Atlanta Food Critic

McCray’s Tavern, Lawrenceville, GA

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McCray’s is directly on the Square in Lawrenceville and boasts a large roof-top patio and an “old world” pub atmosphere. It was very comfortable when we arrived just after a brief shower and we thought we’d enjoy the view from the patio and some fresh-air dining. Unfortunately, the small, metal chairs were uncomfortable and uninviting so we quickly retreated to the main dining area downstairs.

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We had arrived just before the place got packed so we were able to find a secluded booth where we could critic amongst ourselves. We passed by the appetizers and went straight for the main course.

IMAG0581 I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Panini and Melanie ordered a Ham & Cheese Panini. We both had the homemade chips with the cheese dipping sauce.

My Panini tasted wonderful but I was disappointed by the way the buffalo sauce drenched the bottom half of the bread. 1) IMAG0579 Buffalo sauce should be thick enough to cling to the chicken and 2) it should be applied prior to being placed upon the bread.

Melanie said her ham was tasteless. This is normally attributable to using a cheap variety of ham rather than a thick meaty ham.

Another disappointment was the homemade chips. They were warm yet not hot. At other establishments we’ve enjoyed these at, they are cooked to eat and, in turn, are to die for! At McCray’s they simply accompanied everything else that was lackluster.

The service was excellent to begin with but quickly faltered once the restaurant filled to capacity. We had to wait some time for our drinks to be refreshed (not good when eating something BUFFALOED!). Waiting for our check and then to return post-credit-card-authorization was not pleasant either.

OUR VERDICT: Food was average, service was typical (and not in a good way). Our recommendation is to bypass McCray’s which still leaves us searching for someplace worthwhile to eat in Lawrenceville.

100 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville, GA (770) 407-6754

http://www.mccraystavern.com/lawrenceville/index.html

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