Sundays are our family days. We attend church as a family and stop to eat at a local restaurant before heading home to prepare for the week ahead. This week we stopped at Harold’s Restaurant.
Harold’s Restaurant Bar & Terrace is a restaurant serving up Southern Food. The restaurant is located in the Heights. Offering a fresh and seasonal menu. One of the desirable things about Harold’s is their Rooftop Terrace.
We made reservations ahead of time through Open-table. But the terrace is first come, first serve,
My family and I arrived at Harold’s and made our way to the 2nd floor where the restaurant is located.
There is a Taproom & bar at the bottom of the building which is also a part of Harold’s. The Taproom also has a really nice outdoor space.
The hostess area is near the stairs. A sweet lady greeted us and we asked her about a table on the Terrace. She was accommodating and allowed us to choose from 1 of the 2 tables that were available.
Our arrival time was perfect because the restaurant got really busy after that.
We were seated and waited about 10 minutes for our waiter to arrive. A guy came to the table with water. He dropped it off and left. He returned a few minutes later and we realized oh he’s our waiter. No greeting, no welcome just what can I get you.
This was not a good start to our dining experience. The website said they are known for Southern food and hospitality. Hmmm, this is not hospitality. I wish I can say that it got better through out our dining experience but it didn’t.
He wasn’t attentive, he didn’t listen well. We had mistakes on our orders, but I will elaborate more later on this. I am from the South and I know what Southern hospitality should look like and that was not it.
I ordered a mocktail from the bar. There were no specific ones on the menu so I told the waiter what flavors I like and they whipped up a drink with strawberry and lemon. Very sour but I asked for simple syrup and I was able to get the drink right myself.
My daughter ordered the Fresh Lemonade. Nice presentation. The drink was sour and needed a little sugar.
For our starter we tried the Chicken or the Egg. This dish consisted of 4 deviled eggs topped with a fried chicken bite, pickled pepper and chili oil. Superb.
This deviled egg was nicely presented and very tasty. All the components of this dish was delicious and worked well together.
Our son ordered the Southern Chicken nuggets with fries. I have to say that their kid’s menu has great options. My son loved his food. The dish was well done. Perfectly seasoned chicken and fries. The waiter didn’t bring us a tray with the condiments. We had to ask him for ketchup. But I would recommend that they just add ketchup or a dipping sauce to the plate.
I ordered the Fried Chicken & Mash. This dish included buttermilk fried chicken breast with homemade mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Topped with a housemade white pork gravy.
This dish was really good. The fried chicken was seasoned and fried to perfection. It’s hard to get chicken breast right when frying, but they nailed it. The chicken was tasty and the chicken was moist. A very well done dish. Comfort Food done right.
Our daughter ordered the Shrimp Pasta. The shrimp pasta included shrimp, corn, tomatoes, basil and pasta that can be ordered in either an olive oil based sauce or Alfredo. Our daughter ordered the Alfredo, but the waiter put in the order for oil based. The pasta was good but would have been better with alfredo, The pasta lacked flavor.
The other ingredients in the pasta were prepared well. The shrimp were huge which was definitely a plus.
My hubby ordered the Fried Chicken & Waffles. This dish included a whole half chicken that was soaked in buttermilk, seasoned and fried to perfection. The waffles were light, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
The waffles were incredible. Served with a fried leg, thigh and breast. Served with butter and syrup. Delicious.
Overall Harold’s didn’t disappoint. The food was incredible! For the most part each dish was well done.
Harold’s menu is extensive and there is something on the menu for everyone.
The terrace dining experience was great. The weather was gorgeous. The view was nice as well. I definitely recommend if you dine, dine on the rooftop terrace!
The service was terrible. I was a bit disappointed with our service. But I know that some restaurants focus on the food and don’t care about the service. As a food writer, I believe that service is just as important as the dishes you serve.
Many people ask whether restaurants are family atmosphere, but I would say no. I wouldn’t take my kids back. They do have a kid’s menu for those who may dine with their kids.
It is a spot that my husband and I can enjoy.
I love the look of the exterior. The pops of red was really eye catching.
The layout of the restaurant was interesting with the bar at the bottom and the restaurant on the top. But with this setup this gives the restaurant the opportunity for this roof-top terrace which is a great asset as a restaurant.
Harold’s Restaurant Bar & Terrace is located at 350 W. 19th St., Suite C., Houston, TX. 77008. The Hours of Operation for the restaurant are Monday – Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.