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Angus Barn wine cellar - Raleigh, NC

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Angus Barn Steak House

Location:

9401 Glenwood Avenue, (US Rt 70), Raleigh, NC

Website: http://www.angusbarn.com/
Tel: 919 781-2444
Cuisine: American
Review: 18/20

 

Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
Angus Barn is widely recognized as one of the best steakhouses in America in terms of food, wine, and overall rankings. It clearly is unique and an institution for steak and wine offering a unique dining experience that while spectacular falls short of perfection. Their Wine Spectator Grand Award Wine Cellar features more than 25,000 bottles - one of the largest in the US.
April 11, 2009 -

The atmosphere is unique - housed in an old barn, there are numerous dining rooms ranging from formal, to casual to a bit bizarre - each with its own ambiance... the main dining rooms are a cavernous, a bit crowded, somewhat boisterous, and others are secluded, private, formal, while a few are actual tables located in the bustling organized chaos of the kitchen (s) - the main kitchen and the private kitchen in the private Thad's rooms off the incredible cellar.   
Atmosphere - 3.5/5

Food - Menu is basic American steakhouse with a basic selection of seafood accompaniments. Some token veal and chicken dishes but this is the quintessential steakhouse. Standard fare provides soup, salad, baked potato, sweet potato or vegetable selection du jour. Still there is an extensive selection of sides and salads. Preparation and presentation is fundamentally basic and sound. This is not Chicago or New York! The hospitality and showmanship of promoting and showcasing the dining rooms, kitchen and cellars is proud, folksy and amiable. They graciously offered tours of the kitchens, secluded private dining rooms and cellar.  
Food - 4.0/5

Wine - This is one of the most extensive winelists and wine cellars on the continent - second in the east by their note. The winelist is 89 pages long, featuring 1100 different wines and an inventory of over 25,000 bottles. The offering is extensive although not as broad as one may expect, but there are vertical selections six to twelve vintages deep in a large number of most popular wines. The selections are fundamentally American however there are is a respectable selection from France, Italy, Australia that goes deep on many top rated premier producers - but not extraordinarily wide. American verticals are BV Latour, Heitz, Mondavi Reserve, Insignia, OPUS, shallow verticals of Silver Oak, Diamond Creek and others. French verticals exist for the first growth producers - Latour, Margaux, Mouton, Lafite including top vintages such as 1982 and even 1961 and a 1955 Mouton, as well as DRC, and super seconds Ducru, Las Cases, Pichon Lalande, Lynch Bages, as well as Gruaud Larose to name a few.

There are offerings from many cult wines such as Harlan, Petrus, and Caymus Special Select. There are also many favorites such as Darioush and Lewis. There is also a respectable selection of wine values - more modest priced quality wines such as Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis, Prisoner, and Melka CJ. Lastly, there is a wine flight selection of wines by the glass. Lastly, they graciously offer corkage for a hospitable fee. For any wine aficionado, its the worth the trip and is a memorable experience.  Prices are typical wine list 'retail' of about 2X market price. See Wine Journal Review.
Wine - 5/5.

Service was friendly, extremely personable, professional, courteous and gracious.
Service - 4/5

Overall - Angus Barn is an institution - a shrine to steak and wine - extraordinary, serious and sound in all the fundaments with a long list of unique distinctions from the long family heritage, earnestness about food and wine, vast variety of dining experiences in their various dining rooms and settings. As such it is a unique wine and dine experience that warrants an extra point and a half rating points raising their cumulative rating to 18/20.

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