Brickyard Grill: A Tasty Spot to Stop

January 17, 2011


Special to The Herald-Mail

My pal, Tom Atoe, and I stopped in for a bite to eat at The Brickyard Grill, a new salad and sandwich shop in downtown Hagerstown.

The restaurant is small with a few tables in the shape of huge butterflies. The bulk of the business is take-out for busy office workers who want to grab a quick lunch. The restaurant was spotless.

The menu is primarily made up of sandwiches: hot, signature and deli.

The hot sandwiches were all $6.75. The list included a turkey and bacon sub, steak and cheese, chicken and fish.

The signature sandwiches range from $5.50 for the Santa Fe roasted vegetable wrap with hummus and arugula to $6.50 for the country ham with shaved butter. Also listed were a tuna melt, grilled chicken Caesar and a BLT, among others.


The deli sandwiches were subs (turkey, roast beef and ham) for $5.95 and salads (chicken, curried turkey and tuna) for $6.25 to $6.75. All of the sandwiches are served with a pickle and many choices of toppings including cheeses, pickles, olives and the usual condiments.

There is also a salad bar with both hot and cold items on it, priced by the pound. Fresh soups are also available.

Tom works nearby and knew immediately that he wanted the grilled Reuben. He also ordered "fresh-cut" french fries.

I thought the curried turkey salad sounded good. I had the choice of having it on a croissant or a wrap (plain, spinach, tomato, garlic and herb or wheat). I picked the spinach.

"Try the chips," Tom said. "They are outstanding."

I picked up a bag from the counter and could plainly see that they were big and homemade.

We placed our orders at the counter and helped ourselves to drinks. If you order a sandwich, you can make it a combo with fries or onion rings and a medium soda for an additional $2.75, or with chips and a soda for $1.99 or potato salad for $2.25.

As we went to our seats, I looked at the salad bar. It had a lot of variety including some hot items. I like to eat salads, especially for lunch, and thought this was a good option for take out.

Our lunches were delivered in Styrofoam boxes.

Tom's Reuben was piled high with corned beef.

"Ummmm," he said as he dug in. "This is so good."

He offered me a french fry. They were really good and it is hard to describe why. Clearly they were freshly made and well seasoned with salt and pepper.

But they also had a wonderful potato taste. They were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Perhaps I have become so accustomed to the bland and nearly flavorless fast-food variety that just tasting a real honest-to-goodness fresh french fry was a treat.

My wrap was also delicious. The curried turkey salad was creamy with nice big (but not too big) chunks of turkey. The celery and onion gave it a tasty crunch. The curried mayonnaise was also done just right. The sauce flavored the salad without drowning the turkey and the curry provided a little kick at the end.

But what elevated the sandwich flavor to truly great was the addition of raisins in the salad. The sweet bite was just the right note to balance the heat of the curry.  Yum.

The chips were as good as promised. Ordinarily, I am not a fan of big, hard chips. I like the lighter variety. But these made me a convert. They were big, but not at all hard and with a delicious seasoning. I took half the wrap and about half the chips home with me.  I have to say, the wrap was just as delicious the next day. The chips kept their crispiness and were as tasty the second day as they were the first.

I have been to a couple of lunch meetings downtown where plates of sandwiches from Brickyard Grill have been served with a bowl of its chips. One of the sandwiches I tried was the roasted tomato and fresh mozzarella. It was topped off with basil and arugula and served on focaccia. It was terrific.

The Brickyard Grill is a good addition to downtown Hagerstown. The self-serve salad bar is a great option to have.

And try those chips -- they are addicting.

Anne Chovey is a pseudonym for a Herald-Mail freelance writer who reviews restaurants anonymously to avoid special treatment.

Brickyard Grill

Food:  3 1/2 (out of five)

Service: 2  (the restaurant is designed to be self-service)

Ambiance: 2 1/2 stars

Value: 3  1/2

Overall: 3 1/2

Address: 15 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Phone: 301-797-7044

Food: Sandwiches, soup and salad bar; order in or carry out

Bathrooms:  Clean and accessible.

Parking:  Street parking is available and parking decks are a short distance away. The restaurant is handicapped accessible

Reservations are not necessary.

Brickyard Grill is on Facebook.

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