Atop a hill on the fringe of Research Triangle Park (RTP) in Raleigh, NC, rests a community landmark called The Angus Barn. Home to Iron Chef America’s Walter Royal, The Angus Barn serves up red meat and more … in a rambling red barn.
After seven years of saying that I wanted to eat there, I finally did … twice. Although reservations are advised, especially on weekends, The Angus Barn accepts diners in their Wild Turkey Lounge without a reservation. This is where I dined the first time. It’s a lodge-like area – the loft of the barn – with the same excellent service and the same great food you would get in the fine dining areas of the restaurant.
The occasion for my second visit was my “birthday celebration” back in September. My younger sister made reservations for the dining room, which was a wonderland of twinkle lights and charming country decor.
I could gush about the tender meat and ample portions, but the experience goes beyond food for the belly. As owner Van Eure explains on the establishment’s website, “The Angus Barn Experience goes far beyond serving meals…We are in the memory business – making and creating unforgetable memories for you – our guest.”
She’s not just whistling Dixie. My sister, nephew and I had a great time. Here are just a few reasons why:
Our lovely, professional and attentive waitress took my nephew into the kitchen to build a birthday cake for me.
As we (and our bulging bellies) left the Barn, we were each given a Red Delicious apple for “good luck” throughout the coming week. My nephew was also invited to dig for a treasure in the toy chest. He selected a shiny gold Sheriff’s badge.
Other attractions at The Angus Barn include an extensive collection of old guns, a Country Store containing signature items such as poppy seed dressing and BBQ sauce, as well as tours of the wine cellar.
The grounds surrounding the barn are as delightful as the food, hospitality and attractions within. There’s a wishing well nearby, in addition to a quirky “kicking machine” that guests are encouraged to use at their own risk – for all those times they’ve said “I could just kick myself!”
If you live nearby or are ever in the Raleigh area, head over to The Angus Barn and enjoy some fine fare in a simply elegant, non-pretentious environment. There’s something there for all ages to enjoy and remember.