Amongst all of the construction in McKinney, there is a new place that has popped up on the restaurant radar here recently. Hidden at the far back on the road to the Adriatica bell tower is Harry’s at the Harbor. While parking for the restaurant can be a tricky thing to find, there is a parking garage just south of the restaurant that does not charge patrons, which is nice.
Walking up to Harry’s, the place appears very upscale, and almost castle-like with the stone surrounds, and the cast iron door handles. Walking in, the place feels lavish with a plush seated waiting area, and other modern décor. The seating inside is nicely arranged, with a more intimate setting. The outside patio has a lovely view of the “harbor”, but offers very little shade. This has patrons vying for a table next to the building, and many are seen moving as other patrons leave. This could be easily addressed with an awning for shade, which is recommended.
Sitting down, there is a drastic change in the vibe coming from this place. It goes from the illusion of an upscale restaurant to a confusing menu, and to more likely a bar type of place. The menu consists of items such as Fish and Chips, Rusty Nuts, Buffalo Wings, and other variegated bar type menu items. They also have Sunday Brunch, which consists of items like Bangers and Mash, and even a Cajun breakfast.
The menu is confusing to navigate. It brought up many questions on ordering, and it was difficult to find the overall theme of the restaurant. Is this supposed to be a British type of Pub? Is it Cajun, or wait.. it has hamburgers too… The restaurant leaves their patrons confused as to what to order, what might be good, and what would probably not be very good by a lack of menu definition. There is simply too much variety on the menu without an overall theme.
There were so many variated items on the menu, that only one was chosen to sample. The fish and chips had an overall good quality visual appearance, but lacked sincere flavoring in the breading of the fish. The cod was a high quality fish filet, thickly cut, and was not from a frozen packet. The breading was fresh even though it lacked any real flavor. The chips, or fries, were pre-cut and had very little flavoring / seasoning as well. The tartar sauce didn’t taste any different from regular mayonnaise with a little relish mixed in, and had no horseradish in it. The dish did come with a lemon wedge, but it didn’t seem to offer any added benefit to the overall taste effectiveness of the dish. The dish was a little bit disappointing, but was on the better end of the scale for bar food in McKinney. It was the only dish sampled.
The service was good. Waitresses and waiters approached the table semi – professionally, and are able make appropriate food and beverage recommendations. They have adequate knowledge of the bar, and can relay appropriate specials.
Beverages are more abundant here, and Harry’s is known for its’ Jalapeño infused vodka. The Bloody Mary’s here are delicious; however, they are not served with celery. Instead, they are served with olives, which is a slight twist on the traditional drink. Mary’s here are not made from a mix, and have a lovely sweet and peppery infusion blend which is quite pleasing to the palette. On Sundays, their mimosas and their bloody mary’s are only $3.50, which is a great deal.
In total, Harry’s is a semi-upscale bar with a lovely patio view. It is a relaxing place to unwind, and for those who love to drink low key, this place is a must. The food that was sampled left a little bit to be desired, and the menu was confusing with so much on it. This is a bar environment, so children should stay home with a sitter. From hide your fork to standing ovation, this place comes in at a nice place to drink with friends.
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