I began with an amazingly delicious blood orange Old Fashion ($12), made with Makers Mark. I’d return just for that. Highpoint’s warm pita comes in a mini supermarket cart along with a garlicky hummus.
For appetizers, we sampled their refreshing light and simple gazpacho ($7), nicely presented with the server pouring the chilled soup into the bowl tableside over shredded carrots and fresh cilantro. Also tasty are the three mini Kobe corn dogs on a stick — like at a state fair for easy eating — arrived a top spicy mustard ($8).
Highpoint makes their lump crab and potato “sandwich” ($12) in a ring mold beginning and ending with hash brown potatoes that become the “crust.” Quite tasty, although our serving could have used a few more minutes cooking time to finish cooking the potatoes. It’s an attractive presentation served on a pomerey mustard sauce and a pool of mustard oil along with a watercress salad.
Be sure to try our favorite: the angry calamari with delicate tempura-batter fried tender squid, haricot vert and sliced jalapenos, served with a sweet Asian chili dip ($9).
The entree not to be missed is the individual baked “Eggplant Parm,” with grilled eggplant a top (again created in a ring mold-form) roasted peppers, fennel, yellow squash and zucchini sitting fresh tomato sauce. ($18). Think flavorful composed ratatouille.
Another fabulous entree is the cooked-to-perfection whole roasted Branzini atop grilled leeks with a caramelized lemon ($27) with salad.
Their house made mushroom ravioli ($18) is filled with ricotta, herbs and topped with diced crimini and portabello mushrooms and sauce. Highpoint’s meatloaf is “not your mother’s,” instead it’s an individual round portion ($19) topped with a tamarind-flavored BBQ sauce, and served with baby carrots, haricot vert and more truffled than cheese mac-n-cheese.
We didn’t have an ounce of room left for dessert, but the manager instead saying we never had creme brûlée like theirs ($12). He was right: two light versions come attractively presented, a lavender-flavored one i a glass cup, and a traditionally flavored on in an eggshell in a terracotta cup.
As I said it’s a casual place with a welcoming friendly and tasty menu that won’t break the bank. And they offer al fresco dining. Worth the trip.