From the What Took Me So Long category, comes my first visit to Brickyard Bar & Grill. I never visited the South Tacoma location. Now Brickyard has taken up residence in Lakewood.
An ad listed the new location thusly: "behind the Goodwill." Given Lakewood's curious road layout, navigating by landmark makes sense. The actual address is 6008 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, but the front door faces Elk Grove Street. Whatever.
Brickyard's location (and Lakewood's screwy layout) is not the point of this post. The point is ribs, suds and service.
I'm going to have to live with myself for overlooking Brickyard for the past two years. I dropped in to the two-month-old Lakewood locaton a week ago and was pleasantly surprised: a quarter-rack of spare ribs was $7.75. That included four bones and three sides. Even for bad barbecue that would have been a bargain. But this wan't bad barbecue. The meat was firm and sweet. Each bite had a charry edge and tasted like pig, not smoke. I'll be back -- because I want to, not because I have to.
But here's what sold me on Brickyard: I ordered a beer, took a few sips and retreated to the restroom. When I returned, the bartender -- who I believe didn't know me from Adam West -- had put a head on my beer, no charge. That, gentle readers, is service.