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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)
    Pete 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJune 28, 2012
    Wow — the Buffalo Brussels Sprouts are a must try! This vegetable will never be the same!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelApril 17
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • A S.
    A SAugust 4
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LasterJune 11, 2012
    Awesome service. fried cheese balls, buffalo brussel sprouts. Mmm. Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Best of Somerville
  • 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.
  • 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.
    House made ginger beer is incredible. Actually everything was incredible. Definitely coming back.
  • 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
  • Sara J.
    Sara JordanAugust 17, 2015
    Everything here is amazing. Live music sessions. Brunch is amazing but can get busy!
  • 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 Cutts3 weeks ago
    The service was absolutely phenomenal and the steak and mussels I had both tasted great with good portions.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithDecember 2, 2015
    Oh man this place is the real deal. Incredible appetizers, great beer selection, and fun ambience
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 2, 2015
    Great cocktails. Best karaoke I've experienced. Buffalo Brussels sprouts are incredible.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Ale F.
    Ale FonsecaDecember 1, 2013
    Everything about this place is delicious and worth the food coma after.
  • 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.
  • chinsel
    chinselAugust 10, 2012
    tired of trivia? this place has spelling bee nights every tuesday! fantastic food and friendly wait staff
  • 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.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KasemirApril 13
    I could probably eat a whole meal of just the appetizers. Listen to everyone and get the buffalo Brussels sprouts.
  • 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!
  • K.Adam
    K.AdamDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Speaking as a former NC resident, this is the best pulled pork sandwich I've had in New England. Vinegary and delicious!
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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