Tucked away on 4th Street N is a family-friendly restaurant that’ll keep you coming back for more and more comfort food and neighborhood vibes. Harvey’s 4th Street Grill is a place you’ll want to keep returning to for its familiar menu items and variety. Everyone will find something to enjoy whether they’re looking for a juicy patty melt or a decked-out refreshing salad.
Once I walked into Harvey’s, I felt a sense of family and community. It really seemed like almost everyone there was a regular. With all the new places in downtown St. Pete, it’s almost hard to come by a spot filled with years of character. Harvey’s opened in 1984 and is a family run business. Gotta love that! Their decor is uniquely sourced from some historic St. Pete hotels like the Vinoy, the Soreno and the Albermarle. In all, the aesthetic is very mom and pop and makes for a great spot to bring the whole family for a casual lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
The menu includes appetizers, soups and salads, pasta, entrees, hamburgers and sandwiches. Everyone loves a good sandwich, but at Harvey’s, your notion of a good American lunch is greatly expanded.
The 4th Street Club has turkey, bacon, ham, cheddar cheese with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and comes with fries and a pickle. If you love a good club sandwich, I’d highly recommend this. It’s a classic with fresh ingredients and most importantly, it doesn’t break apart and get all messy. The crispy bacon was a show stopper.
Kevin enjoyed a Classic Reuben Sandwich with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and 1000 island dressing on grilled rye. Just from the look of it, it seems immaculate and delicious. The fries are beyond amazing and we both recommend them. They’re fresh, hand cut potatoes, and perfectly fried. You can’t go wrong with a lunch like this.
Lori had the Roast Beef Sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and swapped out the croissant for regular bread. It looks both yummy and filling, which I’m all about.
From a classic to smothered chili cheese, the hamburger portion of the menu has 8 choices and I guarantee they’re all tasty. I ordered the Patty Melt which is served with fresh ground beef, chopped red onions, melted cheddar cheese all on rye bread. This traditional patty melt was perfectly juicy and exactly what I was craving. I honestly don’t recall the last time I had any sort of burger so this really, really, really hit the spot. The fries are addicting to the point where even if you’re so full from the patty melt, you’re still going to find yourself reaching for more fries until suddenly they’re all gone and you feel like a potato yourself. It’s worth it. You can take a nap. Life’s too short. Eat the fries.
Speaking of potatoes, who doesn’t love a cheesy, crispy, potato skin? The humble appetizer always lures me with its simplistic concept and comforting nostalgia. This half order was perfect. The crisp, yet soft bite was warm, cheesy, salty and amazing.
If you’re wondering if I had any vegetables in the past three visits, the answer is yes, kinda.
Harvey’s has a great salad portion on the menu with refreshing options but for some reason, I didn’t want a healthy one and the Red Chicken Salad grabbed my attention with breaded, fried, and tossed in wing sauce chicken nuggets, served on a bed of salad greens with tomato, red onion, and cheddar cheese. It usually comes with blue cheese dressing, but I replaced it with ranch instead. The chicken was incredible. I loved that it was both crispy and saucy. You have to dig a bit under the cheese to find some greens, but they’re there and they give off a cool, crisp pairing with the warm nuggets.
Sunday brunch is always on my mind. The brunch at Harvey’s is casual and craveable. They have everything from benedicts to scrambles, pancakes and more.
Our waiter recommended the Banana and Walnut Pancakes and told us she likes to add chocolate chips, so obviously, I didn’t question it and trusted her. The pancakes were a perfect size and super fluffy. The banana, walnut and chocolate chip combo was ever so scrumptious with a little crunch and sweetness in every bite. The sausage was great too.
The Eggs Benedict were delicious with poached eggs, Canadian bacon on a toasted English muffin, and topped with hollandaise sauce. They’re served with breakfast potatoes and fruit salad. The highlight of this dish was the cheesy breakfast potatoes. They were creamy, cheesy, and dreamy. The eggs benedict were good, nothing to complain about. They’re simple and familiar which is always good.
There’s no better way to enjoy a local hangout spot than with a visit to Harvey’s 4th Street Grill. If you’re looking for comfort food, great sandwiches and a mom and pop feel, this is the spot to visit next.
Casual eatery with furniture from historic hotels offering an eclectic mix of comfort food.