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Restaurant NameHighland House
Address2630 E Highland (M-59)
City, State ZIPHighland, MI 48356
Phone248 887 4161
GPS Coordinates LAT 42.653692 LONG -83.578520

Restaurant AtmosphereAveraged price sit down restaurant
Chili HeatNone
Chili FlavorNone
Chili TextureSoupy
Chili Prices$5.95 for a $3.95 sized bowl
Chili Fixin'sTwo packages of Oyster crackers.

Comments by Matt Fuerst
Rating: 3
Highland House is one of my fav old school restaurants. By old school I mean I hit it quite often when I was in high school and the like. They server a very mean lasagna and spaghetti combo, and my parents adore their ribs. So, it was a family favorite. Everest was out with his fam and saw Highland House chili on the specials list, so we added it high on our roster of chili joints to visit.

Sadly, the build up was just not worth it. I was happy with the presentation, a very large, classy white bowl filled up with what looked like a sizeable portion of chili. The chili had a very "fresh" look to it, similar to CJ's Brewery. Lots of beans and celery present in a more soupy broth base than a thicker base. While I prefer thicker chili, I can totally enjoy a soupy chili.

Sadly, the taste just didn't measure up. The flavor I can best described as "canned", not fresh, no pop. There was no distinguishable flavors or spices add, and (as usual) no heat to note. I'm already with adding vegetables later in the cooking process so they are a little crunchier than the other ingredients (I do this with my onions in my own chili, so the onions are a little crunchy while the beans are a more mushy texture) but Highland House took this approach with their celery. There was a lot of celery, and some pieces were still very crunchy. I felt like a "bunny wabbit".

I'll have to bring out "Cheap Matt" again and note... $6 for a bowl! Ouch! Me and Mark grabbed some breadsticks too, Highland House breadsticks are the bomb, but Highland House springs another $3 on you for the breadsticks. Do yourself a favor and visit Highland House for their breadsticks and lasagna and avoid the chili.
Comments by Mark Everest
Rating: 4
I had pretty high hopes for the Highland House chili because all of the food I've had there has been very good. Their bread sticks are the best around. Also, for $5.95 for a bowl, it should be right up there with the best.

Matt and I ordered some bread sticks to go along with the chili which turned out to be a great idea. The chili itself looked pretty good. The appearance reminded me of CJ's chili with the colorful veggies and a more liquidy texture. The big difference was the flavor or lack thereof. I brought my own Tabasco sauce expecting, correctly, that there would be no heat found straight out of the kitchen.

I personally prefer chili that is a little thicker overall. The chili here had meat and chunks of veggies but was pretty runny at the same time. Speaking of veggies, there was an over abundance of celery of which I'm not a huge fan.

I don't want to give the Highland House too low of a score because it is homemade and it looks like they tried. However, $6 for chili that doesn't stand out in any way is a bit much. I was very surprised Matt even went because he tends to be pretty tight with the cash. And I don't even think he's struggling.

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