(Beer Bar / Restaurant)
Beer - Good Selection
Food - Good
Atmosphere- Warehouse Bar/Restaurant
Date Visited - December 2009
When I was looking up directions to the Brick House Tavern + Tap, I accidentally saw a review which stated that the Brick House was, "Hooters with a Beer Selection". After going there, I must say, if you only have 5 words to describe it, that pretty much works. Personally, I think you should add the word 'Upscale' in there somewhere as somehow it just doesn't seem near as tacky as Hooters.
The beer... The beer selection is pretty good, sure, it's going to get blown away by the likes of the Gingerman and Flying Saucer, but other than that, it really holds it's own. They have Chimay, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Warsteiner, Duvel, Fuller's ESB, plus many more including the usual suspects like Coor's Light, Miller Light, Bud Light e.t.c.. So, it certainly falls short of the Elite Beer Bars, but blows things like Hooters, Chilis, Applebees & Outback out of the water.
The food was good. Once again, I've certainly had better, but then again I have worse far too often. The presentation was probably a little better than the taste, but the taste is really all I care about and that was good.
The service here was excellent. I know, most people will say I'm basing this on the appearance of the waitresses, but "most people" would be wrong. I base this on a few facts, namely, I never had to wait to be waited on, and my drink never got empty before I was offered another one. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to a restaurant or bar with the full intention of having a couple beers, only to see my glass stay empty after the first one until I'm done with my meal. At that point, I usually just say, "check please" and leave. The Brick House however, never let my glass get empty. In addition, I noticed that I actually had two waitresses taking care of my table, I don't know whether that was an accident or standard procedure or just some fluke, but having two servers taking turns coming by probably helped my glass to stay full.
Although this place gets compared to Hooters, hell I've done it here, for me this place is definitely different and I'd say a cut, or two above. Obviously, the beer selection is on a whole other level, but beyond that it's just a more comfortable place. The primary words that come to mind actually are 'less tacky'. Technically, I think the girls here are actually exposing more skin than your typical Hooter's girl, but it doesn't seem that way. Perhaps it is the design and color of the uniforms, at Brick House it's a black top and jean shorts, at Hooters it's a white top and what looks like polyester orange shorts. Really I'd say the whole place is that way, meaning it's darker and less tacky than Hooters, and personally, I like that. Just for the record the patrons here really ran the gamut, there was a really old couple, a family of four which included two young kids, men in suits, some blue collar guys, many couples, so at least when I was there, this place seemed to be attracting all sorts.
My only real complaint is not with the restaurant itself, but their website, which still lists the 'Humble' location as 'coming soon'. (At least as of Dec 7th 2009) It's not 'coming soon', it's there and open, and I know because I've been there and had a meal, so update the website already.
To visit their website.... http://www.brickhousetavernandtap.com/
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