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Highland Kitchen

New American Restaurant$$$$
Somerville
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  • Joan M.
    "Buffalo Brussels sprouts: honestly the best vegetable ever."(18 Tips)
    Peep C.
    "Best Cuban Reuben I've ever had :D"(5 Tips)
    Kevin C.
    "Buffalo brussel sprouts, oysters, mussels, mark and stormy"(4 Tips)
    Christopher F.
    "Eat the deviled eggs...Chase them with an awesome beer."(7 Tips)
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  • Boston.com
    Boston.comJanuary 24, 2012
    Bluegrass Brunch! Where else could you find live banjo, fiddle, and guitar on the menu but at Highland Kitchen's Sunday brunch? Put some south in your mouth with an order of shrimp and grits. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2013
    Highland Kitchen specializes in comfort food, a lively ambiance, and strong cocktails. Try the spicy goat stew and the housemade ginger beer (also spicy). [Eater 38 Member]
  • Liz M.
    Liz McFallJune 3, 2014
    The kale and ancient grains salad is possibly one of the best things I have ever eaten. Top off the meal with a side and a drink, especially love the Dorchester, and I am as happy as a clam.
  • Lily L.
    Lily LJuly 6, 2012
    Joe is one of my favorite bartenders in the world & the Mark & Stormy* is beyond good. (*Makers Mark, homemade ginger-chili simple syrup, & soda) Try the Buffalo Brussel sprouts & be prepared to wait.
  • Sophia G.
    Sophia GoutzinosMarch 4, 2013
    I've only heard good things I was impressed! The homemade potato gnocchi were like soft potato pillows in my mouth that sat in this rich concentrated stew broth. It went perfectly with a beer. Yum!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "This is the best fried chicken around. It's a Monday night special. Also try the "Buffalo fried Brussels sprouts" or the chicken liver toast." Chef Joshua Breen Read more
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Highland Kitchen has soul. You can taste it in the seafood gumbo, brimming with okra and andouille. A real neighborhood hangout, with solid bartending, good food, and a relaxed vibe. Read more
  • Aslı Ş.
    Brunch is available only on Sundays. They dont take reservations. You need to get in line before it opens at 11am. Pancakes are to die for. I will come back for lunch/dinner
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinMarch 12, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-SOMERVILLE) Improper Bostonian says, "'Bar' food at these prices has no business tasting so outstanding. Whether it's the spicy coconut curried goat stew or the jambalaya..."
  • Magnus v.
    Magnus von KoellerNovember 29, 2012
    A year later, I still dream of the amazing meatloaf I had here. Also, the buffalo brussel sprouts are the best chicken wings I ever had. And I don't even like brussel sprouts!
  • Barbara H.
    Barbara HoughMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything we eat is awesome. Get the specials because they are always changing and always great. Get there at 5 or after 9:30 if you don't want to wait on Saturday.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJune 28, 2012
    Wow — the Buffalo Brussels Sprouts are a must try! This vegetable will never be the same!
  • Bianca P.
    Bianca PassosNovember 27, 2011
    Carrot & turnip soup (special), mussels (delicious coconut-lobster broth), clams, black bean burger - just plain awesome - and of course, banana bread pudding. So glad we finally came here!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Not to pile on, but the buffalo brussel sprouts *are* that good. Bolognese is delicious. Try and save room for dessert. Banana bread pudding is heaven.
  • Melinda G.
    Melinda GreenOctober 4, 2012
    The immense popularity of this quasi-neighborhood joint means there's a wait at 6pm on a Sunday. Order a plate of (3) deviled eggs from the bar to keep your hunger in check.
  • Matt B.
    Matt Boch 💖💖🐬February 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the buffalo fried brussel sprouts. Sounds strange, but you won't regret it. All the amazing taste of buffalo wings with the complex texture of brussel sprouts.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 5, 2011
    . The repurposed neighborhood dive bar-cum-craft cocktail/comfort food standout was ahead of the curve in a scene that's starting to see more and more places that fit that description. Read more
  • Laura B.
    Laura BedrossianNovember 22, 2012
    Great food, great drinks, but the best part are the bartenders. I would come back again and again for them. Extra points for remembering my name.
  • Christine K.
    Christine KathleenMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have deviled eggs and hush puppies… What more could you want??? Oh, and of COURSE their bartenders are stellar and make the most exceptional bevvies!!!
  • Tim L.
    Tim LuoAugust 18, 2015
    The cocktails were amazing, and the chicken fried pork was good, but whatever was on the gluten free menu that my friend had was..... About as tasty as dishwater.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CaseyJanuary 28, 2012
    Great spot. Apparently it's the Belgian way to pour your beer with 50% foam.. So if you order a Duvel and it's full of foam, just think of it as authentic.
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonJune 26, 2015
    Good southern food! And get "The Biggie" mimosa. It's $2 more than the regular mimosa, instead of a champagne glass its in a pint glass!
  • A S.
    A SAugust 4, 2016
    I get the hype - casual decor, live music, laid back vibe for Sunday brunch. But the food wasn't up to the mark - the deviled eggs, catfish, shrimp. Nothing made us want to come back for more.
  • Nadina
    NadinaMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great comfort food! Love the cheeseburger and the homemade pickles. Shrimp & grits are also great. If you're over 21, the Monsoon...
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanMay 19, 2015
    Interesting twists on traditional American fare - I loved my goat stew and the fried ricotta/mozzarella balls even more.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzOctober 30, 2014
    Buffalo Brussels sprouts to start and their famous goat stew to finish. Do it. You know you want to.
  • Toni P.
    Toni PMay 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    i can't say enough wonderful things about my favorite neighborhood spot. food and service are beyond amazing.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LasterJune 11, 2012
    Awesome service. fried cheese balls, buffalo brussel sprouts. Mmm. Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Best of Somerville
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    Don't sweat the wait; eat dessert first. Put your name on the list and head to The Chocolate Tarte nearby. - Rachel Leah Blumenthal, CBS Boston Read more
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BaezNovember 12, 2015
    Buffalo brussel sprouts were pretty good but the Cuban Reuben was amazing! Excellent service too!
  • Zack B.
    Zack BrittinghamMarch 18, 2016
    House made ginger beer is incredible. Actually everything was incredible. Definitely coming back.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 2, 2015
    Great cocktails. Best karaoke I've experienced. Buffalo Brussels sprouts are incredible.
  • Sahil K.
    Sahil KathawalaAugust 8, 2015
    Goat stew is fire! Both because it's has a bit of a kick to it and cause it's delicious
  • Marcel C.
    Marcel CuttsNovember 18, 2016
    The service was absolutely phenomenal and the steak and mussels I had both tasted great with good portions.
  • Sara J.
    Sara JordanAugust 17, 2015
    Everything here is amazing. Live music sessions. Brunch is amazing but can get busy!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithDecember 2, 2015
    Oh man this place is the real deal. Incredible appetizers, great beer selection, and fun ambience
  • Ale F.
    Ale FonsecaDecember 1, 2013
    Everything about this place is delicious and worth the food coma after.
  • James A.
    James AswellJune 11, 2013
    Sparkie, if you not at the Highland Kitchen on Mon. nite eating fried chicken.... your in the wrong damn place!! As they say in Hawaii....Ohno-lishious!!! I lived in New Orleans, try Jambalahya!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KasemirApril 13, 2016
    I could probably eat a whole meal of just the appetizers. Listen to everyone and get the buffalo Brussels sprouts.
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Buffalo Brussels sprouts: honestly the best vegetable ever. And I've had dreams about the blue cheese dip.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 14, 2010
    When you need an extra kick, order the off-the-menu Pelo del Perro from bartender Joe McGuirk. It's Spanish for “hair of the dog,” and essentially a really good fresh squeezed Tequila greyhound. Read more
  • chinsel
    chinselAugust 10, 2012
    tired of trivia? this place has spelling bee nights every tuesday! fantastic food and friendly wait staff
  • Navin A.
    Navin A.June 9
    Great neighbourhood bar and restaurant. Impeccable cocktails and tasty food selection.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJune 28, 2015
    I never comment about staff, but omg, the bartenders take such good care of you! Putting them down as my emergency contacts on all future documents.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 29, 2011
    The brunch can get ridiculous. Get here early on a Sunday and order something sausage - it's delicious here.
  • Meg M.
    Meg MSeptember 8, 2011
    Bored on a Wednesday night? Head here to order a Scarlet O'Hara at the bar and sit back and watch as people belt out some Aretha on Karaoke night!
  • Alana L.
    Alana LynchMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Do you like bluegrass? Of course you do. Go to brunch on Sundays. Live bluegrass, killer grub, good time, food coma.
  • K.Adam
    K.AdamDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Speaking as a former NC resident, this is the best pulled pork sandwich I've had in New England. Vinegary and delicious!
  • Maggie D.
    Maggie DelanoJanuary 1, 2015
    The wait for brunch is super short if you arrive right before they open, but it fills up quick.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranklinMarch 5, 2016
    Favorite restaurant in Somerville. So so so good. Best homemade veggie burger I've ever had.
  • Bianca P.
    Bianca PassosNovember 27, 2011
    First time here after hearing great things. I've never left a tip or any sort of online review for anything. I am writing because everything I had as amazingggg:
  • Yiwen G.
    Yiwen GaoJuly 7, 2013
    Their brunch starts at 11an, but if you get there at 11, you are already late. People line up before the door opens .
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteFebruary 3, 2013
    Shrimp and grits with a live band made for a wondrous Sunday brunch
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa B.July 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Karaoke on Wednesday nights.. always a great time! Also, in season, try the buffalo brussel sprouts.
  • Tara M.
    Tara MedeirosMarch 16, 2016
    Buffalo Brussels sprouts is a must! Blue fish cakes are also great.
  • todd p.
    todd pJanuary 31, 2011
    The braised pork shoulder is amazing. It comes with collard greens, mashed potatoes, and a thick cut slab of bacon.
  • Heather
    HeatherApril 30, 2016
    Great rotating beers, cozy vibe, friendly waiters, and delicious food.
  • Nadina
    NadinaSeptember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The homemade pickles are excellent. Also love the blackened catfish po boy and mac n cheese. The cheeseburger is tasty too!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMay 21, 2012
    No separate kids menu, but they can do grilled cheese, grilled chicken, Mac & cheese, and more
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Spicy Goat Stew. Legendary, incredibly flavorful, and can be prepared extra hot if you like to sweat while eating. Delicious. Eat.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GilmoreSeptember 13, 2015
    Goat stew, gordita (nice Chile verde), kale salad, veggie burgers
  • Catiria M.
    Catiria MendezNovember 2, 2011
    Try the Sheraton Commander or the Dorchester very good drinks! Btw parking is in the back.
  • Jaime C.
    Jaime CheahOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the deviled eggs - Excellent! Hushpuppies, Huervos Rancheros and Chicken Liver Omelette are also really good.
  • Nick
    NickAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lagavulin 16 pours for $16...Bulleit for $7.50...banana bread pudding is awesome @ $6
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MyersJune 2, 2015
    Ask about vegan options--the waitstaff knows what's up. Not extensive, though
  • Evan K.
    Evan KroopMarch 4, 2012
    Get the dirty bird, to die for also the bloody mary's are really good
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzApril 8, 2016
    Comfort food at it's best, mean drinks! Get ready to stand in line surrounded by a hipster crowd
  • Kate G.
    Kate GwiltMay 19, 2015
    Everything on the menu is amazing. Ask about the daily specials
  • Kirk B.
    Kirk BerrymanMarch 18, 2013
    Be there by 1030 or wait till one. Good food and food atmosphere.
  • Jasvinder K.
    Jasvinder KheraJanuary 10, 2015
    The burger is incredible, one of the best I've ever had.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Great bartenders, excellent food and jazz brunch. I go here with my mom and sister. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Nicolas W.
    Nicolas WarrenAugust 17, 2013
    The Ruben is delectable, perfect sauce and bread.
  • Diana G.
    Diana GrangerSeptember 8, 2015
    Amazing onion rings. Black bean burger is good too.
  • William M T.
    William M Tammick IIIAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early for brunch and try the dirty bird.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FochettaJuly 17, 2016
    The mussels are one of my favorite dishes in the area.
  • Peep C.
    Peep ClarpAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Cuban Reuben I've ever had :D
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Goss N.
    Goss Nuzzo-JonesAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Combine the Mark & Stormy with the goat stew for max spicy.
  • Tanille P.
    Tanille PaniaguaJuly 3, 2013
    Love the goat stew with fried plantains. It's spicy but a must try!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckAugust 9, 2014
    Get here early before they open if you want to get a table
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KisselJuly 9, 2013
    A little bit of a wait, but the Jambalaya is authentic and delicious.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RussellFebruary 7, 2013
    Great place. I recommend the cuban reuben!
  • David C.
    David CarrJuly 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome Chili, fantastic bar staff!
  • Nelson J.
    Nelson JoyceDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    For dinner get the half chicken; for brunch get the dirty bird!
  • mike l.
    mike lyonsSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic brunch, with great live music.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Monthly spelling bee on the first Tuesday of every month. Country fans will enjoy the musical brunch on Sunday.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish and chips, goat curry are awesome.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SutichJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Come to the Sunday brunch. food's good and the music is the best!
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HNovember 27, 2011
    Apparently brunch is a "thing," so make sure you line up outside at least 15 min before 11 on Sundays.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MaroisMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Mark and Stormy, like a dark and stormy but with Maker's Mark and delicious chili infused homemade ginger beer.
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonMay 16, 2013
    Buffalo brussels sprouts are not to be missed.
  • Sadullah C.
    Sadullah CeranJuly 13, 2015
    Be careful while selecting food. Some food are really spicy. I cried like a baby while I was earing goat stew. My stomach is on fire, and my wife claims that she saw sprinkles out of my ears :(
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CoutuOctober 21, 2014
    Buffalo brussel sprouts, oysters, mussels, mark and stormy
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerMay 13, 2014
    A favorite bar/restaurant in all of Boston.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJune 28, 2012
    Be warned — the chocolate pudding is bitter. Not recommended for those expecting a sweet dessert!
  • TJ M.
    TJ MahonyJanuary 19, 2010
    Spicy goat stew is legit. Also try the buffalo Brussels sprouts. A great way to get your veggies.
  • Citysearch Boston
    Citysearch BostonApril 27, 2010
    Go on Tuesdays, where the Spelling Bee kicks off at 9:30pm. Entry is free (save for your dignity) to win a prize of $25GC and glory.
  • Aron L.
    Aron LevyApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite restaurants, but WAAAAAY too many hipsters.
  • Oenodog
    OenodogNovember 6, 2011
    Do not go for brunch unless you're trying to recreate the crowded bar feeling of the night before. Drink orders will always take preference over food orders
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out Highland Kitchen as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Amy B.
    Amy BellFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Most delicious black bean burger. The end.
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