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Good Eating at Lady Gregory’s

Lady Gregory's bar. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

I visited Lady Gregory’s during its opening weekend at Midsommarfest. Even with the abbreviated menu they were offering, I was immediately impressed. I vowed to return again soon, not only because the food was delicious but also to make sure that my taste buds hadn’t been clouded by the beers I had already consumed that day.

About two weeks later, I went back to Lady Gregory’s for a second try. Upon walking in, we were warmly greeted by the staff. The restaurant was busy but not packed, so we were seated right away. The atmosphere is very much like your average upscale American pub – nice décor, a lovely (and large) wooden bar and windows which open out towards the streets in the warm weather. The space made a little cozier by a few warm touches, like intimate booths built into the wall and a library nook area in the back.

When we sat down, our server greeted us cheerfully and right away asked if it was our first time there. Since we had only tried the abbreviated menu during Midsommarfest, she offered a few suggestions and explained that their “Amusements” menu was separate from the main menu. This small sampling basically has snack-type fare that is available for order as soon as you’re seated. She suggested the truffled kettle corn which was definitely a good choice and something I’ll be ordering every time I come back.

Lady Gregory’s has a wonderful selection of craft beers, including plenty of local options. On top of that, the menu has a lot of comfort food fare (chicken pot pie, grilled cheese, etc.) along with a few more upscale options, which will likely attract a diverse crowd. I had the mac and cheese, which was creamy, smooth and rich, and is likely even more delicious if you upgrade to their lobster mac and cheese. My fellow diner praised their shepherd’s pie, which is made with Guinness for a boost of flavor. Meanwhile, our server was pleasant and attentive and the bill came in just under $50 for two craft beers, the popcorn starter and two entrees.

Thanks to the laid-back, friendly atmosphere, impressive beer options, delicious grub and reasonable prices, Lady Gregory’s is quickly becoming one of my Andersonville favorites.


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