Big Bricks is for Big AppetitesAddress: 3832 N. Lincoln Avenue
I am an impatient diner. When I’m ready to eat, I don’t want to wait more than 5 minutes for a table. Plus, I want tasty food at a reasonable price served by friendly people in a warm environment. And I want good beer. That may sound like a tall order, but Big Bricks (3832 N. Lincoln Avenue) knows how to meet my list of demands.
In the beginning of 2012, Lincoln Park’s famed Bricks Pizza immigrated to Northcenter and brought along a wood-burning Oyler smoking pit in its luggage. So not only can you get succulent house-smoked pork and chicken on a sandwich ($10), you can have them as a topping on your pizza ($12 for a 10-inch pie). There are several other specialty pizzas to choose from (including vegetarian options) along side regional cuisine like smoked shrimp and grits ($9) and “Tacos del Dia” ($2 each or 6 for $8).
While it’s nice to have these other options, the real focus at Big Bricks is meat, meat and more meat. You can get a very satisfying portion of brisket, pulled pork or a half a chicken for $13, but hungry-man-sized appetites will gravitate towards the platters of ribs ($16 for a half slab – dry or wet) or the Combo – all the aforementioned animals plus a hot link for $23.
Big Bricks has jumped on the pedigree potato wagon and relies on the Kennebec variety for its hand-cut fries, which accompany platters and sandwiches or can be ordered separately with the house-made cheese sauce ($6) or pulled pork ($9). The Potato Association of America proclaims Kennebec potatoes’ “reputation for good culinary quality is well known” and notes that they are the go-to spud for the potato chip industry. Ubiquitous BBQ sides are also offered, but none of them stand out on their own.
To wash it all down, Big Bricks typically offers 16 draft beers ($6-$8) plus 20 other domestic and European beers in cans and bottles ($4-$11). A small selection of wines is available by the bottle or glass ($7-$8). And is you have room, there are a handful of devastating desserts that will induce a food coma.
You can be forgiven if you haven’t spotted Big Bricks before, or for thinking that a new restaurant called “Berliner Beer” opened on the corner of Lincoln and Berenice Avenues. But now that you know where to find tasty, reasonably priced food in an inviting space with a great beer selection, please don’t crowd the place. I don’t want to have to wait long for a table in the future.