Atlanta restaurant reviews, culinary news, and gluttonous gossip by admitted foodaholic Serina Patrick

The Highlander Cafe’ in Crystal River

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Located in a converted house in the historic district of Crystal River, Florida, this cafe’ is the very definition of quaint and one of the most popular lunch destinations in town.

Visiting my folks for Thanksgiving, LC played golf with my Dad while me and Mom shopped. Then we stopped by The Highlander Cafe’ for a leisurely lunch. The restaurant’s concise menu consists of mostly salads and sandwiches, each with an upscale twist. For instance the smoked turkey breast with cranberry sauce. Having just feasted on those very things, I opted for the bacon and brie on ciabatta.

Mom decided to try the toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. It was topped with the traditional smattering of onions and capers. My sandwich arrived with a generous amount of bacon and gently melted brie. Both came with a house salad of chopped greens with an interesting combination of grapes, cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, and bits of pineapple with a side of housemade honey mustard vinaigrette.

I was pleased to see the owner of the establishment checking in with each table to make sure their meal was satisfactory. And it was obvious that our attentive and efficient server was his son. When the owner came by to chat we realized why the restaurant was named The Highlander….he was Scottish! Altogether, a charming lunch.

My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is the vinyl tablecloths. Crystal River seems to be full of ‘em.

638 N. Citrus Avenue 352-563-0028

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