When visiting Birmingham, Alabama, the home to our stockist Plain Clothes, a visit to Highlands Restaurant is always a must. Highlands, the award-winning restaurant, has become a staple of refreshed Southern Cuisine. Since 1982, Highlands has been highly regarded by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Bon Appetite magazine, just to name a few, for its French- inspired Southern fare. The regulars at Highlands range from the Mayor of Birmingham, William A. Bell to businessmen and women in head to toe designer suits to doctors still in their scrubs.
This warm and amazing atmosphere is made possible by the one and only Frank Stitt, who is the owner and executive chef. At the age of just 28, Stitt worked tirelessly to get Highlands to where it is today. The hard work sure did pay off, because Stitt is the recipient of multiple James Beard Awards, the Southern Foodways Alliance lifetime achievement award, as well as having his restaurant ranked 5th in the nation by Gourmet Magazine’s 50 Best American Restaurants. These are few among the long list of accolades Frank Stitt and Highlands have earned over its 32-year history.
One of the best features of the restaurant is the extensive wine selection Highlands curates, to accompany each course to perfection. The wine of choice for the recent Isoude visit was a recommendation by Stitt himself. Not only matching the repast but also the upcoming Autumn Winter 2014 Isoude collection he suggested two Austrian wines from the vineyards of Domäne Wachau and Johannes Hirsch. The Domäne Wachau was a 2012 Grüner Veltliner, a type of Austrian wine. Domäne Wachau is one of the most renowned vineyards in Austria and the Wachu region is the most prestigious wine region in Austria. The 2012 Grüner Veltliner, has notes of white pepper and gooseberry as well as a slight hint of yellow apple. It’s very balanced and subtly spicy at the finish. The second wine is a 2011 Hirsch Riesling Zöbing from the Kamptal region of Austria. The Zöbing is full of character with a medium acidity, light yellow color and tart citrus and celery seed notes.
The Highlands experience is unlike any other and the opportunity to meet the world renowned chef, Frank Stitt is one that will never be forgotten. Highlands restaurant is a quintessential destination for all who visit Birmingham.