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Brickyard Kitchen and Bar: Elevated Pub Grub

09/04/2018 01:05PM

Brickyard Kitchen and Bar, 1475 Eureka Road, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-836-8406,

Brian O’Neill wanted a place where friends could get together and hang out, watch sports, listen to music, enjoy good food, and partake in some of our region’s remarkable craft beers. When I want to do the same, I put the hose in the plastic pool, break out the burgers and dogs, throw a sixer on ice, and let the good times roll. Well, O’Neill had a grander scheme: opening the nearly 6,000-square-foot combination restaurant, taphouse, sports bar, and live music venue he named Brickyard Kitchen and Bar.

I stopped by on a busy Friday evening (just missing the 3-6 p.m. Happy Hour) and sat at the bar, ready to wage war on all things protein and carbohydrate. After sampling a few craft beers, I moved on to another necessary carb: the Brick Fries, featuring crispy spuds with creamy gorgonzola, chili oil, and enough punch of red pepper flakes to make sure you’re drinking one of the 16 rotating beers on tap. 

Street Tacos

After quizzing my bartender on his favorite menu item (chicken street tacos), I manned up and ordered the trio—pork, steak, and chicken (they also offer vegetarian but, as stated, this was war and no one goes to battle on salad). Admittedly, the shredded chicken with pico de gallo, sliced avocado, and serrano-citrus aioli was my favorite also, but who can argue with steak or pork? The balloting was close.

Fish & Chips

Sticking with a brew-themed adventure, I ordered the beer-battered fish and chips with fries and a refreshing coleslaw dressed in serrano-citrus aioli. The fish was exactly what I like in my F&C: large pieces of flaky, white cod with a crispy, crunchy, crave-worthy exterior that’s too much work (and mess) to duplicate at home. 

Brick Fries

OK, here’s where things got a little dicey. Maybe it was the beer catching up, but the peanut butter burger somehow seemed intriguing. I’m a curious sort, but peanut butter on a hamburger? Here are the facts, ma’am: It’s Thai peanut sauce, not your everyday American-style Jiffy in a jar and complemented—as opposed to overpowered—the other ingredients. Combined with pickled jalapeños, sharp white cheddar, and…wait for it…bacon, it was a must-try menu item. 

With a lengthy lineup of weekly events and specials to check out, like the manager told me: “Come on in, mate, and give us a try!”   

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday), 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday), 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday), 11:30 a.m.-midnight (Friday), 10 a.m.-midnight (Saturday)

Try This: Brick Fries, Street Tacos, Fish & Chips, Peanut Butter Burger, Beyond Burger, Pulled Pork & Mac, Homemade Jack Daniels Ice Cream

Drinks: Full bar; beer, wine, and cocktails 

Tab: $$

Heads-Up: Kids’ menu; Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 p.m.-close daily; 16 constantly rotating taps; weekly events and specials including Taco Tuesday, trivia and half-off bottles of wine on Wednesday, pint night and live acoustic music on Thursday; weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; private room available for large parties; online ordering available via DoorDash; gluten-free bread and buns

by Lorn Randall  //  photos by DANTE FONTANA

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