Ok, I searched the Southeast forum and the General South Archive forum and couldn't find a single thread dedicated to the Angus Barn, so I thought I'd start one.
I've lived in the Triangle for 12 years and last night I had my first dining experience at The Angus Barn. I was with a group of people from my workplace and everyone's meals were being paid for by my employer so we were free to order whatever we wanted, regardless of price, so we ended up ordering a wide variety of entrees. I've gotta say, I just don't understand why this place is so popular.
Everyone's entrees were plated very basically. Basic to the point of being downright ugly in most cases, but I guess that's steakhouse presentation for you. I don't eat a lot of red meat, so I went with the tuna steak special that was recommended by our waiter. It was served with a very good spinach salad and very average garlic mashed potatoes. The tuna steak itself was the most bland, unseasoned piece of fish I've possibly ever eaten anywhere.
In addition, the pricing at this place seems completely out of control when you consider the food you're actually getting for the price. The atmosphere is interesting, but I couldn't help but feel like I was eating in a tourist museum dedicated to old-school steakhouses.
This dining experience reminded me that I'm very lucky to live in Durham close to so many wonderful and creative restaurants.