Angus Barn – Raleigh, NC
Angus Barn is a staple in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is in a large, elegant barn with both indoor and outdoor seating. Angus Barn is known for their steaks, fun environment, and their chocolate chess pie!
To start, our server brought out a plate of olives, cherry peppers, pickles, and celery. Alongside this were crackers and cheese spreads- one blue cheese and one sharp cheddar. (Before COVID-19, they had a large self-serve bar for this, but they’ve since changed.) The cherry peppers were my favorite, but the majority of the platter was pretty basic- plain pickles, olives, celery, etc. However, the crispy crackers with the blue cheese spread (which wasn’t incredibly harsh, just a touch blue-cheesy) and a bite of cherry pepper was pretty tasty.
The next dish I tried was a wedge salad with a fantastic blue cheese dressing, candied pecans, and eggs. The blue cheese dressing was one of the best I’ve had- creamy, tangy, and pungent. The candied pecans added a nice crunchy sweetness that paired nicely with the rest of the dish. The waitress continually warned me not to fill up on the salad, as “the best part was about to come.”
For my entree, I ordered the infamous bone-in ribeye. When I saw that this monster filled the entire plate, I realized why the server kept reminding me not to fill up too much on the salad. The ribeye was cooked perfectly (medium rare), seasoned well, and had a very nice char on it from the grill. While I don’t have any complaints about the steak, I have definitely had steaks that were just as good, if not better, than this one. The creamed spinach was prepared well- creamy with a good consistency. I especially enjoyed the bread crumbs on top to contrast the texture of the cream.
Now…this may be what the server was referring to when she said the best part was coming. The chocolate chess pie is like a fudgy brownie in a pie shell…I mean, what’s not to like about that? The pie crust was very thin and hardly noticeable, but the filling was rich, creamy, and packed with chocolaty goodness. The cold, creamy vanilla ice cream slowly melting on top took it to the next level. This was, by far, the best dish of the meal!
I have zero complaints about Angus Barn and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, but I do have to say that I’ve had steaks that are just as good, and some better, than the bone-in ribeye I tried here. I really liked the wedge salad with the great blue cheese dressing and candied pecans. The star of the show, though, was that rich and decadent chocolate chess pie topped with ice cream. I could eat an entire pie by myself! Overall, I would recommend trying Angus Barn if you are in the Raleigh area, but there are also a lot of other great restaurants you should try while there, too!