Monday, November 23, 2009

Armsby Abby

When erin and I lived in NYC we use to love to go to Brunch on the weekends. It was so nice to sit at an outdoor place, or inside in a cozy pub and have unlimited mimosas and breakfast food at 1pm!
Since we've moved we haven't gone out to brunch. However our friend recently recommended a place in Worcester, Armsby Abbey. She mentioned that all of their food was local and their beer selection was impressive to say the least!
It certainly exceeded our expectations.

To start they have a free parking lot and inside of the restaurant reminded us alot of places in brooklyn and NY that we loved! Upon arriving we were greeted warmly at the door and given our choice of a window seat (they had cushions and everything!) or a high bar table. We opted for the bar table and took our seats. The beer list was massive so we started with cocktails.
Erin got the Cabin Fever which consist of: Vermont Spirits Maple & Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodkas, Mathilde Poire Liqueur and Cabin Fever Maple Liqueur served straight up with a Cinnamon stick garnish. She actually got a Pear instead of a cinnamon stick.
I chose The French Kiss: St. German Liquour, prosseco, fresh lemon juice.
They were both amazing!

Then on to the food. After alot of hemming and hawing (I really wanted to just get cheese and bread ;). Erin ordered the breakfast calzone, Housemade Corned Beef Hash featuring Niman Ranch Corned Beef (Alameda, CA), Red Peppers, Sweet Empire Onions, Red Potato, Vermont Cheddar and Local Eggs from Gibson’s Dairy Farm (Worcester, MA) served with a side of our Homemade Hollandaise Sauce. I got the veggie quiche: Roasted Pumpkin & Sautéed Leeks, Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA), fresh Basil and Local Eggs from Gibson’s Dairy Farm (Worcester, MA) served with a side of dressed farm greens from Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA).

As you can see the ingredients are from local farms and they also pair each food item with a beer!
After our cocktails we each ordered a beer too. I went for the BBC Raspberry and erin got the Dogfish Pale Ale.

Everything was SOOOOOO good!
Their menu changes every week and we have plans to return for pre-dinner drinks before erin's birthday.
They made regulars out of us for sure!!