‘Twas a lovely and hot summer evening, and I was hankering for a burger. My friends convinced me to experience Brick House Tavern and Tap on Seawall, assuring me I'd find a great one there. Seating is indoors or out; I hesitated about dining alfresco because of the warmth. But I was drawn by the view of the Gulf and found the outdoor seating to be delightful. The place was lively and noisy but not overcrowded on this weeknight. Patrons were of all ages and genders; this is not just a guy bar. The large indoor seating area was open to the elements when we were there, but it can be closed when weather demands. There is an outdoor fire pit which we did not need in July, but will be delightful when cooler weather returns.
We selected draft beers from their extensive choices, offered servings from large to gargantuan. They also have many native and imported bottled beers and there is a good wine selection as well. To go with our beer we tried the “Blue & White” appetizer, homemade and nice thick homemade potato chips with toppings of blue cheese crumbles and white queso. It was sinfully delicious.
The menu offers much more than burgers, but I stuck to that choice. They are available in a variety of preparations and sizes to suit any appetite. I went with a “one brick XL”, simply adorned. The side choices are quite varied--including broccoli!-- but I chose fries. The burger that arrived was definitely enough for a large appetite, or for two smaller ones if someone is inclined to share. I dare you to try a XXL or XXXL!! It was served on a toasted rectangular bun which I found to be a bit messy to navigate (my lettuce and tomato kept falling out--and I'd had only half my beer). The burger was thick and well-flavored good, if a bit dry for my taste. The fries were crispy and thick enough to be potato-y, quite good.
One of my friends ordered fish and chips, another favorite bar-type staple. The fish was fresh and firm in texture, and battered very lightly. He didn't talk much while eating because he enjoyed it so much.
Despite our better intentions, we decided to experiment with dessert. The Apple Crumble with vanilla bean ice cream was served warm, with apples that were tender-firm. The crumbles were a little mushy. It was tasty if one likes such desserts, which I definitely do. But it's not their strong point.
Brick House is a nice addition to Seawall dining: a beautiful view of the water, a relaxed and casual atmosphere, and service that is quick and friendly. The menu is extensive, ranging from breakfast to burgers and salads to steak. Servings are quite large so I recommend you show up hungry. A great place for an informal meal.