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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Takeout from Highland Bakery

Joshua John Russell
  • Joshua John Russell
I need to get out more.

I had no idea the Old Fourth Ward location of Highland Bakery (655 Highland Ave.) had expanded so much and become so popular. I ran into the cafe at lunchtime one day last week, thinking I'd pick up a quick sandwich to go. I found the large dining room packed and the takeout wait about 10 minutes.

The Bakery has become renowned for its sculptural, amazingly decorated cakes by Food Network stars Joshua John Russell and Karen Portaleo. The two have won numerous awards. Russell is a "Last Cake Standing" competitor. Check out his uncakely and funny blog, Joshua's Farmer's Market Finds.

I ordered a caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil on grilled sourdough bread, with a house salad on the side. The sandwich was mainly pleasing, not great, but you can't expect much from fresh tomatoes this time of year. Roasted tomatoes seem a better option. My salad weirdly had no dressing on it at all. I have no idea if that's usual or not. I'll definitely return but not during the madhouse lunch rush.

The Bakery also has a Midtown location (1180 Peachtree St.) and a third is due to open in Buckhead's Atlanta Financial Center.

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