This time I decided to stray away from my Knox/Henderson safety zone so I went just a couple miles north off the highway. Actually, I didn’t choose this place. It was my brother’s birthday, so of course we let his wife choose the place. ; ) Anyways, we went Italian this time at Aboca’s Italian Grill at Central and Meadow Road. When you get off the highway, just look for Tom Thumb in a shopping center, and you’ll see Aboca’s a few doors down. Just look for your sign.
When I first got there, I asked what beers they had, and my crew and the waiter quickly informed me that it was BYOB. Initially, I began to calmly yell curse words in my head until they reminded me that Tom Thumb was next door. When I was buying my booze, I actually realized I was saving money because of this BYOB “hiccup.”
I returned shortly and the waiter said he had to get our order right away because they were about to close. Yep. We were “those” people. When we got our food, we ate like wolves so we wouldn’t keep them too much longer. Still, they showed no signs of being terribly upset for coming in at the last minute. Also, the food seemed like they took their time on it. Everything was amazing! I did take a picture of the hours so that none you do what we did.
Alright. We started out with the calamari which was fried perfectly and not greasy. Our dinner salads arrived shortly after. I picked it up and swallowed it whole. For dinner, I had the shrimp pasta aboca that had shrimp, garlic, shallots, mushrooms, capers, and artichokes sauteed in a lemon white wine sauce. Yes, I copied that directly from their menu. My memory isn’t THAT good, and I’m not that good of a writer. Someone else had the beef lasagna. I tasted it and thought it was some of the best lasagna that I’ve ever had. The birthday boy and his other half had the pasta trio that had fettucini, manicotti, and lasagna. They split it. It looked and smelled great. Someone who looked important even came over and asked how everything was rather than being upset at our last minute arrival. Honestly, they were probably pretty happy about the quick in and out business and a big tab. I made sure to tip insanely high to show my appreciation… Plus, I’m a server, and we all always take care of one another. It’s an unwritten code, y’all.
Oh. Other things on the menu that we didn’t try this time? They have a veal menu, seafood menu, and a pizza menu that includes calzone and stromboli. They have more selections, of course, but I’ll just include a menu link down below.
In the end, I left very satisfied, and everyone working was very nice to us. I highly recommend this place. Don’t forget to arrive early and pick up a six pack before you go! 😉