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Highland Kitchen 5pm today,Friday: Pre-Loud?

opinionatedchef Mar 15, 2013 01:20 AM

so many CHs love this place (though i have a hunch most are 20-30)
that i feel we should give it a second shot. wicked loud though. Do you think 5pm Fri would get us some quieter time there? (i did not say quiet!)
thx.

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    Gabatta Mar 15, 2013 01:51 AM

    It is a very popular spot with people with children. It may be quieter at 5, but it will fill up soon afterward with families and Friday after workers. The bonus In going at 5p is that you likely would be able to get seats at the bar, which I much prefer to the dining room.

    I'm well past the age group you referenced, but still enjoy and endorse HK very much.

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      opinionatedchef Mar 16, 2013 12:47 AM

      wow, g, you're not kidding! Fri night is Kids' night at HK! we arrived 5:30; abot 1/2 full already and the tykes kept pouring in. we snagged a great table in a nook around the corner from the entrance. perfect as a quieter spot.
      Food was really good. The andouille and red pepper hushpuppies were stellar; could not have been better. Stuffed portobellos w/ balsamic glaze were bland for me, but My Love liked em.

      We both had Specials: Grilled Lamb skewer w/ feta sauce, watercress, and farro salad. Beautiful lamb, nice heat to the harissa coating. Farro very bland( they need to take a workshop w/ the Oleana chefs.) My Love completely scarfed his cajun bluefish plate.(Is it just me or is it surprising to find a lamb kabob plate for $28 in a place as, ahemmm, casual as this?)

      Alw happy to see Iggy's table bread. Reds by the glass were o.k. Retro desserts of no appeal to me. Really great vibes from all the waitstaff; a laid back happy atmosphere.Look forw to going back, so thx for your help.

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        opinionatedchef Mar 18, 2013 01:16 AM

        i withdraw my $ comment; my lamb entree was not $28; it was $24. sorry.

        1. re: opinionatedchef
          Bob Dobalina Mar 19, 2013 09:45 AM

          EVERY night is kids' night at HK, before 6pm. Glad you enjoyed the meal - the specials are where it's at for me, especially when not winter and seasonal veggies start getting worked in more.

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        LeoLioness Mar 15, 2013 06:59 AM

        It won't be loud when you arrive, but it does tend to fill up early.

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          treb Mar 16, 2013 06:30 AM

          I'm over 20 and go frequently, the chow is excellent. I especially like to sit at the bar.

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            ChocolateMilkshake Mar 16, 2013 08:17 PM

            I go to HK alot, but I've never sat at the bar before. What am I missing? I'd be worried I'd keep getting elbowed from the standing bar patrons.

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              treb Mar 18, 2013 08:20 AM

              I just like the busyness and action at the bar, lots of fun.

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                enhF94 Mar 18, 2013 01:56 PM

                Maybe you can give more detail? I've always thought busyness was a reason to avoid - but I'm (we're?) open to new ideas! Meeting new people? Scene-ness?

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                  treb Mar 19, 2013 09:10 AM

                  I believe that bartenders are some of the best waitstaff/servers, I find them very attentive wanting to make sure everything is fine and very thorough.

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            petuniafromhell Sep 25, 2013 01:46 PM

            What is this place like on a Sunday at 7? Going there with a 1 year old after doing some sightseeing.

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              LeoLioness Sep 25, 2013 02:29 PM

              Very crowded, usually.

              1. re: LeoLioness
                Bob Dobalina Sep 25, 2013 05:57 PM

                Sunday at 7 might not be too bad. I think you'll have a better shot at that time on Sunday than most other days.

              2. re: petuniafromhell
                jgg13 Sep 26, 2013 05:33 AM

                This Sunday is the pats game at night. Not sure which direction it'd affect the crowd but there will be an effect

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                  Gabatta Sep 26, 2013 05:58 AM

                  Judging by past experience it means that the bar, which also doubles as the waiting area, will be fairly crowded in advance of the 8p game time. It may not be too long as some of the early birds will be turning over, but there will be a wait for a table at 7p on Sunday.

                  1. re: jgg13
                    Small Plates Sep 26, 2013 06:54 AM

                    Sunday is crazy day at HK. Hopping from brunch to closing.

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                      jgg13 Sep 26, 2013 07:44 AM

                      I find that HK is pretty much always hopping - its just degrees of hopping-ness :)

                  2. re: petuniafromhell
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                    treb Sep 26, 2013 07:04 AM

                    First, I'd check to see if there's a game on, it could get busy and active. Second; a 1yr old at 7pm, just say'n, maybe a bit earlier may work.

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