Late last month, after a long period of anticipation and a series of previews, The Lawrence opened to the public and immediately became a great new draw in Midtown's dining scene. Opened by the founder of underground supper club Dinner Party Atlanta Patrick LaBouff and chefs George Brooks (formerly of Rathbun) and The Sound Table's Shane Devereux, the restaurant serves innovative American cuisine and has been attracting raves galore from early diners. Try as we might to find some detractors, this is a good news/good news scenario. Check out the early reviews ahead.
The Stellar News: All of the reviews on Yelp so far are raves, including this one: "The duck ear was amazeballs, best sea bass Ive had in a while, and the carnitas are delish. I have actually been every Saturday night three weeks in a row!!! Prices are friendly, the staff are great and you just don't get any cooler than owner Patrick. EAT AT THE LAWRENCE!" [Yelp]
The Great News: Here, another Yelp rave: "the stuff that comes out of this kitchen is damn good. And they have a gorgeous open kitchen for spying purposes. I've sampled several dishes so far, but the uncontested winner is the pork cheeks with spaetzle. The pork cheek was so far and away better than any pork I have ever eaten that I question whether I've been eating pork these many years. Spaetzle was just a bit crispy fried, a touch of kale to further complicate the textures. I literally shovelled it into my mouth, which was... not wholly attractive." [Yelp]
The Rave: Per Jezebel's Jonathan Baker: "The Lawrence captures the art of constant discovery, executed by a mischievously brilliant cast, who are all there for the right reasons. It’s not a supper club—Dinner Party will continue to operate as per usual—but it is a restaurant that is built on the unique dining experience, and the ever-present element of cool. Atlanta is lucky to have it." [Jezebel]
The Hot Young Vibe: Access Atlanta's Bob Townsend doesn't really say whether or not he digs the place but he offers a peek at the scene: "One recent Saturday evening, a youngish dinner crowd slowly gathered, shifting from the bar to tables along the windows, until the candlelit dining room was nearly full. Clinking glasses and the drone of conversation mixed with the sounds of rock music and chefs barking out orders." [AA]
More Good News: Foursquare users are leaving only positive tips, including "You must try the pig ears...it may not sound appealing, but the taste will blow your mind. Btw...it's deep fried, so no need to worry about texture." And: "The Potted Shrimp is amazing! Fish sticks are a must have as well! The Poussin is my fav Large dish! EVERYTHING on the menu is delicious!" And: "The rice porridge. AMAZING. Trust us." [Foursquare]
More Good News: Gay mag Fenuxe recommends The Lawrence among a slew of new openings: "Buzz built up for months prior to the opening of this new restaurant, and so far The Lawrence has yet to disappoint...With Devereux and Brooks running the kitchen, the menu offers unique dishes geared toward sophisticated foodies. Their divine offerings include duck tongue carnitas, wild striped bass and heritage pork cheeks, while the potted shrimp is worthy of worship." [Fenuxe]
The Twitterverse: Tweets @calibere: "I'm at the Lawrence-amazing reception wine dinner! Make sure you go-great Atlanta Restaurant in Midtown." [Twitter]