The 4 stars are mostly for the beer. I used to love this place and would have given it 5 stars a few months ago. The beer is still great, but the food and atmosphere have certainly changed.
The Abby had become our favorite late Sunday afternoon spot for an early dinner. We've been going fairly regularly since winter, when we first discovered it. It was love at first bite, and sip, literally. The beer was awesome, something for every palate. The winter menu was delicious and very reasonable. The specials were also interesting and delicious. They would offer grits that were better than anything I found in Nashville; now that's saying something! The service staff, efficient and knowledgeable and depending on who you got, lots of fun.
Fast forward to late Spring and I'm not sure what's changed. The beer is still awesome, but the menu is terrible. Aside from pizza, I struggle to find something to order. It's an odd mix of winter food (wiener schnitzel on a summer menu?) and other disjointed choices. The specials are usually a little overpriced for the size, $14 for two tiny chorizo taco's with beans and rice? They should have been $10, and that's pushing it. The service seems much slower and uninterested. One should never, ever have to wait almost 20 minutes for a beer in a beerhall, much less hunt down the server for a refill. Our server was new and seemed more interested in the computer system than actually waiting on her tables. No one on the staff seemed happy, such a change, and a sad one at that. I'm not sure we will frequent as often as we have been. We may go more for the beer and less for the food.
It's sad when a great place takes a downturn. A beerhall should be a loud, crazy, fun place to be. It's gone on autopilot and frankly isn't that much fun anymore.
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