It was a late Saturday afternoon and I was in the mood for something very local. That’s a tough order when you’re in Lawrenceville, Georgia. My sense of direction pulled me away from the strip malls that line the boulevards such as Hurricane Shoals. The rule of thumb in most Georgia communities is to head to the town square where the authentic folk hang out. In Lawrenceville, look no further than McCray’s Tavern on the Square. Located on Lawrenceville’s North Perry Street, McCray’s indeed makes you feel like, “everybody knows your name” even if the down-to-earth staff never saw you in their lives.
Apparently on this Saturday night, me, my wife and daughter -- seemed to beat the rush. Our waitress hustled us to a booth near the front of the eatery and we were promptly handed menus to examine. My appetite was escalating as I read the menu: Fish and Chips, Shrimp and Grits, Applewood Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Ribeye, Linguine Marinara and Chicken Parmigiana. My wife was interested in the sandwich selection which includes some interesting bites such as, Pecan Crusted Tilapia Sandwich and Buffalo Chicken Panini.
When all was said and done, I opted for Carmine’s Rigatoni Vodka Sauce. This is McCray’s take on an Italian favorite of mine which is composed of the pasta mixed with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, vodka and marinara sauce. My wife went for the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich which is a grilled breast topped with roasted pepper, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. The bar classic went to my daughter: a cheeseburger of course.
Aside for the excellent cuisine, McCray’s has a great hometown atmosphere that makes guests feel welcome.
McCray’s on the Square