A new Quincy eatery offers American comfort foods and a family-friendly atmosphere.By John C. McBride
If you’re looking for a quintessential American pub, Brick & Beam certainly fits the bill. Situated on the Milton-Quincy town line in a space that was occupied by Villa Rosa for more than 60 years, this culinary newcomer is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite.
The restaurant opened in July following extensive renovations, and co-owner and manager Brett Kelly and his team have done a superlative job of creating a family-friendly atmosphere that is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch.
The restaurant’s décor is industrial and inviting, with exposed brick walls and wooden beams that stretch across the ceiling. The menu features a wide range of American comfort foods, from thin crust pizzas and a 12-ounce New York strip steak to mac ‘n’ cheese made with orecchiette pasta and a blend of aged cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan with a Ritz cracker topping. The burgers and chicken dishes are outstanding, the fish is always fresh, and the wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable.
My wife and I love the Chicken Philly Sandwich, which comes on a French roll with jalapeño peppers and onions and served with a basket of french fries, and the Margherita Pizza, which is topped with mozzarella, crushed plum tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil. For dessert, guests can indulge in brownie à la mode, fried dough bites or apple crisp.
Brick & Beam has two bars manned by friendly bartenders that serve up a wide variety of craft beers (and regular beers for old-school people like me), wines and signature cocktails. Try the Brick & Beam Punch made with Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, cranberry, orange and pineapple juices, grenadine and topped off with a Myer’s dark rum floater, or a refreshing Cucumber Cooler made with cucumber vodka, Cointreau, a splash of pineapple juice and muddled cucumber and mint.
There are 12 large-screen televisions spread throughout the restaurant but on weekends it pays to get there early to watch the game. And for the brunch crowd, there’s everything from biscuits and gravy to crunch cinnamon swirl French toast to choose from.
The menu at Brick & Beam is slated to get an update in May and I look forward to another great selection offered by this wonderful neighborhood pub.
Brick and Beam
705 Adams St., Quincy