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Highland Kitchen

Okay, so I knew I couldn’t make it more than 1 post on this blog without talking about Highland Kitchen in Somerville.  Oh, and for all of you who pointed out my spelling mistakes or mistypes, please don’t ever talk to me again.  That is you, Tim.

Highland Kitchen is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant that not many of you have ever heard of.  There are no reservations, you see the same people there everytime you go, and the menu changes constantly.  The inside has a cool atmoshpere, with a nice bar area where you can down some delicious, exotic mixed drinks as you wait for 30 minutes for your table.  The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable, and they do things right- muddle your mint, garnish properly, and put a good amount of booze to get you a little tipsy before you sit down.

Once you sit down, I highly suggest thinking long and hard about the specials.  They do rotate some of the same ones know and again (the scallop app- awesome) and they use very fresh ingedients.  If you read my first post, I judge restaurants based on their chicken.  And no one, I mean no one, does it better than HK.  Crispy skin is the kicker, but the whole dish is awesome, including the sweet potato hash.  I have considered drinking the gravy that comes with it.  Anyone want to bet me $20 next time we go?

Overall, HK is a great experience.  I have never had a bad meal, a bad dish or a bad drink there.  The only downside is that it is a little on the small side.  Be prepared for a loud crowd, but once you go once, I guarentee you will be back.

I’m not sure why I picked two Somerville restaurants in a row, but I will find a new spot for my next post.

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EVOO- Somerville

The first post.  Not a bad one to start with.

If you can find EVOO in their current location, it is worth going in.  A very small setting, with an open kitchen (one of my favorite features of any restaurant) EVOO is certainly inviting.  This is of course after you get past the drapes that seperate to get into the restaurant.  You feel like you are about to go on stage.  Looking around, this is an obvious “Harvard professor” crowd, which does not match the inventive and fresh menu.   The menu is a mix of a bunch of different types of food- southwestern, french, New Hampshire (rabbits, roadkill, and whatever else those people eat).   Once you get past the light menu reading, the food is seasoned properly, cooked to perfection and portioned nicely.

My standard test for any restaurants is chicken.  Call me boring, but chicken can either be great or awful.  Perfect test fo a non-critic.  So, I ordered the chicken.  It was a BBQ glazed chicken, and it came with home-made coleslaw, fried pickle slices and something else that I am blanking on right now.  Good start here, can’t even remember the dish that I am reviewing.  Maybe this blog is not a great idea.  Anyway, the chicken was awesome.  The bone was left on, which is how it should be, and the breat was cooked perfectly.  The slaw was awesome too- way more kick than you would every expect. 

Service was great too- he talked us through the process they go through to create their daily-changing menus.  Basically, farms all over will call up and say “hey, I have this cow, do you want any of it?”  Instead of ordering what they need, they order what is freshest.  A great concept. 

They are moving to Kendall Square in February, so I anticipate that the new locaiton will be much more accessible.  The prices were high, but reasonable for the amount and quality of the food you get.  Wine selection is good too- varied selection and some new wines I haven’t heard of.  In other words, it wasnt Two Buck Chuck or Lindemans. 

If you’ve eaten there before, let me know what you think.  Since the menu changes everyday, I’d like to here an overall opinion about the place.

That’s all for now.