Midwest Living Review
Chef Ryan Nelson devastated local foodies when word got out that he was leaving his post at Oceanaire’s downtown Indianapolis location. That is, until he announced he was opening a restaurant of his own. The result is Late Harvest Kitchen, an upscale northside eatery focused on high-quality, seasonal cuisine. The location was formerly a Smith and Hawken garden store, but diners will never know it. Although the outdoor patio survives, high ceilings, accent lighting and softly masculine wood-and-stone decor now define the interior.
The menu features small and large plates and changes frequently. One house specialty is Brandade ($10), a scrumptious dip made from pureed cod. The LHK Salad ($8) with unexpected shavings of licorice-flavored fennel, and a thinly sliced beef carpaccio ($12) are also worth ordering. Large plates include perfectly cooked New York strip steak ($32), pork schnitzel ($20) and house-made noodles topped with seasonal veggies like farm-fresh asparagus and foraged morel mushrooms ($24).
Save room for dessert. The chocolate mousse, served in a sky-high milkshake glass, is rich and silky, and the sticky toffee pudding is nothing short of decadent (both $8). Portions are more than generous enough to share, although you may not want to.