Brick House Pizza
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
3.18/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I grew up in the Tri-Cities, but I don't get to Richland very often, and almost never go to West Richland. In fact, this review represents only the third time I can recall going to what's essentially a bedroom community for the Tri-Cities. First time, I was with my Dad at age 8 or 9 to look at a truck he was thinking of buying. In those days, W. Richland was unincorporated, and all I remember was we had to go to a dodgy-looking trailer court near the Yakima River. Then, when I was 20, I bought a car from an old couple who had installed a gas cap with a lock because their gas had started to disappear after their neighbor's son had been released from the state penn. Why was he locked up? He'd been caught molesting horses. I relate this because to this day when I hear anything about W. Richland, the nasty mental image of a guy jumping into a pasture with a ladder and a creepy look in his eye hits me, and because I consider it my duty to spread that feeling of discomfort as far as I can.
I was surprised and a little dubious to see this establishment listed on BeerFly. Therefore, when my parents suggested going out there for dinner two nights ago, I readily agreed. For those not familiar with the area, the Tri-Cities specializes in attracting bland, corporate restaurants. Quality and originality is hard to find, especially when one desires good beer or good pizza.
While brick, in an industrial sort of way, this place does not look like a house. When you enter, your eyes are immediately drawn to a big-screen TV, which on my visit featured the Mariners confounding excpectations and beating the Cleveland Indians. Booths are available along the walls, and there are a number of tables of varying sizes. The decor is basic sports bar, though children would seem to be allowed, as there were a number of families out for Friday night dinner. The place was pretty busy, in fact.
People used to Seattle (or even Spokane) wouldn't be overly impressed, but when viewed through a Tri-Cities lens, the selection is pretty good. There's a couple of macros, but the majority of the dozen-and-a-half taps are craft. Seemed to me that the majority were IPAs or pale ales. Not a terribly adventurous selection, I thought, but still the biggest I've seen around here. I opted for an Ice Harbor IPA while I talked my Dad into ordering a Boston Lager (getting the old man to drink a beer at all is a rare occurance, as he's a wine snob). The beers were served in frosted Budweiser mugs. If I'd known, I would have requested one unfrosted, but, hey, live and learn.
Service was perfunctory. You stand in line at the counter and belt out your order, are given your beers and a number, and you sit at a table, where you await your food.
The pizza was good, but not great. I thought it was a little too dry and could benefit from more sauce. However, Pizza Advocates don't have much more to choose from in the Tri-Cities than Beer Advocates. In the 29 years my parents have lived in Kennewick, the Tri-Cities has had exactly one great pizza place, and it was mismanaged into oblivion in a matter of months. In that light, a visitor who wants good pizza would still benefit from coming here.
Didn't get a look at prices, as my folks were picking up the tab tht night. They've been ordering the same pizza since the Johnson Administration and didn't bother with a menu. I think the beer was around $4-4.50 per pint.
I'm glad I got to try this place, as it was the only time over three days that I got to drink a beer that wasn't an old Henry Weinhard in my paren't downstairs fridge, and I'm always happy to eat non-corporate pizza. Still, I don't think it's outstanding enough to justify the drive out to W.Richland next time I'm in the Tri-Cities, as I can match it with several places within walking distance to where I live both in terms of beer and pizza.
09-01-2008 01:16:04 | More by woemad
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3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Not many places in the Tri-Cities carry a decent selection of micro's, but this place has a decent selection coupled with good food.
The atmosphere is closely related to a sport's bar mixed with a restaurant. There is a large projection screen TV that you can catch a local sports team (i.e. Seattle Mariners or Seahawks).
They rotate (although slowly) the selection of beers so there is usually something new in to try. They have a good selection normally such as Moose Drool and something from Deschutes.
The service is more akin to a restaurant. Not much to offer in the department of beer advice.
Normally a good selection. Today I had a Imperial Ale from Lang Creek that was good. Some macro's mixed in with different micro's.
The food is excellent, I recommend the pizza. The office is located within a short distance, which makes this place very attractive, and it is normally packed for lunch time.
09-03-2008 22:18:43 | More by tbeck
Brick House Pizza in West Richland, WA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.