Finding a restaurant for a large group of people is hard, especially with different tolerances for spending and there's a faux vegan in the group (sorry, Danny, but you can't really call yourself a vegan, I've seen you with my beef stew). I suggested Highland Kitchen for our annual Easter outing and I'm proud to say it was quite successful.
I started with the mussels in a coconut curry lobster broth. I have ordered this before and it was just as delicious as I remember it. R had Devils on horseback, which is a bacon wrapped date stuffed with blue cheese, an almond. R really enjoyed it, but it was too blue cheesy for me. I sampled Alice's grilled littleneck clams with BBQ sauce and bacon. It was really delicious. She also got a cup of the asparagus soup, which I thought was underseasoned, but she thought it was her favorite dish of the night.
My entree, braised pork shoulder and smoked bacon was really excellent. The pork was so tender, and flavorful. I loved it. It came with grits, that were good and collards that were vinegar based, which is not my favorite style of preparation, but still good. R got the cheese burger and chili cheese fries on the side. It was a solid burger, cooked and seasoned correctly. The fries were good, but the chili was heavy and make the fries soggy. Maybe we'll just get cheese fries next time.
I also sampled the lamb skewer (tender and delicious) and the roasted chicken (juicy, but boring). The mushroom lasagna was down at the other side of the table, so I didn't try it, but I was told it was “excellent, the flavors really blend together well. This is some of the best lasagna I've ever had.”
Desserts were: warm banana bread pudding, bourbon pecan pie, and chocolate pudding. I would say the banana bread pudding was the best of the bunch; it was an extremely generous serving of warm, moist banana goodness. The chocolate pudding was rich, but light and silky at the same time, a perfect texture. I was not impressed by the pie, the crust was stiff cardboard.
Three hours later, everyone left full and happy. I can't really ask for more. Highland Kitchen is quickly becoming a favorite restaurant. I've been three times in the last year and have yet to be disappointed. The food is soul satisfying, the service is good and the prices are extremely reasonable, if they took reservations it would be perfect.