Bad Abbot’s

Phantom had a bad feeling when he walked into Bad Abbot’s in Quincy, but he soon realized this Irish pub is a pleasant and affordable destination for a pleasant meal.

Atmosphere(7)

Basic Irish pub setting with a dining room on one side and a lounge on the other. Live music plays on Wednesdays and on weekends. Phantom was treated (or mis-treated) to an 8 minute rendition of “Oh, Danny Boy.”

Menu(7.5)

An interesting, though perhaps not cohesive selection of basics like Fish and Chips and Sirloin Steak, to Irish classics like Shepherd’s Pie and the “all day Irish breakfast.”

Portions(9)

The appetizers were huge; the entrees impossible to finish.

Appetizers(8)

The salmon cakes are the house specialty: three deep-fried, perfectly spiced cakes with a chunky tomato salsa dipping sauce. Extremely hearty French onion soup, lathered in cheese.

Food and Drink(8)

Sauteed Chicken Curry was served in a rich, spicy sauce over rice. This was a unexpected delight, an unusual blend of flavors and textures not found in most Irish pubs. The steak tips were well-prepared, glazed with a “special sauce”, and served on a bed of summer squash and zucchini.

Desserts(7.5)

Cheesecake and Oreo Cookie Pie were totally standard, but the house special Bailey’s Tort was a rich and creamy stand-out.

Service(8)

Phantom server was full of recommendations that paid off. Very quick to refill drinks and bring extra bread.

Cleanliness(8)

Neat, considering the heavy foot-and mouth-traffic.

Parking(7)

Right in the center of Quincy Square, but you still may need to search a bit for the building. Parking in a city lot across the street, free for 2 hours.

Value(9)

With appetizers for only five or six bucks, and entrees average $9, Bad Abbot’s is a Good Deal. Maybe a Great deal.

Total Score: 79

1546 Hancock St.
Quincy
MA
02169

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