|The News & Observer,
February 2006, By Greg Cox|
If you're of a
certain age, a visit to Abbey Road -- whose walls are
plastered with posters and album covers from the '60s and
'70s -- is sure to trigger memories of youth, when the hardest
decision you had to make was whether to declare your allegiance
to the 60's or 70's. In a way, you'll be faced with a
similar choice -- between Abbey Road's burger and its onion
The burger is
heartthrob of the masses. Abbey Road's burger is a multiple
winner of popularity contests, including "best burger in Cary"
and "best burger in the Triangle" awards. Featuring a whopping
10 ounces of grilled-to-order Angus beef -- so big it requires
a bun specially baked for it by Roma's Italian Bakery in Cary
-- it gets my vote, too.
But all those awards are ample evidence that Abbey Road's
burger has achieved the fame it deserves and needs no help
from me. It's the onion rings, that I mean to praise. The onions
are cut fresh daily -- by hand, not
by machine, which explains why they're sometimes a
little thicker, sometimes a little thinner. Regardless of thickness, they're
fried in a beer batter that, unlike most,
doesn't overwhelm their earthy sweetness with doughy clumps. Instead, owner
Will Dyson's "secret recipe" batter is light and golden, encasing each
ring with a crisp ragged texture. The onion rings are a
bargain at $2.49, but they're an absolute steal when they come
free with a $6.99 burger.
|The News & Observer, July 2006, By
imagine what a bar in Cary looks like, Abbey Road probably
doesn't fit the highfalutin bill.
From the outside, it resembles the gas station it
once was, with a brightly lit, covered parking area where gas
pumps once stood. And on the inside it has the comfortable
feel of a neighbor's rec room, with dartboards and
regular Joes swapping stories over cold beers.
a Cary neighborhood place, and this is an older Cary
neighborhood," says Will Dyson, owner. "We're more of what
Cary was 25 years ago."
And that's one reason Abbey
Road is the latest stop on our summer search for the
Triangle's coolest suburb pubs.
On Chatham Street near
downtown Cary, Abbey Road draws a mostly neighborhood crowd
that includes families having dinner and young, punk
rocker-looking types. Everyone seems to know one
"Someone comes up to the bar and I could tell
you their first and last name, where they're from, all of
that," Dyson says. "That's the kind of place this
It's also the kind of place people go to when they
are tired of the bustle of scenes like Glenwood
"I like going to a place like this. It's more
relaxing, you're not looking for a party or to hook up with a
girl, you just come here to have a beer with your friends,"
says Travis Umphlette, 21, who works at a popular bar on
The burgers are another reason
Abbey Road is so popular with the local crowd. Voted
Best Burger in the Triangle by Citysearch in 2005, the burgers are
freshly made from Angus beef and come in
In the next couple of months, Abbey Road is
expanding. It will take over the vacant space next door and
build a larger, smoke-free dining room to accommodate more
families for dinner.
"The idea is to have the family
have some peace and quiet in a smoke-free environment and
loosen up the bar a little bit," says Dyson.
think that expansion is going to change Abbey Road. Unlike
some of the other sprawl in Cary, Abbey Road's growth isn't
likely to change what patrons love about the bar: the laid
back atmosphere and good food.
"Maybe you've had a bad
day," says Umphlette. "You come to Abbey Road, and you can
have a burger and a beer."
|Associated Content, April 2009|
Grill is the place to enjoy that irresistible retro charm and
at the same time a "mammoth burger" or other scrumptious menu
There is a splashing
of pop culture everywhere in the dark tavern atmosphere that is
cozy enough to take your sweetheart for a quiet and fun date!
The scene really is fun, with a large mosaic in the restaurant
featuring retro album art and Hollywood stars, all surrounding
the cozy booths to sit in with your sweetheart of friends,
making reason for great conversation! The music playing in the
background is of course rock and roll oldies, and even if you
aren't a fan of the oldies, you will still find plenty of
reasons to enjoy this great dining spot in Cary!
gyros are delicious, and you can get it in either the
traditional lamb or even in chicken, and they come with your
choice of fires, pasta salad, or onion rings. On that same
token, you can also enjoy a delicious Chicken Fajita Pita for
$7.49 (it's a pita stuffed with chicken, sauteed peppers,
onions, cheeses, with sour cream and pico de gallo), or get
one with Steak and Cucumber for $7.49. The Overstuffed
Sandwiches are delicious, like the French Dip, the Hot Ham and
Cheese, the Rib Eye, or even the Buffalo Chicken. Or, try
something fresh off the grill like a NY Strip Steak for
$16.99; the Lemon Pepper Chicken for $10.99; or even the Baby
Back Ribs for $12.99. The Cactus Jack Chicken is also superb
for $11.99 which is Santa Fe chicken smothered with sauteed
onions, red peppers, cheeses, salsa,
|Customer Reviews, 2006-2009|