, banquet and conference rooms and room service for its 40 individually-themed rooms.
Harvey's at Hotel Pattee
Location: 1112 Willis Ave., Perry
Hours: Open everyday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.