Armsby Abbey – Review

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the main post!

Have you ever been to Buca di Beppo? If you have and you liked it, then you’re in for a real treat if you go to Armsby Abbey; if you haven’t been before, you’ll finally know what it is like to experience some real portions. Just like Buca di Beppo, Armsby Abbey serves only the finest cuisine in the most copious amounts you’ve ever seen. It speaks for itself when I say that there was so much food sampled that our reviews had to be posted away from the main post for fear of taking up too much space.

We began with the Farmstead Cheese Slate; on the menu in the main post for Armsby Abbey, you can see the ingredients. The bread was excellent; it tasted very fresh and had some delicious cranberries mixed in. This, combined with the candied nuts and a peach jam, served as the perfect appetizer (I kept going back for more even though I knew the main entrees had yet to come).

Next came the Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad. I’ve never liked beets and unfortunately I didn’t like the ones that came with this meal, but the spinach was fine; it had a bitter tasting vinaigrette that seems to go along with any sort of salad. Again, this was just an appetizer, so we have to remember not to overdue it on anything at the beginning.

The Grilled Carrots & Parsnips were cooked very well, as the insides of both were warm and tender. However, unavoidable as it is when grilling vegetables, the skin on the carrots was a bit stringy and tasteless.

Out came the restaurant’s specialty: the Mac ‘n’ Cheese. As @thingswithf has pointed out in his review, this entree has been served at Armsby Abbey ever since its founding in 2008; for nine years, it has delighted customers with its perfect blend of cheese, bread, and pasta into a cheesy, stringy, and gooey meal. This was my personal favorite. The flatbreads arrived at the same time as the Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and while I didn’t try the Sausage & Spinach flatbread, the Calabrian Chili Flatbread was just excellent; I especially liked the mixture of the chili pizza sauce and the salami on top, since it just seemed to go so well together.

Maybe the second-most anticipated entree of the lunch came in next: the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Legs. The breaded outside was salted and crunchy, being very tasty in its own right (although I think it may have been salted a bit too much); however, the perfectly tender chicken meat underneath the surface takes the cake. I don’t think I can overstate how great this meal was; once you try these, it will be tough to choose between the Buttermilk Chicken and the Mac ‘n’ Cheese for the best entree in the restaurant.

Finally, there came the dessert: the Brigadeiros, or truffles. These small chocolate desserts literally melted in your mouth, perfectly complementing and finishing an overall amazing mealtime experience. I know that many people aren’t a fan of coconut, and while I am (and therefore enjoyed the coconut truffles very much), I think that anyone short of being allergic to the substance will be willing to have a few of them; they’re just that good.

Would I recommend this Armsby Abbey? Absolutely! It may take a while to get the entire food experience due to the many meals available (and it might result in a very long blog post) but I hope you’ll take my word for it when I say that it is worth the visit.



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