I travel to this area of Tennessee for business from time to time and I have been lucky enough to eat at High Point twice now during these trips. Both visits were with a rather large group of colleagues and we were easily accommodated in the rambling old house. For our most recent gathering, there were almost 30 folks and we were seated in a room toward the back of the establishment with three tables. It was a little snug, but we’ll just say it was cozy and move on.
The service at High Point was unsurpassed. The servers were very friendly, extremely helpful and quite expedient. They did an excellent job in juggling the orders for our large group.
The menu is mostly steak and seafood, and there are several excellent looking choices. There is also a nice variety of appetizers, soups and salads. The prices are a bit high (this ain’t a really inexpensive place), but I believe that the food is worth it, so it is a pretty good value. By the way, the bread that is served with the meal is excellent; sort of a sourdough, but not quite as chewy, plus they are good size…I ate three!
I finally opted for the High Point Oscar (filet mignon with crab meat in a béarnaise sauce server with asparagus. The server said that this was the most popular meal on the menu and I now know why as it was excellent. I opted for the lobster bisque instead of a salad, another great choice. Looking around the table as the dishes that my friends had selected I saw that all were very tasty looking and that many were HUGE! Some of the steak and seafood combinations were simply a plate full of food. But I did not see any of the plates return to the kitchen with anything left on them.
There is a full bar at High Point and there was an extensive wine list. However, for a beer drinker there is not much to cheer about. There is nothing on tap and a very meager selection of ho-hum beers and nothing with an ABU over 30 (a tragic situation for a hop head like me). But that is a small price considering that the food served is so good.
During dinner, I was sitting across from a colleague who is local to the area, and he commented that he and his wife will visit High Point several time during the year and have never had any issue with being seated or with the quality of the food. His only caution was that if there was some sort of event going on at the local university that the place could get crowded.
I guess that High Point was about a 30 minute drive from where we were staying in Manchester; an easy road trip on I-24 heading toward Chattanooga. I can see this becoming a regular stop when on travel in the area.
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