This weeks tasteful adventure took us to BJs Brewery in Mesa. BJs is a Chicago style restaurant and brew house, specializing in their own selection of beers.
We arrived at the crack of noon, expecting a large lunch crowd, but had no trouble parking or getting a table right away. There were 7 in our dining party and the staff was more than happy to push a couple of tables together to accommodate us.
Drink orders were taken promptly as we sat, and as usual I chose the ice-tea. While waiting for the refreshments to arrive, we perused the menu. The first two pages consist of the drinks, with quite in-depth descriptions of their brewery and beer selections. The following pages consisted of a large selection of appetizers, sandwiched, salads, burgers, and full dinner meals, not to mention their infamous pizzas. I opted for the Sourdough burger with the standard steak fries. When the waiter took my order, he offered to add bacon and provolone cheese to my burger, with sounded delightful, to which I agreed.
The group chatted for a bit, but not more than 10 minutes the food had arrived. I was also offered a second ice-tea at the time, even though I wasn’t through yet, but I anticipated the bottom was nigh, so I complied. The burger smelled delicious and the steak fries were plenty. One thing I really like about certain restaurants is that when the burgers are large, the cooks cut the burger in half. This does two things for me, first, you are actually able to hold the burger without it falling all over the place. Second, the appearance is more flattering since the layering of the toppings such as the provolone and bacon are fully exposed, and you can see if the burger itself is cooked as it had been ordered.
The burger was excellent, topped with thousand island dressing. The fries looked excellent, but upon tasting them, they seemed a little bland. I was expecting some seasoning or something, but to no avail. Other than that small issue, the meal was good and filling.
BJs is apparently knows for their pizza, but we were unaware of that fact when we arrived. The topping selection looked interesting, but not one of our party took the hook. If I do find myself arriving back at BJs, I think I would like to try one of the pies. Also, after perusing the beer list, I would also like to pair one of the in house beers with the pizza, but that will have to be left for another day, and not at lunch.
Overall, I rate BJs four out of five. Service was attentive, the food was good, and the atmosphere was enjoyable. I can foresee a return visit in the future, I am just not sure when.
Until next time…