Harper’s Restaurant: farm fresh and locally sourced
Sarah K Wilson
Harper’s Restaurant, located at 601 Friendly center, is a well-known gem of a restaurant. Famous for its Southern American inspired cuisine, it is known for its farm fresh and locally sourced farm-to-table approach. The menu changes seasonally based on what produce Whitaker Farms has readily available, and the farm is located in Climax, North Carolina. Whitaker Farms has been supplying Harper’s with farm fresh ingredients for over ten years, and helps to give Harper’s its unique flair and exquisite taste.
The restaurant has been serving the Triad since 1993, and customers constantly rave about the top-notch execution and consistency of each favorite dish that is prepared from scratch, in house, even down to each sauce and seasoning. The head chef has been overseeing quality and perfection for the past 15 years and counting, in addition to many other long term employees that provide amazing hospitality and and over all great dining experience.
The diverse menu encompasses everything from fresh seafood, steaks, in-house smoked ribs, famous barbeque, fried chicken, and lush salads, making it a place for large gatherings due to its diverse options and eclectic menu. Harper’s also offers craft cocktails with a full bar and daily specials throughout the week making it perfect for festivities and a fun night out.
From the 1st of July to mid September, Harpers has the famous tomato fest which celebrates the long lasting tight knit partnership between Whitaker farms and the restaurant, in addition to celebrating juicy red summer ripe tomatoes known as the “Climax tomato” that are only available this time of year.
These ruby reds are a match made in heaven with the signature crab stack that has locals raving about classic dish of irresistible cakes piled high with fresh tomato slices in between. During this time, the BLT and tomato sampler are also back for a limited time as well.
Harper’s is very unique in the sense of their artisan-style purchasing, as well as their use of the wood fired grill used to create the perfect texture and flavor on many of the Triad’s favorites dishes. Though the restaurant looks like a chain from the outside, Harpers is as unique as they come because they stick to their core values and source locally from NC and put forth the best possible ingredients and dishes to the Triad. The farm to table concept transcends into everything, like the classic southern desserts such as Apple pie, and of course the famous iron skillet cookie served a la mode with vanilla ice cream.
Thursday night is also a unique and special night at Harpers, as they hold their trivia night with $2 domestics, and $4 gin and tonics. The game starts at 8pm, and the winner receives a gift card for the restaurant for the next visit. The bar menu is also popular on trivia nights, especially the wings that are brined, wood fire smoked, and grilled to perfection.
The restaurant is open from Monday-Thursday: 11:15-10pm
Friday: 11:15-11pmSaturday: 11:15-11pm
Open for Sunday brunch from 10:30-2:30 with locally sourced farm fresh eggs, $5 mimosas, and $7 Bloody Marys.
601 Friendly Center Rd, Greensboro, NCwww.harpersrestaurants.com/locations/harpers-greensboro