Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski. American Classic Tavern serves a mash-up of foods, including, bottom left, shrimp and grits, left, Reuben dog, right, St. Louis style ribs and deviled eggs, and, bottom right, Doritos crusted mac-n-cheese.
American Classic Tavern
909 Parkside Walk Lane, Lawrenceville
• Open since: July 2011
• Location: American Classic Tavern is off Parkside Walk Lane at the intersection of Duluth Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at the former Diggers location.
• Catfish Nuggets Crispy fried nuggets of buttermilk-soaked, cornmeal breaded catfish. Served with Cajun tartar sauce and lemon, $8
• Trail Boss Salad Chopped iceberg, romaine and mixed green lettuces, smoked cheddar, chopped barbecue pork, smoked chicken, boiled eggs, house cured bacon, crumbled blue cheese, sweet grape tomatoes, guacamole and ranch dressing, $10
• Texas Dog Topped with charred jalapenos and sautéed onions, $3
• Fried Pickle Burger Melted American cheese, crispy fried pickles and Cajun remoulade, $7
• Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays
• Owners: John Geng and Brian “B.A.” Arlt
• Atmosphere: The restaurant has a fun atmosphere for everyone, including children. It is a non-smoking establishment with a friendly staff and a game room with a pool table, dart board and arcade games.
The walls are covered with sports memorabilia, plus neon lights and signs advertising a variety of beers. The bar sits in the middle of the main room, completely open for guests to sit around, talk shop, and watch of the multitude of sports games on one of the 40 TVs hung throughout the restaurant.
Outside there is a patio with large windows and a beach volleyball court. Both will be open in the fall.
Families tend to dine during lunch or for an early dinner, while the late night crowd stays until last call.
Guests can join Texas Hold ’Em poker on Tuesday night and team trivia on Wednesday night to win house cash.
Young or old, there is something for everyone.
• Menu: This is the main attraction. John Geng wanted to keep the food classic and his executive chef Shawn Meyer helped add a modern twist.
“I took things that I liked as a kid (from Iowa) and put it on the menu,” Geng said. “I love catfish because I ate it every Friday as a staple ... and I loved tater tots as a kid.”
There are 96 menu items including a range of burgers, sandwiches, ribs, pizzas, and even a hot dog menu, all made with locally grown, fresh produce.
The Tavern has a la carte sides — everything from deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn and Spaghetti O’s.
The restaurant has 21 beers on draft, including McSorley’s Irish Black Lager — a beer from New York City with a long, rich history. Order one for $4. It is served in two 8-ounce mugs.
“We definitely go through a lot of them,” Geng said.
• Things you might not know: Geng and Arlt also own Dublin Pub and Grill in Snellville.