Cuisine: American-Southern Inspired
Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward
Address: 655 Highland Avenue, #10 Atlanta, Georgia 30312
On many different occasions, I’ve heard people talk about how good the food at Highland Bakery is. More specifically, their Sweet Potato Pancakes. Actually, people speak of them so much, I wondered if their menu consisted of anything else. I have one friend in particular that tells me as often as possible, "we have to go so I can try the Sweet Potato Pancakes".
Now I’ve been a little reluctant to try this place for two reasons. First, to be quite honest, I don’t care for pancakes. I ate them enough growing up and, frankly, I find them boring. So immediately I thought - no thanks, I’ll pass. Second, there are maybe 6 parking spaces at the restaurant, which explains the never ending line of cars parked on both sides of the street. But, on this day, I decided to put one leg in front of the other and trek on over to see what all the fuss is about.
As I entered the restaurant, my eyes and nose were pleasantly surprised by the bakery items on display - cookies, cakes, muffins, and scones that looked and smelled delicious!!! My inner fat girl was ecstatic to learn that Highland Bakery was an ACTUAL bakery and not just a cool name for a restaurant. I was only able to lust over the bakery items for a moment before our party of three was quickly taken to our table and warmly welcomed by Jasmine, our smiling server.
As I looked over the menu, I was pleased to learn that they offered a full breakfast menu. Items like Shrimp & Grits and French Toast definitely caught my eyes. There were also soups, sandwiches, and salads for those of us not in the mood for breakfast. But, none of that mattered one bit on this day. My friend made sure that I ordered those Sweet Potato Pancakes. I threw in a side of turkey sausage just in case these things weren't as good as advertised.
Shortly after our orders were placed, Jasmine’s smiling face reappeared with our food. At the first sight of the large autumn colored pancakes topped with toasted pecans and served with caramelized brown sugar syrup, I thought to myself - this better be good.
All I can say is, THANK GOD my friend badgered me into getting the pancakes. They were DELICIOUS!!! The pancakes themselves had a sweetness that wasn’t too overwhelming and the addition of the caramelized brown sugar syrup on top of the toasted pecans complimented it perfectly!!! It was nothing I expected but everything I wanted. Oh, and the turkey sausage wasn't too shabby either.
The next time you’re in the city looking for a new twist on an old favorite, try the Sweet Potato Pancakes at Highland Bakery. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Tell 'em ATL Bite Life sent you.