Monday, April 27, 2015
Restaurant Review: Bricktown Brewery
This week on the blog, I'm bringing you some tasty meals I've had out lately. I really haven't been doing much in the way of cooking, besides steaming veggies and cooking rice, so I thought I'd show you what others have been making for me.
Today, I'm reviewing Bricktown Brewery in Fort Smith. We traveled there recently to scan baby pictures at Josh's mom's house. There are not a whole lot of exciting vegan eats in the Fort, besides my beloved Pho Vietnam, so I'm always on the lookout for new places. We got there around noon on Saturday, and our tummies were grumbling. A quick google search popped up Bricktown Brewery, which I hadn't heard of before, and one look at the website and we headed out the door.
There are many of these in Oklahoma, but this is the first one in Arkansas. It's on Garrison in downtown Fort Smith, which is becoming a neat area to hang out. They're building a huge, 50 million dollar US Marshall's Museum in the area, so I bet we'll start seeing more things pop up.
When we got there, we noticed a homebrew club meeting on the back patio. Josh and I used to brew beer a lot when we lived in Fayetteville, so it was cool to see.
We sat down and started looking over the menu. The tables have growlers labeled with the beer menu, which I thought was a neat touch. Josh and I both went for a brown ale.
It was tasty and not overly flavored. I am pretty partial to my local Diamond Bear brown ale, but this one was good. We started looking at the menu, and I knew I could find something, although I wasn't under any allusions that it would be healthy.
We started with a trio of dips. Josh and his mom enjoyed the cheese dip, and I really liked the guac and salsa. The chips were light and crispy and salty.
When I saw that the veggie burger was a black bean patty WITH a portabello on top, I was sold. I got a side of okra, thinking it would be a small dish, and some steamed veggies. When I plate arrived, there was a massive pile of okra to accompany my massive burger.
This lunch was intense. I immediately cut my burger in half to save it. The fried okra was freshly made, not that frozen breaded crap. The steamed veggies were a little limp, but they were still good. The burger was delicious. I added avocado as well.
Needless to say, we were all hurting and rubbing our bellies by the end of lunch, and Josh's mom and I took home leftovers. We didn't eat for the rest of the day, though. This meal was very good, although it was way saltier and heavier than I'm used to, and I was pretty lethargic and uncomfortable afterwards. I suppose it's good to splurge every now and then, though, and this was the place to do it.
I'd like to come back and try one of their salads or a custom made pizza. They have many in house brews, too, so we'll be back I'm sure.