After three decades, the Birmingham, Alabama, restaurant remains an American icon.

 

 

 

In 1982, on a treelined central street in downtown Birmingham, local son Frank Stitt opened Highlands Bar and Grill, a temple of Frenched-up Southern cuisine inspired by the brasseries of Paris. Stitt had cut his teeth in the ’70s at Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse under then-chef Jeremiah Tower, followed by stints in kitchens throughout Provence and Burgundy, before returning home to Alabama, where his mother mortgaged her house to finance her son’s restaurant dream.

 

I first heard about Highlands when I was working in the restaurant b...

For a taste of spring, this luscious recipe celebrates the best of the season.

 

I fell in love with flavor at an early agein France, where I traveled often with my parents. In the 1970s, nothing the retasted like it did in America. The tomatoes, the peaches, the asparagus, the eggs—everything was so different, so vivid, somuch itself. This soup is the closest thing I know to the French asparagus soup of my childhood, resplendent in a way that seemed exotic to meat the time: a simple combination of leeks, chicken stock, and cream.No corn starch (horrors!) or flourin this soup—the scrumptious thickness comes, ever so...

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