Jake's is not much different in appearance from your typical roadside tavern. A bar with seating all the way around is located between two large rooms -- a dark one for the music and a well-lit one for five pool tables, air hockey and assorted video games. There's live music nearly every night, but the music is not so loud that you can't hang out in the bar area or pool room and socialize. Or sit at one of the booths with your date and people watch. Pints of fancy beer (Sweetwater's 420 and Exodus Porter, Newcastle, Bass) are $3.50, and of course there's Bud. A call brand drink in a plastic cup is mixed satisfyingly strong and will set you back $4.25. Joe and Smack behind the bar will keep it real.
The menu includes the usual bar food ($5.75 for a basic burger with fries, rings or tater tots; $6 for a basket of chicken fingers or BBQ), along with blue-plate specials like meatloaf ($7.50), country-fried steak ($8), or a ribeye steak ($10) served with two sides (mashed potatoes, greens, mac 'n' cheese and the like). Southern hippie food? Right on, y'all. Peace.
Jake's Roadhouse, 2272 Lawrenceville Highway. Open when they want to, close when they have to. 404-633-4111. www.jakesroadhouse.net.