Brick House Tavern is more then just bar food, but a manly culture.
This past weekend I had a pleasant surprise of unknowingly going to a new restaurant in Akron. Originally my plan was to go to the Olive Garden with a friend, but seeing as the wait for a table was 20 some min, I opted out. Across the street from the OG there is a restaurant by the name of The Brick House Tavern and Tap.
I had seen this restaurant for a few years now driving through the Chapel Hill mall area, but never stopped in. To be honest, I heard some bad things about the place. “A higher class Hooters” is what one review from a coworker of mine had said. Now the twenty-four year old me thinks this place would be great, but going there with a member of the opposite sex does not increase your chances of going to a venue with skimpy clothes and cheap wings.
Seeing as I did not want to wait for low grade Italian food, I convinced my cohort to go to the Brick and try it out. The outside decor was very impressive. Nice, new brick, stained wood, fireplace, and clean glass doors. Walking through the front door we were greeted with a smiling face and asked weather we would like a table, booth, recliner, or bar seat. I was opting for the recliner since that is not something you see at every tavern, but not the most practical when dining with a female.
We sat in a booth on the opposite side of the bar with great views of multiple sporting events. I should probably mention that the BH is geared toward a male crowd if that has not become apparent yet. In the back of the place there is an area called the “man cave” with the recliners and couches and what I am assuming were more manly accoutrements.
The waitress, Amy I believe, was not a knock off Hooters girl. Practically dressed and uniformed with a BH polo, she took our drink orders and suggested some cock tail specials that they have. I had to decline the alcohol as I was still digesting suds from the night before. Looking around I noticed my biggest issue with the establishment. On the walls there are several quotes written in a large Helvetica font. Sayings like, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder” above the front door and surrounding areas just seemed to bring the atmosphere down. Other wise there were some other features that I felt did work well with the theme. On the back brick wall there was a beaten, old fashioned, painted saying on the wall. I did not get a chance to read what it said, but the aesthetic of it was highly appealing compared to the other quotes. Right above the bar they have the name of some drinks and other wording pertaining to the BH.
The main reason someone goes to a restaurant is obviously the food, so let me get to that. I ordered the Yard Bird sandwich. A nice marinated and slightly, what seemed Cajun, chicken breast was grilled perfectly. Nice char marks, and still juicy on the inside. Topped with lettuce, onion, crisp bacon, provolone, sans tomato, and a Sriracha mayo that I wished would have had a little more fire to it. The bun that it came on I felt should have been toasted, maybe even buttered a little bit, but it was not a deal breaker at all. The fries however could have been. The portion was kind of small for a nine dollar sandwich, and they did not seem fresh cut. I wish I would have ordered a baked potato, or maybe some steamed veggies as my side (I am not sure if these sides are available, but assuming so as most bar type restaurants like this do. However, tater tots are available too).
My partner in crime Kelsey ordered the Black and Bleu burger, also with fries. I quote her on this, “I could eat/drink bleu cheese all day!” I am not so much for the taste of mold on a burger, but I digress. The burger was cooked to the perfect medium and it was a nice blend with seasoning, not too over powering at all. I only sampled a little bite of it, but there’s nothing better then a good burger. I also think the bun could have been a little more toasted, same as my chicken sandwich.
Overall I give the restaurant a very good rating. The moment of truth was when Doug, the general manager, casually stopped by our table to make sure everything was going well and we were satisfied. To me that is something that gives a place a good foundation based on customer care.
As we walked out the same manager held the door and was extremely hospitable. I would highly recommend the Brick House Tavern and Tap to anyone looking for a manly meal with a casual feel. Pricing is reasonable and food is above average. Next time you find yourself wanting casual, American food, check out the Brick House, you will not be disappointed.
The Brick House Tavern and Tap is located at 581 Howe Avenue Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221