High Park Bar and Grill – Raleigh, NC
High Park Bar and Grill
625 E. Whitaker Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27608
Before I get into the food, let me mention something timely. High Park always has a Carolina-friendly crowd for major sporting events and usually has the volume turned up for the broadcast. I watched a couple of basketball games there during the Heels’ title run last year, a televised Late Night with Roy and more recently (and painfully) the NIT Championship loss last week. So that should also mean it’s a good place to go tonight and cheer against Duke in the Championship game. And now the grub…
You don’t expect to see a large comfort food menu at a sports bar, but High Park Bar and Grill on Whitaker Mill Road near Five Points in Raleigh offers just that.
Sure, all the usual bar fare is offered. The wings are large, crispy and cooked just right. A numerous sauce collection that can provide a change of pace from the standard buffalo sauces is also available. So by all means try the wings, the sandwiches or the appetizers if you’re in the mood. But High Park Bar and Grill takes pride in the “Southern Style” menu with some great options you can’t find at sports bars very often.
The owners claim no one has better meatloaf, and they might be right. Whether you choose marinara or brown gravy on top, you’ll get a moist and tasty portion. The hand-made salmon cakes crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and are elevated with a squeeze of lemon. Beef stew, fried chicken, chicken pastry and several more classic entrées highlight the southern menu.
Along with your meat you get cornbread and a choice of two sides. Mac and cheese with ziti isn’t quite a southern version, but will satisfy your need for cheese. The field peas, fried okra are excellent, and there are 15 other classic sides including mashed potatoes, lima beans, yams and cucumbers and onions.
Another unique aspect of High Park is the huge covered patio complete with televisions, fans on the high ceiling and seating for 50 to 60 people. It’s not often you can get comfort food with outdoor dining, and with the warm weather recently in the Triangle it’s a refreshing option.
The interior is massive, with a main dining room separate from the bar area. But once your meal is over you can play a game of darts, pool or even ping-pong in the bar and all the game highlights on their 30-plus flat screens. The full menu is served until 2:00 A.M., and there are the usual beer specials, karaoke and live music during the week.