In Western New York, we try to soak up as much summer as possible. Backyard parties, outdoor concerts, and nighttime bonfires are all fine examples of how our community capitalizes on every bit of warm weather. Dining out is no different. We’ll go anywhere if it means an outdoor patio awaits.
Waiting for you in the quaint village of Lewiston, sits the Brickyard Pub & BBQ. Its spacious outdoor seating is just the spot to plop down and enjoy some summer food and summer spirits. Their open rooftop and covered patios provide plenty of space to stretch out and relax. So on a sunny summer afternoon, we sat down for a quick bite.
After being seated promptly, we browsed over the menu. It’s BBQ all the way. An endless selection of chicken, ribs, steak, and pulled pork set our appetites on fire. The lunch menu runs anywhere between $10-$15, with dinner entrees costing slightly higher and topping off at $30.
Your bill can be easily inflated by an array of surcharges for extras, such as gravy, chopped jalapenos, salsa or mayo. Understandable in certain cases, but charging extra for condiments is sort of like charging more for a straw.
We settled for a couple of Between the Buns selections from the menu. I picked the Beef Brisket Sandwich, while my guest went with the signature Pulled Chicken Brickyard Melt. Choosing sides proved difficult, as everything sounded good. We eventually made our choices based on nothing other than our particular tastes.
While waiting for our food, I had a chance to take in our surroundings. It’s not often that I come to Lewiston, and I’m always struck by its Anytown atmosphere and quiet ambiance. It’s like Main St. in East Aurora without the traffic.
Sitting there at our red, metallic picnic table, it felt like we were having a nice private lunch in the park. Some music would have been nice and a little less cigarette smoke appreciated, but what can you do? I hope to quit second-hand smoking soon. I just wish others shared my enthusiasm for a CO2 free lifestyle.
Our food came quick. So quick, that I didn’t even bother to look at my phone to check how fast our friendly server brought it out. My first impression was a breathless gasp at the portion size. Large portions make me nervous, because they sometimes mean value over quality.
My fears were overwhelmingly put to rest. The beef in my Brisket Sandwich shredded on the first bite, blending in nicely with the tang and zest of the house BBQ sauce. After a few more mouthfuls, I greedily bothered my guest for a taste of her Brickyard Melt, and more of the same followed. The chicken was cooked perfectly, with a scattering of tomatoes and green pepper that provided a fresh and light contrast to the molasses and sugar of the sauce.
The amazing taste of the protein on the plate likely comes from the cooking process. All of their meat is smoked at 225 degrees for 14 hours in a procedure known as Low and Slow cooking. It pulls all the potential from the meat and delivers it straight to the taste buds. The Brickyard certainly lived up to its promise of, “the best wood fired cooking, with the highest quality ingredients.”
Our sides consisted of Potato Salad, Spicy Cajun Corn Kernels, Real Mashed Potatoes, and Red Beans and Rice. The real hero of this group were the Red Beans and Rice, which the Brickyard describes as, “a southern tradition of Red Kidney Beans, Spicy Andouille Sausage, celery and a secret blend of house spices.” Diversely textured and entirely delicious, every bite followed with a fresh wallop of heat.
To describe the flavor at The Brickyard, I’d simply say, “Spicy.” Everything served had a little kick coming along for the ride. Even our plate came dusted in some sort of Cajun powder, and though unnecessary, seemed to be a part of the kitchen’s autograph. Considering the fact that I’m a huge fan of food with a bite of its own, I was more than pleased.
If not for the cornbread, it would have been a home run. Crisp on the outside, undercooked on the inside, cold and over sweetened, it really missed the mark. My guess is that it may be an attempt at balancing the plate, but it needs some work. Or at the very least, served fresh.
However, we tend to rate restaurants on whether or not we plan on going back, and a so-so cornbread is hardly a reason to put any restaurant on “the list.” Next time we have to try the First Timer Pit Platter that offers a full sampling of every piece of smoked meat on the menu. Or we’ll order the Meatloaf Dinner stuffed with Andouille Sausage that carries its own spicy caution label.
We also have to make it a point to stop in for a drink in the near future. In addition to being experts at BBQ, The Brickyard has a fully stocked bar with plenty of choices. They have 38 beers on tap, as well as 75 different bottled beers spanning the globe. Evan William’s Green Label Bourbon supplies the house with shots, and can even be ordered as a side with your meal.
The next time you visit Lewiston, pull up to the Brickyard Pub & BBQ to enjoy an outdoor meal that packs a punch and pops with taste. If you love BBQ, and fancy a whole lot of flavor, there’s a table waiting for you outside on the patio.
The Brickyard Pub Details
432 Center St Lewiston NY 14174 | (716) 754-7227
Kitchen Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 11 pm, Sat 11:30 am – 12:30 am, Sun Noon- 9 pm
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