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Taco Mac (Suwanee)
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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 280
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3443 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd
phone: (678) 730-0941
(Place added by: Jason on 01-17-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 4
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ah, Suwano Mac. All Taco Mac locations essentially boil down to: booths, bar, ONE THOUSAND televisions.
The food is pretty tasty, plentiful, and reasonably priced for bar grub. Typically, I go for their Turkey and Swiss Panini or Havana Cuban (until discontinued) or Smothered Kettle Chips (until discontinued). Okay, so, I guess it's just the Turkey and Swiss Panini for me!
The service, as is true for any bar, ranges from adequate to proficient. This is another reason for sitting at the bar, as it expedites the bar-getting process, plus the bar staff is usually a bit more knowledgeable, beerwise, as they spend their shifts stationed right next to the taps and coolers. I find their draft prices to be wholly acceptable and cannot remember a single time I balked at the bill, though their prices on large-sized, imported bottled beer can be a bit high and knee-buckling (particularly with the shape of the economy). Now, I'd wager their bread and butter is the sale of macros, the Budmilloors stuff, and in catering to that particular crowd they serve their beers in extremely frozen glasses, so be sure to ask the staff for a non-chilled glass.
The parking situation for this particular location is acceptable, as it's a stand alone building with it's own parking lot wrapped around the joint.
Overall, it doesn't display the grace, finesse, and the rich experience that a trip to the Brick Store Pub can provide, but, for those of us facing long drives to Decatur, a Taco Mac, with their many locations, will do in a pinch.
This particular unit, regrettably, only has 50 beers available on-tap. According to the bartender, they're limited due to some silly city ordinance. I cannot verify the veracity of that statement, but that certainly sounds like Bible Belt rules to me! So, with one beer-hand tied behind their back, the selection is somewhat bleak. Though, at the time of my visit, they had Victory Yakima IPA, Victory Wild Devil, Terrapin Dark Side, Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, so, at least they're not simply sticking to only Budmilloors fare. However, the Buford location is only one exit further and sports 100 beers on draught (plus the beer engine), if you're in need of a few more choices.
01-19-2010 16:54:06 |
More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
For the area, this is one of the best go-to spots for a wide beer selection. They really do their best to provide you with the widest, deepest beer selection possible. I was really surprised how good it was.
The tap selection was fairly solid - about 50 beers total. The bottle selection, however, was insane. We're talking in the hundreds. I don't even know how they keep that many in stock.
Our server seemed to have a reasonable knowledge of beer. Some of the other people in our group asked about a couple beers, and he at least knew enough to give them a decent approximation of what they should expect. They're also quite happy to provide you free samples of any beer on tap.
However, our server was a bit of a disappointment when it came to the actual service. A friend and I both ordered glasses of 90 Minute from the tap. The beer got to us and it only took one whiff for me to realize this couldn't possibly me a 90 Minute. After taking a taste and looking at the beer list again, I quickly figured out we'd actually been served Punkin' Ale. I called the server over and told him. He checked with the bartender and, to their credit, admitted that the poured the wrong beer. He brought over a free glass of 90 Minute (apparently that was the last glass of the tap) for the two of us to split, but my friend gave it to me since he was content with his Punkin' Ale. That was pretty cool - got a Punkin' Ale and a 90 Minute for $5.50 total. I don't fault the server for that, since there's no way for him to know the bartender poured the wrong brew (they're fairly similar in color - however, it's a bit surprising the bartender would screw up like that.
Unfortunately, that wasn't where our issues ended. My wife and I ordered a basket of six hot wings & fries. A little while later, everyone else in our group got their food...except my wife and I. I asked the waiter if our wings were on the way, but he acted totally lost and didn't remember us ordering it at all. Never even apologized. That ticked me off. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and figured he was having an off night, and I was apperciative of the free 90 minute, so I threw him a pretty good tip in the end anyway (we ended up deciding to just forego the wings). However, if I get this guy again, he's on a shortleash - another screw up and I'm gonna become a real tightwad with the tip.
Anyway, the beer selection impressed the hell out of me, the atmosphere was family friendly, but the service was lacking on this visit. I'll try it again, but I'm expecting better service next time.
10-13-2009 18:08:35 |
More by Mavajo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
When they built this place back a few years ago they had planned on 100 beers on tap but found out there was a city ordinance that only allowed 50 beers (WTF?) poor guys. They are trying to make up for that with an expanded bottle collection.
The bartenders are very knowledgeble about beer, most have been working there 1+ years and know and love beer. The staff on the floor are mostly younger and being under 21 makes it hard to really do any beer studies, damn laws.
The food is just about like any of the corporate T-Macs and the wings are some of the best in the city IMHO. They have added several new items in the last year or two that deviate from the standard sports bar food, namely the Canal Street Talapia and the Cajin Chicken and Shrimp Penne. I recommend them both.
07-15-2009 15:28:50 |
More by ImusBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a recent business trip to the area. Waiter was a bit of a space case and was not really knowledgeable. Not an issue if you have some semblance of beer knowledge. The beer menu was well laid out and easy to read. Plenty of stuff in bottles, but the draft selection was ho-hum. Be prepared to pay about $5 a beer. The wings were pretty good (get the hot, as the medium is very mild). I would go here again, no doubt about it. I would probably sit at the bar and see if the bartender knew a bit more about beer. Also think this would be a good place to take the kiddies and get away with having some high quality beers without going to a place that is too "bar-like".
08-23-2008 07:03:49 |
More by twiggamortis420
Taco Mac (Suwanee) in Suwanee, GA
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