If you love soul drenched southern comfort food, have a passion for farm to table restaurants, and love creative culinary flair…have I got a restaurant recommendation for you!
Highball & Harvest is Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes newest culinary concept and it does not disappoint! This new, innovative casual dining concept features interactive dining, unexpected design (the light fixtures are amazing!), handcrafted cocktails, and a creative, playful menu.
Chef de Cuisine Mark Jeffers features “low country & cajun inspired” flair offering dishes infused with Floridian citrus and ingredients from nearby purveyors as well as the resort’s own 7,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm! Highball & Harvest incorporates a railroad-inspired design featuring communal seating, a large bar/lounge area, a raw oyster bar (with chefs shucking oysters by hand), and custom hand painted dishware.
Let’s get to the absolutely delicious food shall we?
This lovely looking plate of doughy goodness is called the “Parker House Rolls” . I learned that they use ancient grains (called Khorasan Wheat) to create the bread and it was absolutely delicious. The bread itself had such a wonderful flavor, almost sweet like honey that I almost didn’t want to put any of the spreads on them, but how could I resist? The spreads provided were a fresh Herb Butter & an Apple Butter. Yes, they were both as delicious as they sound.
One of the amazing things about H&H is that they pride themselves by providing the best signature cocktails. They actually have an interactive cocktail table, where bar chefs muddle ingredients that are then served on the rocks with hand-carved ice and often infused with herbs and citrus from Whisper Creek Farm. I decided to go with the Summerlin’s Smash. They also have a great selection of Florida craft brews on tap!
Two of the delicious starters that we tried included The Southern Spread & the Crab Cake & Fried Green Tomato’s. The Southern Spread came out in a tackle box, showing off the creative southern flair that H&H provides it’s guests.
Highball & Harvest offers a large variety of entree’s varying from Pimento Cheese Burger, Chicken Fried Chicken, Grilled Swordfish, Blackened Grouper, and more! I personally had the shrimp and grits (like a true Southern gal) and enjoyed every last bite!
We ended this glorious lunch with dessert! This is where I felt like the creativity really flowed in terms of presentation! We had doughnuts in a paper bag, a cream inside of a light bulb, and each presentation did not disappoint and they were all so delicious!
If you haven’t been a guest at Highball & Harvest yet I strongly urge you to go. I can promise that you will not be disappointed! The personal touches that are clearly created in the menu are delightful and you leave with a great feeling and sense of Florida history & southern tastes. Chef himself is from New Smyrna beach and his Florida roots are clear in the comforting food he creates. After you visit them come back and tell me what you thought! What was your favorite menu item?