After only a couple minutes wait we were guided to our table. It was a pretty cool place! Looked sort of like a warehouse but had the sports bar like feel. We had a quiet corner of the restaurant right by the kitchen door, I guess our food would be coming out piping hot! Yes! The menu the hostess sat us with was like a novel. It featured deep dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs and so much more. And of course, BJ’s own handcrafted beer.
I was definitely in the mood! I wanted to try a little sample of each. If you haven't guessed by now I like to try new things and a sample of different brews included. It was all in the name of research! The BJ'S Brewhouse Blonde was good as well as the BJ’S Jeremiah Red - the rest could have been flushed down the toilet.
With the weather beating down on us I decided to fight back with soup! I ordered the Clam Chowder in a bread bowl with a butter toasted top! The Clam Chowder was pretty standard. Didn't knock my socks off but it was not a huge disappointment. I liked that it was creamy, rather than chunks of boiled potatoes. The bread was made soggy, perfect for tearing and sopping action. The beautiful entree shown below the Chowder is the Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Two marinated chicken breasts were coated with Parmesan cheese and crunchy Panko breadcrumbs, lightly pounded and pan fried to a golden brown. They were served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and topped with a lemon butter sauce, sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. This dish was pretty much perfect. No complaints.
All in all BJ's allowed me to find refuge. Allowing me to refuel and find balance after the hectic chaos experienced inside the mall. Malls on rainy Sundays are malls to avoid. I had heard how great BJ's was from many people, I wouldn't ever say it was great but definitely average. You know what you are going to get and it probably will be just the same every time - franchise baby! Would I return, maybe. Would I suggest somewhere else? Yes. Will I stop asking these questions anytime soon? Most likely not. Melissa Good Taste says 1.5 thumbs up for being a good franchise restaurant.