Nestled away in a back lot, wedged between a classic movie theater and a Spanish styled Hotel, the name The Back Abbey is a perfect description of what this place is. The exterior is styled after a small Spanish mission. Fashioned with a roughly 20ft long, raw cut wood bar, cemented table tops, industrial incandescent light fixtures and rusted corrugated ceilings, the interior follows a rustic industrial impression.
During the week it is fairly easy to find a seat within the cozy monastery or it's exterior. The weekend's are a whole different story. Since seating is based on "find a spot where ever you can", It can get kind of frustrating. Usually there is a small line forming outside the patio. It's not uncommon for a vulture (Entitled bastard patrons with no common courtesy) to swoop in and take your seat, leaving you feeling like some snake just took your parking spot. Live through these few moments of pain, the food is worth it ...trust me.
Back in the corner is a tiny kitchen that cranks out some of the most amazing appetizers, burgers, steaks, sandwiches and salads in the world. My recommendations:
Soft Bavarian Pretzel - A soft warm doughy pretzel with sprinkled coarse salt, served with Augustijn beer aioli.
The Back Abbey Burger - A medium rare (don't order it well done) dry aged patty, rested upon a brioche bun topped with mustard aioli, caramelized onions, micro greens (four leaf clovers), aged Gouda and Niman Ranch bacon.
Pomme Frites - Fries fried in duck fat then in canola oil. Comes with 3 dipping sauces: Horseradish chive, Roumelade and the old school favorite, Ketchup.
Beer selections? Of course, the reason why you came to this site. They have a phenomenal list of European beers primarily located in the Beer Belt of Europe (Belgium). The back abbey also offers a few selections from Unibroue. (Canadian Brewery). The majority of their selections are bottled, however, tap lovers do not fret, The Back Abbey offers 25-30 beers on tap.
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