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Local No. 7 Opens on Main Street

The restaurant features burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, and is home to Main Street's only full bar.

The Local No. 7 opened in downtown Tucker on Thursday. The much-anticipated restaurant, located at the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue, features a variety of sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees after 4 p.m. Desserts are provided by Southern Sweets bakery, and the restaurant features a full bar including seven beer taps, a variety of bottled beer, wine, and cocktails.

Burger selections include "Burgers We've Built" including the John Henry, which is made up of seven patties and seven slices of cheese, topped with bacon and a fried egg. Priced at $20, the menu heckles "Finish and you're on our wall of fame...Don't and it's the wall of shaaaaaame!!!" 

Other burgers are sized and priced a little more reasonably (half pound angus beef patties, chicken, or black bean burgers, all between $7.50 and $9.50 depending on toppings). The sandwiches include both hot and cold varieties ranging from $7 to $9. All burgers and sandwiches are served with fries or tots.

The entrees, available after 4 p.m., include roasted chicken, fish and chips, pulled pork, and steak frites (flatiron steak with fries and side salad). 

A kids menu is also available. Children have the choice of five entrees (slider, hot dog, corn dog, chicken fingers, and macaroni and cheese), each priced at $5.

When I went into the restaurant today, I was intending to snap a few photos, check out the menu, and report back, but not necessarily review. They've only been open for a day and a half, so it hardly seems fair to critique them just yet. But, I have to say I was quite impressed.  I ended up eating with four other Patch writers and editors, so we tried quite a variety of food.

The tot stack was a glorious mess of an appetizer with tater tots topped with Brunswick stew and cheddar cheese. Normally not my style at all, but I couldn't stop eating it. For entrees, we tried several different sandwiches including the BLT&A, the California, and the Garden Sandwich. Again, not much talking other than "this is really good," and "here, try a bite." The fries, which both our server and James Maggard, the owner, mentioned as being hand-cut and double fried, were perfect. 

I arrived just after opening at 11 a.m., hoping to chat with the staff and take a few pictures before it got too crowded. Good decision on my part, as the restaurant was packed with Tucker locals by noon. As one patron, Katherine Obarowski, said, "It was yummy. I ran into everybody and his brother there. I love that Tucker small-town feel!"

The staff, too, were talking about the vibe of the Tucker community and how excited they were to be there. As one other patron mentioned, "It's a great fit. It doesn't even feel new. It's just comfortable, like it's always been here." 

The Local No. 7 is owned by the same that brought the Matador Cantina to Oakhurst and Glenwood Park. A seasoned and successful professional, he was very present in the dining room during the lunch shift, taking the time to ask for honest feedback from customers. Service got a little backlogged right around noon, but I couldn't complain, as I sat around talking with friends and colleagues for over an hour before ordering my entree, so it was my own fault my order got stuck behind the nine-top. The friendliness and courtesy of the staff more than made up for the few extra minutes we waited for food, and the food was worth waiting for.

There was quite a backlog on Friday night too, and the staff was somewhat taken aback by the sheer number of people waiting to be served. 

And why "The Local No. 7?" Rumor has it the restaurant is named for CSX's seventh railroad stop in Tucker, as well as the original seven churches and seven schools that made up the community and the seven miles it took to reach the next municipalities. Not to mention seven is believed by many to be a lucky number.

In fairness to this brand new restaurant, Patch will conduct a full review following several more visits and after more time has elapsed. The vibe of both the restaurant itself and the people within indicates this may be the place that Tucker has been waiting for.     

Sunshine October 22, 2011 at 02:13 AM
We ate there tonight, Friday, October 21st. They were winding down from their dinner rush. the cocktails were well made. Good bartender. The hamburgers were good too. But the fried pickles were greasy and had bits of fried onions or something or other mixed in that was mostly just balls of greasy breading and the mac n cheese was tasty until you got half way through and it was floating in about 1/8 cup of oil or separated butter (the fat part.) The grilled rueben did not seem grilled. It seemed more like toast with some decent with a decent tasting but skimpy portion of corned beef inside. Never even tasted the sour kraut but saw some in there, just not authentic in any way. The edges of the bread were hard and crunchy... like toast gets, not like properly buttered and grilled bread should be. I want this place to do well but the chef definitely needs to train the cooks better and someone needs to put quality control on the outgoing food since I would be hard pressed to order anything other than a burger or something like salad next time.
Bob Kaufman October 23, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Good food, good service so far, and cheap entertainment compliments of CSX Railroad. What more could one ask for? James M is doing a good job training his staff to provide everything above as well can be expected for a new establishment. In due time, this will prove to be worthwhile. The food is delicious, the service has vastly improved, and the trains keep on comin'. Also, Main street is 99% finished which makes it even more worth while in coming to downtown Tucker.. Good job James !!!!
Shawn November 26, 2011 at 05:45 AM
We went today for a late lunch and a couple of beers after a round of golf. What a cool place! Great food/nice portions. We'll be back!
Kevin Madigan November 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Shawn - Check out a new review of the place tomorrow right here on Patch.
Joy December 06, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Finally got there first week in December. Arrived early on a Sat evening and the joint was jumping soon after (GA vs. LSU helped fill the bar I bet!). My turkey Reuben was awesome with a side of fried pickles. My friend was disappointed in the fried chicken (sorry Chef!) as well as the green beans which she sent back for another side veg. (I tried the beans and they were definitely wrong.) That being said, I enjoyed MY meal in the midst of fellow Tuckerites alot. Will be back soon for a burger, a beer and one of those desserts!

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