Atlanta >Food & Dining > Highland Bakery
655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031233.761233 -84.366107
Mon - Fri, 7am - 4pm; Sat, Sun, 8am - 4pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Old Fourth Ward, Northeast
This is just a special place for me. They have the best cupcakes in the city and I think that I am addicted to it. I always stop by here after work to buy some.
Come here during the week... – Good choices for breakfast, however I would recommend avoiding highland bakery on the weekends. It is very crowded and usually has a long wait; however, if you come here during the week there is never a wait and the restaurant has a different feel to it. Love the wait staff and the food is consistently good.
I wish I'd never met her... – I'm just copying and pasting the email I wrote and never recieved a response to. Which is just bad form. When we first walked in, we thought this would be our regular lunch place. Alas.
Friday, June 4, 2010 2:53 PM
To: _________@highlandbakery . com
I visited your restaurant for the first time on Monday. My friend and I were delighted to find that you were open on the holiday!
The desserts you create are beautiful and the restaurant is very cute so we had high hopes.
Unfortunately, our dining experience was not completely pleasurable. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Our problem was solely with the food. We ordered a dish of black beans and grits. The beans were vinegary and left a really unpleasant aftertaste.
She ordered cilantro corn pancakes. The dish was really pretty, but it was also really under-seasoned. Honestly, they didn't taste all that different from a regular pancake. The most flavorful part of the salsa. Which was weird because usually cilantro-anything packs a punch.
Also, I had a crab burger. I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the burger was not composed of "lump meat". The meat was minced into such tiny pieces it was hardly more than a paste. It was also completely flavorless and if the menu hadn't said it, I would have never guessed it was crab. The texture of the burger was only made stranger by the little mustard seeds throughout it. The bread was good though.
On a high note I did have some wonderfully prepared zucchini and squash. I'm grateful for that, because otherwise I would've left almost as hungry/unsatisfied as I was when I arrived.
Before I left I debated speaking with a manager, but I decided to think it over. I only decided to contact you, because it (the crab burger especially) might be an irregular occurrence or something that you haven't noticed yet.
Brunch used to be very good at this place. Now it's slowly deteriorating. The food isn't as good as it used to be and the hostess can be rude at times.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE – I must say the food their is good.. I gave it a 1 star because the SERVICE IS TERRIBLE.. I feel they don't really care about their service to the customers because they are really busy.. Well as I have visited the place serveral times. My last visit was so horrible, it made me write this review..
1st they tried to sit me and my partner in this corner where the table was crammed , we would have had to squeeze in it to sit at the table .. So I went back to the front informed the hostess that we would rather wait on another table.. Well they said we can sit you at the bar, we were hungry after waiting 30 minutes for table.. so the bar was fine.. When we sat down they took our drink order, then came back about 10minutes later to take our food order.. We place our order.. and waited 30 minutes.. minutes no food.???? we decided to wait 10 more minutes ... still no food?? so after 40 minutes.. we left. I told the manager at the door we were leaving because we had been waiting 40 minutes an our food is not out.. He looked at us and said "ok".... he didnt apologize or anything... So that tells me THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR PATRONS , BECAUSE THEY HAVE ENOUGH BUSINESS... WELL THEY WILL NOT GET MY BUSINESS EVER AGAIN.
Simply the Best – Breakfast is probably the least respected meal of the day…. that is unless you’re including Taco Bell’s notorious ‘4th meal’ in your list… people skip it, look past it and sometimes even look down on it. Heck for breakfast to get any love or respect it has had to form a tenuous partnership with lunch, bringing us brunch. Luckily for us ATLiens, there is one place in the city that is doing breakfast, and its cousin brunch, justice like no other place in town: Highland Bakery.
Highland Bakery has one of the most creative and inviting menus you’ll ever see in a breakfast or brunch spot. And even more impressive; everything is executed well. Yes for the traditionalists there’s the standard eggs, bacon and toast. But its for those more adventurous diners that the bakery truly begins to shine. Try the cilantro corn cakes, the peanut butter french toast or for something that will truly have you in breakfast ecstasy: the sweet potato pancakes; hands down the best in town! And oh yeah, this is a bakery afterall, so don’t forget to try a tasty cupcake or cinnamon roll on your way out, cause yes, Highland Bakery does them well too.
Hotmess Highland Bakery – After several visits to this restaurant, I've given up. Today, we arrived at 1:00pm for brunch for a table of 3. After a 45 minute wait for a table, the host kept seating tables of 2 only. He couldn't figure out that pushing two 'couples' tables together could seat 3 sooner than having to wait for a table that sat 4 people.
We left and we will NOT be back again. Although the food is tasty, it is SO NOT worth the wait. There are plenty of other better restaurant options in Inman Park. It still surprises me that patrons of this establishment tolerate such low standards. In this economy, restaurants should be falling over themselves to accommodate the very people who keep them in business.
Good luck Highland Bakery. You'll need it!
A breakfast-lunch spot for the well-groomed VaHi crowd. – In Short
Within the long, slender brick building lays a bustling city bakery serving up desserts in one room, and full on foods in the light and airy dining room. The mid-sized, smooth concrete bar is perfect for the lone diner and the small tables with silver chairs give the room a modern day diner feel for their breakfast and lunch service. The mammoth-sized peanut butter French toast with caramelized bananas could feed a small army, and the unique, fluffy ricotta pancakes are served with sweet and tangy blueberry compote to the massive weekend brunch crowd. Plenty of vegetarian-friendly dishes are available including substitutes like soysage and tofu. The breads and pastries are fresh and tasty, but if you want for cinnamon roll served warm, it will be nuked. Fair warning.
Poor overall quality, getting a bit old... – I used to be a fan of this neighborhood cafe, but the quality has been letting me down lately...
Chipped plates, poorly presented food, overcooked & cold eggs... and less than happy wait staff.
It's time for me to find a new brunch place.
Ignore the comments of the perpetually bitter – What can i say about Highland Bakery other than the food is AMAZING! The service is spotty at best (but hello this is Atlanta) - they are as good as anywhere else. The food is AMAZING!!!! I am about the pickiest person in the whole damn world but you wont find a better breakfast this cheap (if you think this is overpriced head on over to the Buckhead Diner or its Sister Brunch Establishment across the street) anywhere ITP or OTP.
I think the people who left nasty comments must have had someone urinate in their cereal because I have been to the Highland Bakery many many times (almost every Sunday) and have never ever had a meal less than amazing. The Jalape?o Focaccia Bread is to DIE FOR! Ignore the bitter and go let your tastebuds have a PARTY!!!
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