Highline Cafe & Saloon – Restaurant Review
After a long day of riding, my friend Owen and I rolled into Hartsel to eat a late lunch at the only restaurant in town, the Highline Cafe & Saloon. They were pretty busy, so we grabbed a table and waited. I can’t remember the last time I saw an actual jar of tea sitting on the window sill soaking up rays, but it was one of the first things we noticed.
There was only one waitress, and she was pretty busy, so we had to wait a few minutes to be acknowledged. Under the circumstances, it seemed like an acceptable wait. She brought us menus and took our drink orders (tea of course!) then left us to look over the menus.
There’s nothing too fancy here – you have your choice of a burger, or a buffalo burger. They also have a few other sandwiches on the menu such as chicken or grilled cheese, as well as some inexpensive kid’s options. Owen and I both went with the “Blue Moon Buffalo Burger”, which has bacon and blue cheese on it.
At first, I thought they had dumped ranch dressing on it as well, then I realized that gooey white stuff was melted blue cheese! I usually only see it as crumbles. It was pretty messy to eat, but totally delicious. It was cooked a little too much for my tastes (I had ordered it medium rare), but I wasn’t terribly unhappy.
Hartsel is a small town with basically no options for dining – this is the only choice. It also doubles as the local bar. Thankfully, their only option is pretty good. Unfortunately, they are struggling – really struggling. When we were paying, the waitress told us that they were on the brink of failing, and that the employees were essentially volunteering their time – working for tips only, just so the owner could make ends meet. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check this place out, they just might not be here the next time.