Frank Stitt opened up shop during the time I was traveling the Southeast on business and in B'ham at least once every other month, sometimes much more often. But I was not the foodie I am now, and stuck with my faves the Golden Rule and Social Grill, never popping in to check things out.
Being very much aware of him these days, I was very much looking forward to dinner there, one of only a few splurge meals we were allowing ourselves along the route.
While I was certainly impressed with the overall experience, I can't say that Highlands is a place I would drive well out of my way for (as I would for Bloomington, IN's Restaurant Tallent let's say).
Ingredients were of impeccable quality, and were perfectly prepared. But I found the overall flavor profile of everything served to lean towards the bland side. I totally "get" what he is doing, but I happen to prefer much more aggressive flavors in the foods I eat. Highlight was the crostata for dessert, a triumph in textures AND flavor
Should you go? Absolutely. Definitely should be on every 'hound's must-do list, just maybe not on the must-do-everytime-in-the-area list.
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