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My Wish List for The Highlands

December 27, 2007 - Phyllis Sigal
The list of stores and restaurants at The Highlands is growing by leaps and bounds, and being the shopper that I am, I love it! I especially love the stores out there that we've had access to only by traveling to Washington or Pittsburgh, such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Target, Michael's, to name a few.

I really enjoyed my visit to Books-A-Million, having just gone there for the first time for some holiday shopping in late December. I'll be going there a lot, I know. Having heard there's a Sephora — a great make-up store — coming to the J.C. Penney location, I'll be stopping out there for that.

And, I'm looking forward to trying out Cheddar's. And, I love Coldstone Creamery, but of course, should avoid the calories there! But, there are so many more stores that I wish would come to The Highlands. How about a Gap — not an outlet, but the real thing. It would be fun to have a Banana Republic — not that I can afford things there unless they're on sale, but it's fun to look. Chico's, The Limited, New York & Co., Express ... all these stores, for which I get coupons in the mail, would be great additions.

In the food department, a Trader Joe's would be a wonderful asset to The Highlands. If you've never been to one, there is one in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and one at the Easton shopping complex in Columbus. Trader Joe's is a specialty grocery store without specialty store prices. In fact, the prices are better than many regular grocery stores. In the Columbus store, there are are great buys on wine. (Pennsylvania's liquor laws are just too weird to allow wine sales at grocery stores.) Charles Shaw wines are $3 a bottle! The wine, which comes in many varieties — Chardonnay, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and more — has gotten the nickname "Two-Buck Chuck," because it sells for that in California. We call it "Three-Buck Chuck" because that's what we pay. I know lots of people who make the pilgrimage to Columbus or elsewhere for their great specialty items and great prices.

Have you ever eaten at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits? I think it would be a great fit for The Highlands. The closest one is in Washington, Pa. The burgers are tasty and interesting, and done exactly as requested. There are chicken burgers, classic burgers and lots of "adventuresome burgers," such as the Whisky River BBQ Burger, the Honey Mustard Chicken Burger, the Parmigiano Chicken Burger, the Monster Burger, the Banzai Burger, the Bleu Ribbon Burger, the Guacamole Bacon Burger, the Sauteed 'Shroom Burger, the Pot Roast Burger, the Garden Burger, the Crispy Fish Burger and the Grilled Salmon Burger ... and MORE! And, you can pretty much mix and match, too. I wanted the Bleu Ribbon Burger and the 'Shroom Burger, so I just got some 'shrooms on my bleu. So good! There are also soups, wraps and salads, as well as a good selection of starters.

But one feature that I loved/hated was the bottomless fries! Just what you need, right? But, boy were they good. We got the parmesan garlic fries. Finish your portion, and they'll bring you more!

So you get the picture Red Robin is pretty, darned good! And I want one here!

Anyone out there have a wish list of their own? How about sharing!


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