As this restaurant is my favorite restaurant, this review is going to be a long one. Just bear with me:
Cafe/Breakfast & Brunch
655 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
After making some extra money at work, I felt in the mood for my favorite restaurant: The Highland Bakery. So on Saturday, June 26th 2010, I decided to treat my mom to this wonderful restaurant. We arrived at 1:35 on Saturday afternoon:
When we arrived, only two parking spots remained on the bridge. We snagged one of them as quickly as we caught sight of it, and a car pulled in behind us before my mom even turned off the ignition. We walked past the flower beds that rested in the windows of the bakery, and walked into the doors to the wonderful noise of people talking and enjoying their food.
I said hi to Vanessa (Probably the nicest lady you will ever meet) and Stacy (Stacy Eames is the owner and her and I have also known each other for quite a while) when we walked in the door, and we were seated in less than five minutes (even with the crowd!). We got a seat for two in the back of the restaurant and our waitress came up to us with a big smile on her face. She got our drink order (a coffee and two waters) and got it to us quickly. We then ordered our food, which arrived in less than ten minutes.
I ordered the sweet potato pancakes with a side of peanut butter (the peanut butter they have is creamy, yet really raw and delicious! I think they make it in house). I did not put syrup on them because I did not think it needed it! Most people like syrup on their pancakes, but I judge a good pancake on the pancake itself, not what you put on it. They were a beautiful orangish-brown color and were nice and warm. They had a slight sweetness to them from the sweet potato, but it was not too much. They were light and fluffy and the peanut butter added a great touch to them (just personal preference).
The coffee was also just as good as ever! This is my favorite coffee in Atlanta but again, personal preference.(they use a brew of “Dancing Goat” called “Bainbridge”)
My mom had the Mediterranean sandwich w/ turkey and a side of potatoes. It consisted of basil pesto, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, and turkey in between two slices of rosemary garlic bread. She said she loved it. It tasted fresh and the flavors worked well together. As I have stated in past reviews, these are the best potatoes ever so she loved them!
Our waitress was incredibly nice and the check was only about $20 for sweet potato pancakes, a coffee, a side of peanut butter, the Mediterranean turkey sandwich and substituting a side of potatoes. Not too bad for incredibly good food!
So whether you love the fresh taste of a turkey sandwich or you want something delicious for breakfast, I would absolutely recommend the Highland Bakery as a great brunch spot for any time of day.
This just might be my favorite restaurant, though i have only been here three times. I always enjoy the aged, rustic look to the place. It is not as if a bunch of people where sent in to paint really old paint on the walls and then to make small cracks in the sides of the building. It looks like the building has been there a while. At the same time, it does not look run down.
The building has character, and the food is amazing!
After careful planning, i decided to bring my mom her for memorial day. We had both eaten here mother’s day (see other review for details), but had watched an episode of “Best Food Ever” on TLC. Highland bakery was voted 9th most bodacious bakery in America. As a result, their famous Peanut Butter French Toast was shown and i was destined to try it.
On Monday, May 31st, 2010, my mom and i set out to meet a couple friends for breakfast. We parked on the bridge next to it, and we walked inside. We arrived at about 9:20 am, and the place was already full of the joyous noises of people enjoying their food.
We still had a minute to wait for the rest of our party to arrived, so i walked up to the bakery counter and ordered a few miniature muffins. I knew i wanted to bring a few muffins home to have in the house for a breakfast before work, but i was unsure of which one. so i ordered a few of the miniature ones- vegan Banana nut, vegan blueberry, raisin bran, carrot cake, and peach.
They all tasted very good, and the lady at the counter said they were baked this morning. The carrot cake one was almost like a cupcake. My favorite was the banana nut. It was nice and soft inside, yet had a crunchy top.
Once the rest of our party arrived, we were taken to our seats. We ordered our coffee and reviewed the menus, though my mom and i already knew what we wanted. We let our guests order first. Then it was onto my mother and I.
We were going to split the peanut butter french toast. Along with it we got an order of fruit and an order of their potatoes.
When the food arrived, we prayed and instantly dug in. The french toast was amazing!!! The challah bread it was made with was soft and warm and had peanut butter sandwiched in the middle of it. Covering the french toast were caramelized bananas. Though i usually try to stay healthy and refrain from sweet sauces or white bread, the sweet sauces was a very nice touch. It was very rich, but contrasted the bread nicely.
The bread was made that morning and the flour for the bread was milled in the store, so that made me feel a little better about eating it. But even so, my mom and i split it due to the generous portion.
I ate a majority of the fruit, which consisted of a cup of grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, blackberries, and strawberries.
My mom on the other hand, enjoyed her potatoes. She claims they were the best ones she ever ate. If you think this is an exaggeration, then you obviously have not tried them. They are not over salty or peppery like most, but they are not under seasoned either. They are cooked just the way she likes them.
All in all, it was a great meal. We sat and talked, although the place was a bit noisy. The coffee was absolutely amazing as well due to it being my favorite blend (Dancing Goat-Bainebridge blend)
Before we left, i went ahead and grabbed four muffins (2 vegan banana nut, one raisin bran, and one carrot cake; $2.50 each), a loaf of honey wheat bread that had just come out of the oven ($4), and a miniature cannoli for my mom ($1.50).
Though the price was about almost $20 for an order of peanut butter french toast, an order of fruit, and order of potatoes, and two coffees, i found it to be well worth it for the great service, delicious food made fresh every day, and for a wonderful environment.
So if you are a health nut who wants a simple vegan muffin made fresh that morning, or if you just want to enjoy a wonderful environment with food that will not leave you hungry, i would absolutely recommend this place.
-Andrew D. Morrison-