Review: BJ’s Restaurant and BrewhouseAuthor: Smokin DB | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Greenwood, IN
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
1231 US 31 North
Greenwood, IN 46142
Actually attached to Greenwood Park Mall this chain outfit started out in SoCal as a Chicago style pizza joint presumably to satisfy the cravings of ex-pat Midwesterners. It has now morphed into much more. The pizza is still on the menu but so are a host of other dishes. The menu is not as complex as Cheesecake Factory, but it is still pretty thick. As an added bonus, they have some really good beer. Although not brewed on-site, there is a great list of craft beers from Blondes to Reds, Porters and Stouts. There are eight beers that are always available along with a couple of seasonal additions. The staff explained to me that this particular location simply did not have room for the brew equipment. So, the BJ’s branded brew is shipped in from another location.
What I Got: With a menu that looks like the phone book for a small town, making a selection can be tough. For whatever reason, I was hooked by the Fish and Chips. I guess it was Ash Wednesday so that had something to do with my selection.
Big planks of Pacific Cod breaded and deep fried utilizing BJ’s Blonde in the batter along with thinly cut French Fries. Yes, this might sound like a bit of grease overload, but honestly, this was awesome stuff. Neither the fish nor the fries were the least bit greasy. Fried foods don’t necessarily have to be greasy. Proper oil temperature and good batter results in good food. The batter was crunchy and had the slightest hint of beer flavor, which is always a good thing in my book. With a splash of Malt Vinegar the perfectly cooked large flakes of Cod were shoveled down in no time. The fries were good too but really the fish was the star of this show, ah, I mean plate.
Would I Buy It Again? You bet! This wasn’t cheap. It was $11.25 for the fish in chips plus the beers and app and my bill was over $20.00 per person. But, this wasn’t the fish and chips that your average Knights of Columbus is frying up on Fridays this time of year.