A few weeks ago, we went checking out some restaurants in the Simsbury area as possible rehearsal dinner sites. For me, I looked at it as a wonderful opportunity to pig out on fantastic food. One of the places was Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar (formerly Pettibone’s) in Simsbury right on Hopmeadow.
The building itself is fantastic: a large old house built in 1780 to serve as the first stop outside of Hartford for stagecoaches on the Boston to Albany Turnpike. It was a place that many historic figures, like Ethan Allen and John Adams stopped at. While the building has been damaged by fire and flood, it still maintains its historic charm, inside and out. Up a narrow staircase, there is a tavern style bar with cozy chairs and some tables on a lopsided floor and low ceilings.
We ate in one of the indoor terraces, surrounded in giant windows — very beautiful, but also a little odd with the HVAC system. Our waitress was friendly, and efficient enough. We started with Roasted Eggplant “Napolitan” and Antipasto Assortment. Both were quite good, although I was partial to the Antipasto since it included caperberries and three different cheeses.
I ordered the Rotisserie Long Island Crescent duck which was huge– half a duck! The braised cabbage was fantastic and the mashed potatoes were perfect comfort food. The duck itself was phenomenal and made for excellent leftovers. (I’m a trooper of an eater, but even I can’t eat apps and half a quacker!) The Fiance’s turf part of the surf-n-turf special was overcooked, and they mixed up what chicken his stepmother ordered. However, they remedied the mix-up in almost record time and The Fiance’s father’s Atlantic Ocean Fra Diavolo was to his liking.
Overall, a better than decent meal with a few hiccups. Two salt shakers because historical charm is pretty darn salty.