After a couple long days at the hospital, I needed some real food. I grabbed my mom and we headed to Bourbonnais (home of the Chicago Bears training camp) for some grub. Brickstone Brewery is still one of the hottest places in the Kankakee area. We went to dinner on a Friday night knowing we could be heading into a wait. You see, if you get there after 5:00 on a weekend, you will probably have a wait. We got there about ten minutes before 5:00 and were lucky enough to get a table without a wait.
Brickstone is located where the former Greenbriar Restaurant used to be. Brickstone is a total overhaul. Having lived in a couple different cities over the last decade, I’ve gotten used to finding restaurants like this, but Kankakee has never seen any place like this. Brickstone is a brew pub. They brew their own brews, but they’re smart enough to have the domestic staples on hand. In a place like Lansing, you could get away with just having your beers. Not in Kankakee. They’d be out of business if they tried that.
That night was also Game 2 of the ALDS featuring the Chicago White Sox. When we were seated in the dining room, I made sure I sat where I could see one of the LCD TV’s in the corner. Yes, they had TV’s in the dining room. The interior design is, again, nothing like anything else in Kankakee. It’s got the same feel as most brew pubs which is the exposed, dark woods. We were seated at a booth along the wall. We were pretty close to the bar, so there was a lot of noise from the game that carried over which was ok with me. That way, I knew when to look up at the TV.
The menu is massive. They have a bigger, more diverse menu that anyone in town. It had been quite a while since I had eaten at Brickstone and I forgot just how big the menu is. What really surprised me is that they had a black ‘n bleu burger on the menu. I had never heard of that sandwich until moving to Michigan and I was thrilled to see it on the menu “back home.” I’ve wrote before about how I don’t understand why they put cajun spices on the burger because you can never taste it. That wasn’t the case here. You could taste the spices on the burger and it was a good mix with the bleu cheese. I order my burgers medium and this one was a little shy of medium, but still really good. The sandwich came with fries which are beer battered and double fried. The meal was huge and I had a hard time finishing, but it was delicious.
My mom ordered a chipotle ranch chicken wrap. That kind of surprised me. Usually she’s not into spicy things. The chipotle ranch was served on the side though which made it easy for her to decided how much of the dressing she wanted. Like my sandwich, hers was served with fries. She said it was really good and one of the best wraps she’s ever had.
Since we were celebrating a new baby, we both ordered drinks. I got the American Style Pilsner which had a peppery taste to and was a little too bitter for my tastes, but it was refreshing and something different from what I usually order. My mom ordered some kind of fruity drink. I didn’t pay attention. I just knew that I wouldn’t like it and she didn’t offer to let me try it.
With the two drinks, our bill was right at $25 which was surprising. I was expecting it to be much higher. We both left full and satisfied with our meals. It was just a little after 5:30 when we were walking out and the line was already starting to form. There were quite a few people already waiting in the bar area for a table.
Speaking of the bar area, the tables had one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Each table had a tall plastic tube on the table with a tap at the bottom. Apparently, you can order draft beer and fill up that tube, then you can pull your own beer at the table. I’ve never seen that before and thought what a great idea.
Brickstone Brewery is exactly what the Kankakee area needs. There’s just not a lot of new, interesting restaurants and there’s no one that has the menu that Brickstone does. Should you ever been in the Kankakee area, Brickstone is a place that you need to hunt down.