Bricks Bar & Grill

320 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Phone            (319) 362-7425
Hours              Monday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Looking for unique food in a great biker-friendly atmosphere? Bricks Bar &  Grill may be the place for you. Just ask Will Carter, The Ambassador of Flavors!

The Ambassador of Flavors Biker Food Review: Bricks Bar & Grill

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and the sun is out, so I decided to walk around downtown Cedar Rapids and try some food at Bricks Bar and Grill.  It’s right next to a city parking garage, so you won’t have to worry about having a place to put your motorcycle while you eat and possibly explore downtown.

I talked to the bartender about the menu for a few minutes to see what they had to offer that was different from the other places in town.  Pretty much everything is different here.  The owners at Bricks also own some of the newer and more popular places around here, and they tend to focus on being creative with food.  A couple of their newer restaurants are geared toward hipster food, and one of them is within close walking distance of Bricks.

After getting the low down on what their biggest sellers were, I settled on the Kickin’ Chicken Tacos and the Pork Sliders.

Bricks Pork Sliders

The first thing I tried was the pork sliders.  The menu description is pretty much spot on.  It’s chipotle barbecue glazed pork.  The pork is a little spicy, so if you don’t like spicy food, you will want to talk to your server about that before ordering your food.  It also has a little afterburner effect going on, so the first bite may not be as spicy as the second.  I love spicy food, so this was just right for me.  There’s some grilled pineapple and honey mustard on these as well, and they come on a Hawaiian bread bun.

Bricks Kickin’ Chicken Tacos

The Kickin’ Chicken Tacos were my favorite part.  This group is about to open a new taco joint right down the street, so they must be really confident in their ability to make tacos.  The meat inside was sliced up blackened chicken.  The chicken had some Cajun-style seasoning on it, and that gave it a little kick.  I don’t even like guacamole, so theirs must have been really great for me to enjoy it as much as I did.  I thought it went well inside the taco along with the fresh cilantro, tomatoes, and onions.  The fries were seasoned with kosher salt and pepper, so that gave them a little extra flavor compared to standard fries. 

The Atmosphere

This place has a pretty cool atmosphere that I think you will enjoy.  They don’t call it bricks for no reason.  The brick walls are visible on the inside, and they have some interesting décor and party lights.  There’s a second level that is open on weekends, so if the place doesn’t look big enough to you, just check out the upstairs.

They also have a huge selection of 60 beers on tap.  There are lots of local options, so you can try all the popular craft beers while you are here.  Go check out their menu online and expect some really great food when you get there.

A note from Will Carter, The Ambassador of Flavors:

“This is one of many biker bar reviews I will be doing on a weekly basis.  The goal is to promote local bars as destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts.  These reviews will be part of an online resource created to help bikers find bars with good food and entertainment.”


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