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What I Ate: May 6, 2010 (BJ's Brewhouse)

Posted 6 May, 2010 at 9:36pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Dinner: While walking the dog, we ended up talking to several neighbors for a while, so we didn't get to go out to grab food until after 10pm. I had planned on going to Red Robin since I thought they were open until 11pm, but I was wrong (they close at 10pm except on Fridays and Saturdays when they open to 11pm). We went next door to BJ's Brewhouse since their kitchen was still open (until 11pm).

We started with a Fresh Basil with Italian Sausage Flatbread Appetizer Pizza which we liked a lot for it's crispiness and flavorful toppings.
BJ's Brewhouse - Fresh Basil with Italian Sausage Flatbread Appetizer Pizza

We liked it enough that we ordered a Grilled Chicken Pesto Flatbread Appetizer Pizza as well.
BJ's Brewhouse - Grilled Chicken Pesto Flatbread Appetizer Pizza

We also had Crispy Calamari which is a new item for BJ's. The calamari rings were super soft and tender while the tentacles were a little chewier. I liked both textures and being able to pick between the two. The breading was flavorful, but Tina commented how she would have preferred it to be crispier (especially on the soft rings). Overall, I was surprised by the quality of the rings given the restaurant we were in.
BJ's Brewhouse - Crispy Calamari

We tried their New Orleans Jambalaya which proved to be too spicy for Tina, but I thought it had the right amount of heat and flavor. Unfortunately, the shrimp was undercooked (still translucent), but since I planned on taking much of the dish home and reheating for lunch, I just avoided the shrimp while eating tonight. They'll get cooked tomorrow.
BJ's Brewhouse - New Orleans Jambalaya

We also split a side house salad.
BJ's Brewhouse - Side House Salad

Lunch: Tina and I tried an instant noodle packet that we've never tried before. This one was made by Paldo and labeled with "Korean Noodle" and "Seafood Flavor". In comparison to the Nong Shin Ramyun packets, these aren't even close to the flavor (neither the noodles or the soup).
Paldo Korean Noodle Seafood Flavor

2 comments to What I Ate: May 6, 2010 (BJ's Brewhouse)

Optimista, May 6th, 2010 at 10:58 pm:

  • I've had pretty decent luck with BJ's. Not so bad for what it is (except…uncooked shrimp is pretty horrendous).

Michael Chu, May 7th, 2010 at 2:42 pm:

  • I've eaten at BJ's three previous times (I think). Twice in the Bay Area and once in Sunset Valley a few months back. None of the food was memorable or worth going back for. This was the first time where we enjoyed the food enough to recommend something.