By Rebecca French Smith
Tucked into a historic 1880s building on Main Street in Hannibal, The Abby Rose is an unexpected find for lunch. The white tablecloths let you know that you’re in for something sophisticated, but the food is as comfortable and exquisite as it gets. Try the Quiche Florentine, if it’s the quiche of the day; it will melt in your mouth, a result of the touch of chef and owner Pam Rivera. Pam’s touch also takes classic chicken salad to the next level in Cathy’s Favorite, with a perfect combination of cranberries, pecans, and fresh rosemary to update the recipe. Although we were there for lunch, dishes like Chicken Ballentine, a butterflied chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and freshly sautéed spinach in a cream sauce, then wrapped in bacon, and grilled rib-eye topped with brandy cream sauce beckoned us to see if they meet the same mark that the lunch items do. We’ll definitely make a return trip. Lunch will cost about $12 a person, while dinner for two might be around $50.