Before the bands next door at Schubas blast your eardrums out, stop by Harmony Grill to get your belly expanded, American-style. The portions here are not for the average human-being; in fact, even a sumo wrestler would have trouble finishing his meal. That said, the food is tasty in that hearty, warm-yer-belly kind of way, the service is quick and friendly, and the tables and booths provide plenty of room for full tummies.
Weekend brunches here are the main attraction, though the grill is open for dinner as well. Light peeks into the cavernous, albeit brightly colored, interior only from the front, where you'll find most people sitting on a warm day. Expect a lotta organic meat on the menu, including grass-fed beef from Tallgrass Beef and grass-fed dairy from Trader's Point Creamery in Zionsville, Indiana. Produce is local, too, so you'll get your Midwestern tastebuds hoppin'. Expect the usual hearty breakfast foods in the "Eye Openers" section on the menu. An apporiately named Redeye Burrito ($8.25) packs spinach, salsa, Chihuahua cheese, avocado and pico di gallo into a warm flour tortilla. Pancakes represent here, too, for $7.25—choose from classic or blueberry. Beef creeps back onto the menu with eggs Rochambeau, a combo of grilled Tallgrass sirloin, poached eggs, roasted spinach, potato pancakes and bearnaise sauce. Since it's a special dish, expect to pay a special price of $14. Dinners have similar items, but with more of a Southern flair (think Johnny Cakes).
As you try to finish your ginormous portion, gaze up at some all-American artwork, including portraits of Elvis and Johnny Cash. Their smiling faces will make you feel better about devouring everything on your plate.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler