The Abbey

by agirlandhermutt on June 14, 2011

On Monday I got a chance to catch up with my friend, Megan, to do a little life catching up. She took a mini vacation out to San Francisco just a week after I went so we had plenty to talk about. We got to compare notes and see if we cross sight-seeing adventures on our respective trips.

For this outing I picked  The Abbey in Washington Sq. right in Brookline.This space had a previous restaurant in it that I had visited a few times. When I heard a new place was opening there I was excited to see what had taken its place, especially since Washington Sq. used to be my old stomping grounds. WOOT!

I always check Yelp or UrbanSpoon for reviews when trying a new place to see how people measure the joint up. I was a little nervous after reading the reviews, but figured that the positives made it sound lovely enough to give it a try.

As I waited for Megan I browsed the menu and ordered up a pint of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. The 60 minute part of the name comes from the fact that the IPA is “continuously hopped – more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil”. This beer has some great citrus and pine aromas and flavors. I loved how it was bitter at the start and then had a bit of bitterness at the end. The bitterness didn’t stick around longer than it was wanted and provided a great start to finish beer. I never really was an IPA drinker but I think I’ve now discovered that I’m not a crappy IPA drinker. Winking smile

When Megan arrived we ordered some Truffle fries with roasted garlic mayo. These were fantastic! Thank goodness Megan was there or I would have sucked this whole plate down on my own. True story.

Megan went the appetizer route and ordered 2 for her meal. I love doing the app thing or ordering a few sides. Variety is the spice of life!

First up was the prosciutto wrapped grilled asparagus, soft boiled egg, truffle vinaigrette. Look at that presentation!

Next up was the scallop and ricotta dumplings. I was seriously jealous of these babies. They looked so yummy, moist and delish.

I was going back and forth on a few of the things on the menu but decided on the special of the night, a shrimp po’boy. I subbed some shredded brussels sprouts for the fries.

The shrimp was good, but it was a bit too much bread for what was on the bun for me. I think I’m used to a more traditional po’boy.  I ended up just eating one side of the bun and made sure to get a bit of shrimp, coleslaw, and pickle in each bite. Quite tasty! The shredded brussels are getting made at my house any day now. Mmmm….

For a Monday night it was pretty crowded. Its been busy out and about due to the Stanley Cup finals, but this place doesn’t even have a TV. That is when you know it is a hit in the neighborhood!

 

The Abbey seems to fit right into the Washington Sq neighborhood. Its small, cozy, candle lit, and has a bit of an upscale pup to it. Although there are already some great places in the neighborhood to have almost any beer you can think of (The Publick House & American Craft), there is still a pretty good selection here. The wines are reasonably priced and they have a great cocktail menu too. Maybe my next trend will be mixed drinks?!

I hear that it can get quite crowded on weekends and I can’t say I’m surprised. If you are brave enough you can grab two of the stools directly next to the kitchen. Larger groups can still be seated in one of the more secluded tables. I can totally see my book club crammed up in this table!

Lately I’ve really been trying to stay home for dinner to say a little $$$ and a few calories. Excess of both are appreciated in the AGAHM household. However, I love evenings out with my friends and when a new place is involved…even better! I’d love to try a restaurant in Boston for every letter of the alphabet. Someone has to have done that before, right?!

I hope you guys are having a great Wednesday! The weather is killer in Boston and I would do anything for a window in my office today.

Do you like to try new restaurants or just stick with what you know?

I absolutely love new places, but I can’t seem to branch out every time I go out. I’m a creature of habits. Especially when it comes to sushi. Go with what ya know…ya know?!

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Michelle June 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

What a cute place! I do a little bit of both… I love trying new places but definitely have few that are really comforatble for me! Sometimes I have to really make an effort at those to not always order the same thing… when I find something I like, I like to stick with it!

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agirlandhermutt June 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’m the same way. I love to stick with what I know, especially when I know I really like it. Veggie burgers are one of those items that I love to try everywhere!

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Dorry June 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Shredded brussels sound delicious! I love trying new places, but I always scope out the menu beforehand, and I also really love going back to old neighborhood favorites when I’m craving something familiar. It’s nice to know what to expect!

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agirlandhermutt June 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I am a menu scoper too!

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