New Industry Public House Location Up to Par
If you’re in need of a dining option that’s not a national chain while visiting the Robinson area, this is one to keep in mind.
photos by lauren davidson
The past five-to-seven times I’ve gone to Industry Public House in Lawrenceville, I’ve ordered the same thing. (Before I found my go-tos, I tried the “burghers” and wings — both fine choices, especially the Management Burgher with cracked pepper, caramelized onion, wild mushrooms, wild boar bacon and bleu cheese).
But my new ritual is set. I talk whomever I’m with into splitting an order of the Truffled Filament Fries smothered in gorgonzola, and I order the buffalo mac n’ cheese flatbread for my main course: it’s about six pieces of a chewy flatbread topped with buffalo chicken and cheesy Cavatappi pasta. Then I eat 75 percent of the fries because I can’t stop myself and take half of the flatbread home.
The taste is the same in the North Fayette location, which I visited for the first time this month, although I noticed they switched the fries from gorgonzola to bleu cheese. Good, but not quite as good.
My husband ordered the BBQ Pork flatbread, which comes with gouda, pickled onion and stone-ground mustard. He said the gouda and onion complimented the strands of pork, although the dish was a little light on the meat.
The drinks are as worthwhile in North Fayette as they are in Lawrenceville. I had to abstain from most of the good stuff on this visit because I’m expecting a baby, but my husband ordered the Menlo Park cocktail (Aviation Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, flamed Rosemary, absinthe, lime and simple syrup). He described it as refreshing on a hot summer evening and noted the taste of the rosemary stood out, giving it a certain freshness. (My raspberry iced tea was delicious, by the way).
Speaking of children, we took our 2-year-old and ordered a plate of the kids’ chicken fingers and fries for him. It was the size of an adult meal (always a good thing because it means leftovers for mom and dad) and the chicken fingers seemed to be actual breaded chicken, not reheated strips from a box. I dipped his fries into the leftover bleu-cheese sauce from our appetizer and was happy as could be. The noise level on a Friday night during happy hour drowned out the single tantrum we experienced when he asked to try his father’s enticing-looking drink and was refused.
Happy hours are every weekday from 4-6 in North Fayette (4:30-6:30 in Lawrenceville). Flatbreads, filament fries and basic burgers are half off, drafts are $2 off, house wines are $5 a glass and patented cocktails are $7.
I’ve been a fan of the Lawrenceville location since it opened in 2012; there’s usually street parking available (miraculously), the food and drinks are consistent and service isn’t anything to complain about.
So when a second location opened in North Fayette late last year, a bit closer to home for me, I was pretty happy. I like aspects of the new location: It’s much more open (with incredibly high ceilings that accommodate a large upstairs space) and can seat more people (we had no wait getting a table, nor did anyone who came in after us). Even the bar didn’t fill up while we were there, but it was lively.
If you’re in that part of the suburbs (and the wait at Burgatory is too long), it’s nice to have Industry as an option. I’ll be back.