Monday, July 7, 2014

Morgantown Edition: The Mason Jar Tavern & Grill

Mason JarThe Mason Jar has been doing a bit of advertising lately, boasting its food and whatnot. That made me question writing it off as a typical bar, so I convinced two coworkers to make the hike to Granville for lunch.

It's on Dents Run Road, which is near the mall, but technically over in Granville. That area confuses me. There's a good bit of parking, and the outside is a bit questionable looking. Dark tinted windows and advertisements for it being a hot spot. Bypassing that, we walked to the right and into a small bar area.

The first thing I noticed was the stale cigarette smell. You know what I'm talking about - a good bit of bars in Morgantown have this, from the recent smoking ban put in place. It was kind of overwhelming at first, but after a moment, I got used to it.

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It was clear that while they advertise their food, they are still primarily a bar. We walked in and sat awkwardly for a moment before menus were brought to us. The waitress seemed a little clueless and uncomfortable, which made me uncomfortable in my choice going there. A guy took over eventually and was way more personable and knew what he was talking about, so I was thankful for that. They have a bigger menu than what I was expecting, but still average bar stuff - wings, chicken tenders, some burgers, etc. I wanted to go with something safe: chicken tenders.

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The table was a little sticky, they had a list of shots named after sexual innuendos, and I could see beer cases taped to the wall in the kitchen. Chicken fingers it is. And some hot pepper cheeseballs.

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Hot pepper cheeseballs are my fav. fried food probably. Crispy and fried on the outside, gooey and a little spicy on the inside. These were OK. A fairly small portion for the price, but OK.

Mason JarThe chicken tenders were fine. Nothing you couldn't get out of the frozen section of Kroger. Fries were OK, too. Nothing great, but nothing really bad either. Just very average. With maybe a slightly less than average environment.

If you're in the area and don't have many options or are a fan of the bar, then yes. But if you're going for the food, look elsewhere.

Grade: C
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