DH and I went to the Grill at Highlands Row on the recommendation of a friend. This friend is now my arbiter of taste -- we were immensely impressed. It was my husband's birthday, but it was also an anniversary of sorts. DH ordered flowers to be delivered to the table before our arrival; they were there, gorgeous, and so much fun.
Our waitress, Kelly, was -- well, honestly, she was amazing. She was the perfect combination of warm friendliness and deferential reserve. Kelly was not pushy. She didn't hover. She didn't kowtow. She was just a wonderful server, and she answered our questions about various dishes.
We started with the Highlands Crab Cake with remoulade and cucumber fennel slaw. The appetizer portion is small, thank goodness -- two little crab cakes with a pile of the slaw and the divine sauce. It was *perfect*. I am very picky about crab cakes, remoulade, and slaw -- seriously -- and all three were just divine. If all I had gotten was this dish, I would still be raving about the Grill at Highlands Row.
We both had the house salad with champagne vinaigrette. I could be wrong, but I thought the tomatoes were supposed to be marinated or something. They were just regular cherry tomatoes. The greens were fresh; the cucumbers crunchy. The red onions were big enough that I could put them aside without it getting to be messy. (Yeah, I'm a picky eater.) The smoked cream cheese crostini was delightful. I put about a tablespoon of the very tart and flavorful champagne vinaigrette on my salad, and that was enough for me. DH used more, and that was enough for him. The salads were good.
DH had the lobster mac and cheese, which he loved, and I had a bite. It was good. I had the filet mignon, medium rare, with bearnaise sauce and gnocchi for a side dish. It was perfectly medium rare. The steak came with a large mushroom and fried onion ring garnish, which was not my cup of tea. I pushed that stuff aside and slathered the filet with bearnaise -- *wonderful*. I ate every bite. I did not eat every bite of the gnocchi, and to this moment, I regret it. Gnocchi is my new favorite side dish. *So* good. I was just getting full.
Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake, which DH and I shared. It was dense and delicious, but surprisingly cool. I don't know why I expected it to be more like room temperature, but it was wonderful, anyway.
DH got the Gnarly Head pinot grigio with dinner; I had the Sweet Mint Ice Pick cocktail before -- *delicious* and deceptively strong; wish I had one right now! Bread and tiny, perfect, sweet, crusty, fried cornbread balls were served with molasses butter and whipped butter -- too delicious and too addictive; try not to eat the bread so as to save room for more dinner! I dare you!
Upshot: Loved it. Can't wait to go back. Will have to contrive another special occasion to justify more time and money at this gorgeous place!
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