Oklahoma City, OK
Bricktown Brewery is what I would call a mini-chain that started out in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City and which is now expanding statewide and into neighboring areas such as Fort Smith, Arkansas (and I see on their web site that they even have a location in El Paso). Perhaps El Paso was the inspiration for their Hatch green chile burger which I really liked.
According to their web site they specialize in local and craft beers, but my report is only on the food. Somehow the name “brewery” conjures up an image of cheap bar food to me, but I found out that it is also a serious restaurant. I do not know if it would be classified as “elevated,” but they do standard American classics very well (as well as some special items such as the aforementioned Hatch green chile burger.
This location of Bricktown Brewery is in the building where Tommy’s Italian-American Grill was located, and Tommy’s wood fired oven is now used to cook the pizzas on Bricktown’s menu. I have not tried the pizzas, but at least I know they have the right kind of oven for it.
This is a sports bar in the sense that they have TV screens with games being played, but I was not aware of the sound being on or anything that would distract me from having a normal dining experience.
The menu’s description of the Hatch Green Chile Burger lists queso, tortilla chips, and arugula. This sounded somewhat suspect, but somehow it came together very well for an excellent green chile cheeseburger (with queso instead of sliced cheese). The real flavor of the sandwich was in the meat, which was obviously a high grade cut of beef. Of course I loved the Hatch green chile, but I was eating it on top of a very high quality sandwich and not just for the sake of having green chile. The chile was spicy, but I think the queso cuts the heat somewhat so that it would not be overly hot even for those who are not as accustomed to a high spice level as I am. In all, this was an excellent sandwich, and really one of the best I have had in OKC.
I was glad that there is a choice of other sides besides french fries. The Mashed Potatoes tasted freshly made.
I picked out the Chicken Pot Pie for take-home because the waiter said it would be fairly good reheated. I did think it was fairly good, but I think it would have been better if eaten when it was freshly prepared. Having said that, I thought the main problem was that it was heavy on the mashed potato content without a lot of flavor to spice it up. Still, though, it was enjoyable and makes a good meal.
Pizzas are not served at every location, but are available here thanks to the brick oven they inherited from Tommy’s Restaurant.
One of the important features here is a comfortable dining room–this includes the seating, the service, not too much noise, etc. The waiter gave some good suggestions and helped to confirm my feeling that the Hatch green chile burger would be a good choice.
Because of the quality of the hamburger (including the patty, queso, green chile, etc.) I almost felt that this was a fine dining restaurant. Actually it is downscale but they just give you very good quality. I liked the way they flavored the burger but thought the chicken pot pie could use a little work. Overall, though I think the restaurant does a very good job.
Restaurant Web Site: Bricktown Brewery