Part of the regional Chow Foods restaurant chain, the Hi-Life serves New American comfort foods in a former firehouse built in 1911. The red-brick exterior has a dramatic steeped roof and huge wooden doors, while the high-ceilinged dining room features original fire poles, contemporary paintings, and dark wood furniture. There’s also an exhibition kitchen with a wood-fired oven used to cook creative pizzas like the Butternut, topped with goat cheese and butternut squash. The Hi-Life is best known for its daily happy hour and its breakfast menu, which includes French toast with vanilla custard, espresso marscapone, and sugared hazelnuts.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.