I was in charge of entertaining my husband's college-age cousin and his frat boy friends from Texas for the night, so I took them to The Back Abbey. Tons of beer and gastropub-like burgers in Claremont Village on a Thursday night...should be plenty of entertainment for the boys, right? Of course, it was.
The computers were down when we arrived and it was super crowded, but we managed to find a table outside because it was too hot inside for the boys. We ordered a round of beers (and I'm not a beer drinker)...pale ales for them and a famboise (raspberry) for me. The raspberry beer was like juice...which was quite fine for me because I'm just not a fan of beer.
We ordered a full order of the Belgian fries to share...and they were really good. Super crisp and pillowy soft and mashed potato-like center. Served with ketchup, horseradish chive aioli, and a roumelade.
For the burger, I ordered the Back Abbey (Aged Gouda, mustard aioli, caramelized onion, Niman Ranch bacon, and micro greens served on a Brioche bun), as did two of the other guys. One ordered the Backyard (Butter lettuce, red onion, tomato, pickle and 1-year-aged cheddar cheese served on a Brioche bun with a side of red remy). I have to say, the burger was delish! The brioche bun was a light richness to the wonderfully cooked medium rare beef that was seasoned just right. The saltiness and crispness of the lovely bacon added taste and texture, while the micro greens lightly dressed in the mustard aioli gave it some freshness. The caramelized onions gave it a sweet little finish. Probably on my list of top five burgers. The burger came with a small mesclun salad dressed lightly with the mustard aioli.
The boys seemed to enjoy their burgers and beer...and the people...err...girl watching. It's their first trip to the L.A. area, and they started driving at 9AM on Wednesday morning to get here. They were completely full and exhausted after one beer. It was a nice low-key evening to cap off a day of driving, family visiting, and sightseeing for them.
The Back Abbey
128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711