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EATING ESTABLISHMENT The Livery
DINING DATE Friday October 11th
MEAL TIME Lunch
ATTENDEES IN PARTY 1 Adult
TOTAL BILL - $15
Ordered Fish Fry
The Livery has been a part of our area’s food scene going on a decade now, in many ways a culinary/entrepreneurial equivalent to Royal Credit Union. How may you ask? It’s easy to call the areas around the RCU headquarters a success in 2019 but it took not only foresight, but conviction and some luck for visions to truly play out. The Livery, named after the 19th century purpose of the building it’s in, was a rather foreign concept in our community especially downtown in an area that was still a few years from seeing it’s full potential.
Downtown has bars and a few serve up comfort classics that while they may lack complexity are rightfully so popular. The Livery introduced to downtown a more contemporary bar/restaurant concept. A place that feels and operates as a restaurant, even though at its core its likely more of a bar.
When this place first opened, it was the perfect “Townie” bar spot for those who were graduating from Water Street but not quite ready to go full on “dive” bar experience. This spot slings suds, but also has a full kitchen that isn’t reliant on frozen burgers sold for pennies on the pound.
The Hungry Italian treated himself to a solitary Friday lunch. The interior is dimly lit, with televisions flickering with a variety of sports channels to distract if a conversation drags. At the bar, a few business professionals were already starting their weekend while at the tables a combination of people on lunch breaks along with families were dining. Seating at The Livery can be a little uncomfortable with the wood chairs but its part of the overall wood-themed décor.
Service was very efficient with a waitress taking an order almost as soon as the Hungry Italian’s butt met his seat. The menu isn’t extravagant or detailed which isn’t bad. They focus on a few items, namely the classics. The Friday Fish Fry was ordered and was out in mere minutes. Fresh and hot…but not too hot. The French fries were tasty, the cole slaw sweet and tangy and the fish was savory and flaky. They use a beer batter here and while at times the Hungry Italian has found it salty, that wasn’t the case this time as the seasoning was perfect.
It was a delightful Friday lunch at a good value.
The Livery is one of those multi-tasking places. Like that rusted out screwdriver in a kitchen cabinet that is used for everything from prying open a paint can to opening the battery compartment on a toddler’s toy. The Livery can serve many needs depending on what you’re looking for and what you’re interested in. A spot for after-work drinks, a date night or even lunch time with the whole family.
Yes, this is a reliable eating destination. While over the years there hasn't been an absolute best dish they've served, the Hungry Italian has never left feeling as though the value didn't equate to what he has received.
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