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Finally hit THE Angus Barn

jonfrank604 Mar 19, 2010 06:47 PM

.......not that impressed....

Angus Barn Restaurant
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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    chazzer RE: jonfrank604 Mar 19, 2010 07:57 PM


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      jonfrank604 RE: chazzer Mar 20, 2010 04:52 AM

      The atmosphere was great, I thought it had a really cool lodgey mountain feel. The server was "not that into us". We didn't do apps since I am a not a huge eater, and wanted to save plenty of space for this famous steak. There were three of us and we all tried different entrees to have a variety. I had the strip, medium rare...It was definitely medium, which wasn't the worst because it was a very tender cut, but would've certainly preferred more rare..and I never send food back...Its an issue i'm working on...But most of all, I thought it was very weakly seasoned....very little flavor, and no sear at all....My wife had the beef ribs...they were good, but for the price, not good...My buddy got the t-bone, and while this looked much better to me, he said the same of the flavor...We all had a different dessert...Blackberry cobbler, creme brulee, and a chocolate pie...all were ok, but really not great...I mean we had a good meal, but I can think 25 places I would rather eat that would've been half the price...But don't get too hung up on the price, because it's more really I can think of 25 places nearby I would've rather eaten even if price was no concern...

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        Bluemold RE: jonfrank604 Mar 20, 2010 05:45 AM

        I certainly hope you relayed this info to the staff at the AB. That is the best and fairest way to air any grievances and it allows the restaurant an opportunity to respond. and correct any dissatisfaction.

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      ncyankee101 RE: jonfrank604 Mar 24, 2010 09:21 AM

      I was there once years ago, I remember not being impressed at all - in my opinion Peddler right down the road is better in every way - especially service and ambience - and at the time I went was about half the price.

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        Guilty Gourmand RE: ncyankee101 Mar 24, 2010 06:31 PM

        Wow! I find these comments about the service to be really surprising. I have been to the Barn several times, including most recently about a month ago to host a former Triangle resident (now living in Atlanta) who still counts the Barn as his favorite restaurant. We also had my two young boys with us as a slightly belated birthday celebration. The service we received was simply without peer, particularly the attention they paid to the boys. I will grant you that the steak I had was not the best steak I've ever had (Chicago) but it's always been very good and the best one I had there was certainly the best I've had in the Triangle. It's been years since I've been to The Peddler--sounds like I need to go back. At any rate, I really love the Barn, love that the steak comes with choice of potato and soup or salad. I love that my spinach salad with warm poppyseed dressing is served in a wood bowl that's served hundreds. I also love the crackers and cheese and the chess pie. Most of what I love though is probably knowing that it's the same place my parents talked about going to when they were dating and lived in Raleigh and the magical mystical barn high up on the hill that I was always promised we would go for some special occasion when driving cross-state on Highway 70 as a young boy. Obviously, I'm somewhat biased by nostalgia and tradition by I just cannot imagine seemingly bad or indifferent service from the Barn.

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          Bluemold RE: Guilty Gourmand Mar 24, 2010 06:48 PM

          I always suggest to anyone who experiences disappointing restaurant food or service to quietly, politely, and succinctly alert management as soon as possible and preferably on the spot. Quality establishments want to know your grievance because repeat business is a key to success and survival.

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            jonfrank604 RE: Bluemold Mar 25, 2010 06:11 AM

            I just don't feel it's my responsibilty to make them better. I don't mean to be rude, but I get uncomfortable in those situations and the burden should not lie on me. Besides, it isn't that something was necessarily wrong, I just didn't think it was great...What are they going to say...It would be strange for everyone....

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            fussycouple RE: Guilty Gourmand Mar 25, 2010 04:59 AM

            I'm with Guilty Gourmand. I've never had anything less than excellent service at the Barn. All the little extras are always on point, like the crackers and cheese.

            I love the steaks, they're not over-seasoned, and taste like beef. The pork ribs are appropriately famous. North Carolinians aren't known for beef ribs anyway, I'm not even sure why they're on menu, unless it is for the same reason salmon is on the menu.

            The chess pie is quite good. The desserts are nearly identical to homemade stuff I've eaten locally over the years, not always the most refined, but hearty.

            The only thing that has gone downhill at the Angus Barn over the years has been the clientele: it used to be only nicely dressed people (men in suits, women in dresses) with their best manners on, and now you can actually see people in shorts and sneakers and a distinct lack of gentility.

            Angus Barn Restaurant
            9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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              cackalackie RE: fussycouple Mar 25, 2010 07:53 PM

              I will never forget the first time I went. It was my parents' 15th anniversary - so I would have been about 9 (the 70's). We all had on our best suits and dresses. My mom and I actually had corsages. It was a special occasion!

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              ncyankee101 RE: Guilty Gourmand Apr 19, 2010 11:00 PM

              My trip to the AB was a while ago, maybe 2000 - and to be honest I don't really remember that much about it, good or bad - but I guess that's the problem, I have had much more memorable experiences at places which were much less hyped - Peddler, Parkside at the RTP Marriott, the Rathskeller in Raleigh (which was very bad on a second visit), even Homestead in Timberlake. Heck I even fondly remember a meal I had at an historic restaurant in Skaneateles NY back in 1995, but when I think of the AB I remember having an average steak at what seemed like an upscale Cracker Barrel.

              maybe we didn't get the red carpet treatment because we weren't dressed with enough gentility? I would have felt a little overdressed wearing a suit to a place with plaid tablecloths, but I don't think I dressed like a bum, definitely no sneakers LOL.

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            mikeh RE: jonfrank604 Mar 25, 2010 03:13 PM

            I went my first two years living in North Carolina not going to the Angus Barn because of threads like this one, plus frankly the arrogance of not wanting to associate myself as a "foodie" with people who go to Angus Barn thinking it's the end-all, be-all of fine dining. Well I finally put aside that stuck-up attitude and went there, and lo and behold, found it was one of the best steak experiences I've had in my life! From the salads to cheese/celery/crackers snack plates to the beautifully-seasoned and tender meats to the homemade desserts at the end, it couldn't have been better. And it was that way time and again - consistent. To me, it compares favorably to such steak institutions as Bern's in Tampa, House of Prime Rib in San Francisco, and even Alexander's in Cupertino. The only steak experience I've had better is the $100 wagyu at Alexander's, but that's not really a fair comparison.

            Angus Barn Restaurant
            9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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              Suzy Q RE: mikeh Mar 26, 2010 07:05 PM

              I was going to craft a reply, mikeh, but then realized I couldn't make my point any better than you've articulated yours. So I'll just go with the completely unoriginal "+1" on your comment. :-) I'll also add that I do find AB to be *way* superior to Bern's - better service and a less pretentious atmosphere.

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                BustedFlush RE: mikeh Apr 1, 2010 04:55 AM

                I agree completely. Angus Barn is a gem.

                The last time I went was on my birthday, my parents came in from Columbus, OH and took me out. Our meal was fabulous, they treated my 4 year old daughter like a princess, (including taking her to the kitchen to make her own ice cream sunday) and after our meal we did the whole tour. Our waitress did double duty as our tour guide, and revealed that she was a 'newbie'. You see she'd only been there for three years. (!)

                I love the place.

                Angus Barn Restaurant
                9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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                LBD RE: jonfrank604 Apr 21, 2010 06:39 PM

                I have not been in years. I remember really liking the cheese and crackers a lot but that's about it. Not that anything I ever had was bad but I've always felt that cooking a really good steak at home is really easy and none of the sides are difficult to obtain or make either. I usually reserve that kind of money for things I can't get and/or make. I'm kind of with the OP in that yeah it's good but is it really THAT good?

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