Barbyann’s Fine Food & Drink is in the bustling area of Hyannis. However, you may not notice the restaurant. Nearby the airport, there is a myriad of service roads, mall entrances, side roads, and a generally confusing maze of streets and pathways. Even with GPS and a set destination, it took a minute to find the establishment.
The décor of Barbyann’s could be described as “rustic” or “dated”. It depends on your point of view. It has the feel of a den. Is that the worst thing? I don’t believe so. Nothing was falling apart, and everything appeared to be clean, so I can’t complain.
One of the special soups was Corn Chowder ($2.99 cup), so MG just had to have some. She was very glad that she did. After eating, she asked the waitress when it might be on the menu again. Apparently, the chef makes it once a month or so. It was rich and creamy without being too milky. The seasoning was spot-on.
I got the Lobster Bisque ($5.99 cup). It was excellent. One of the best that I’ve ever had, Cape Cod or anywhere else. It was delicious. However, I think they should have called it Lobster Puree.
Take a look at that. Granted, it wasn’t chunks of lobster meat, but every spoonful I had was filled with lobstery goodness. I don’t know if the bisque is like that everyday and all day, but if it is… WOW. If you need some Lobster Bisque, definitely make this the destination.
MG got a Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.99) sans bun, with a side of Onion Rings. She declared the burger respectable, but not special.
The onion rings were a little strange. It was like they dehydrated the onion before breading and cooking. While the texture was great for dipping, I’m not sure it was good alone. The flavor was fair.
I got a Mini Salad to go with my main course. It’s the perfect small green accompaniment to a meal.
My main course was a Fish Sandwich with Eggplant Fries ($12.49 with Mini Salad).
“You don”t like eggplant. Why did you order Eggplant Fries?”
“I had to know.”
“But you don’t like eggplant.”
“Yeah, but I just gotta’ know what eggplant if french fry format tastes like.”
How were they? I’m not really sure. Much like the onion rings, they seemed dehydrated. It was served with a side of Marinara sauce, but I’m not sure that was a good thing. I can’t really say one way or another if they were good. This dish did not turn me into an eggplant aficionado.
The fish sandwich was cod. I would pass on having it again. The crust wasn’t particularly crusty and the fish wasn’t very tasty. The addition of cheese was not good. Cheese and cod? Yeah… pass.
Barbyann’s was a mixed bag. Their soups were spectacular. The main courses elicit a shrug of the shoulders. The waitstaff is very friendly. They answered questions promptly, we’re knowledgeable about the menu and were chatty without being annoying.
Stop in for soup and drinks. Other items? Proceed at your own risk.
Barbyann’s Fine Food & Drink
120 Airport Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601