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Disappointed in The Heights

foodiejourno | Mar 31, 200812:56 PM

I’ve been reticent about posting something critical concerning The Heights restaurant in Columbia Heights. But after eating there numerous times, I feel that I’ve given them a fair shake and want to share my experience with the other members of this board. I moved into Columbia Heights two years ago when there were barely any restaurants nearby. When The Heights opened, I was thrilled. The menu seemed promising with a selection of comfort food, fish, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and pasta entrees.

I went several times this past summer for dinner and the food was so-so. Not fantastic by any stretch, but not abysmal either. Over the past year, I’ve tried their burgers, tilapia, an omelet (for brunch), and a few salads. Again, nothing to write home about but edible.

Then last night, I went with a friend and ordered the crab cakes. For $17, I got two crab cakes and some grey-colored mashed potatoes. The crab cakes were mostly filler with a tiny amount of mushy crab meat that was definitely not of the highest quality. I managed about two bites of the crab cakes before pushing the plate away in disgust. I guess my thought is this: The Heights isn’t serving haute cuisine or anything even close. The dishes, for the most part, are simple and shouldn’t give any kitchen worth its salt (pun intended) any difficulties. But for some reason, they don’t seem to be able to turn out even the most rudimentary dishes.

Why is it that some casual dining restaurants get it right time and time again (Café Deluxe, for instance, comes to mind)? The folks behind The Heights aren’t beginners—they own a slew of other restaurants around town and seem to have a formula. Each restaurant is pleasant enough inside with friendly wait staff, yet for some reason, they're missing the mark on consistently good, tasty food. I’m wondering if anyone else has had similar dining experiences at TH. I don’t want to bash the place—rather, I would love to see them improve so that I can continue supporting them.

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