Thursday, November 8, 2012

MacGregor Draft House Reliable As Ever

MacGregor Draft House is a longstanding sports bar that has become a reliable outpost for finding quality grub in a comfortable setting.

Although I work in the nearby MacGregor business park, it had been a several months since I had visited prior to my dinner outing last week. I will confess that I almost had a panic attack when I couldn’t find the signature fried pickle chips on the menu. Thankfully, the waitress alleviated my fears by saying that it was an oversight on a recent reprinting of the menu. From where I sit, it’s a mind-boggling omission, but all was forgiven when my half-order of perfectly golden-fried goodness showed up just minutes after I ordered.

It seems the burger offerings have changed as well, as the menu essentially now offers a build-your-own concept. The base price for a burger is $7.29, but additional toppings cost anywhere from 29 cents for Heinz 57 to $3.99 for fried shrimp.  I don’t know how you feel about it, but it seems almost unpatriotic to pay extra for Heinz 57 or A1 sauce. What happened to the days of just asking for the bottle and dousing on as much as you want?  

Let me just help you cut through all the overwhelming options and recommend the black and blue burger. Just ask the server to have the cook melt some blue cheese crumbles (69 cents extra) on your patty, and you’re good to go. The burgers are ample size, and the fries are a cut above what you’ll find at most places of similar ilk.

Service at the restaurant is generally dependable, although my glass of diet soda did stay empty a bit too long on one occasion. On the positive side, MacGregor has plenty of TVs for watching sports, and whether you sit at a table, a booth or at the bar, you’re ensured a relaxing experience.

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