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Jackie's Brickhouse: Bar, Grill & Games for the entire family

Apr 01, 2011 06:39PM ● Published by SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF

Originally conceived as a small pizza pub, Jackie's Brickhouse opened shop in the same building as Heads N' Tails. When Heads N' Tails decided to close its doors, the Brickhouse took the plunge and acquired the entire building. Though a risky move, in just seven months Jackie's Brickhouse has revamped the entire property, creating a full service restaurant, sports bar and entertainment facility, with nightly live music, a variety of pub games and a fun, family-friendly environment.

"I am so proud of my staff," proclaimed local owner Jackie Powell. "Not only have we become a team, but we are more of a family here.  Most of them call me mama."

A true cinderella story, Jackie's Brickhouse has overcome many pitfalls in its quest to become what it is today. In order to bring the restaurant up to health code the kitchen needed serious work, and there was difficulty obtaining a liquor license; but with the support of the community and its loyal staff, the Brickhouse maintained an optimistic attitude and overcame all of its obstacles. Now the crowds of people grow larger every day, proving that the Brickhouse is not only the new restaurant on the block, but a Kemah institution focused on constant improvement in order to guarantee customer satisfaction.

The menu at the Brickhouse offers a mixture of American style pub grub, seafood, pastas, steaks and burgers. With lots to choose from, the Brickhouse is a safe bet to please everyone in your party – picky eaters and children included. Daily lunch specials with a focus on filling, hot meals including pork chops, pot roast and fried catfish, fulfill the heartiest appetite.

For dinner, pastas and burgers have been a hit with selections like the New Orleans Pasta (fettuccini tossed with shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, topped with a creamy Cajun sauce) and the Southwest Burger (topped with a fried egg, white cheddar, bacon and avocado salsa verde).

The Brickhouse daily specials are a popular treat for the happy hour crowd. Everyday drink specials from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, offer $2 domestic drafts and $3 import drafts and wells.

Sundays is all about the wings, with 35-cent wings, $5.50 domestic pitchers and $2 Bloody Marys; Monday happy hour is all day plus $12 domestic buckets, $15 import buckets and $1 sliders; Tuesday features $5 select appetizers; Bucket & Bones specials on Wednesdays feature a bucket of domestic beer and your choice of ribs or wings for $15.50, $2 fish tacos and $2 24- ounce Tecates; Thursday is Big Ass Beer Night, $1 sliders and crawfish for $2.99 a pound; Friday happy hour is until 9 p.m.; and Saturday features 50-cent raw oysters.

With a seating capacity of roughly 530, it's no wonder there's no shortage of activities at the Brickhouse. Nightly live music features acoustic tunes on Mondays, karaoke on Tuesdays, open mic on Wednesdays, live bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and palapa music all day Saturday and Sunday. With a variety of live music for all ages, the whole family can join in on the fun. Some of the acts slated for April include Hamilton Loomis, the Mambo Jazz Kings, Madigan, Randy Marshall and KAOS.

Head into the back gaming room for pool tournaments every Wednesday, Texas Hold'em Sundays and Mondays, shuffle board, dart boards, foosball, Golden Tee and video games. On the back patio, sip tropical drinks under the palapa or enjoy Cornhole and Bocce Ball!

More than two-dozen flat screens are scattered throughout the facility, broadcasting all the major sporting events; plus a large projection screen in the new addition, enabling a quieter live music experience. The addition is also available to book private parties, and look out for a VIP balcony coming soon. When you host your event, be sure to purchase a faux brick and personalize it. The Brickhouse will mount it on the wall with other personalized bricks from patrons, special guests and celebrities.

Other events you'll find at the Brickhouse include bike rallies, autograph signings, model searches, and golf cart runs like the upcoming Golf Carts of Texas 3rd Annual Poker Run on April 30 (details at golfcartsoftexas.com). If you're worried about parking, never fear, valet parking is here!

The high energy and enthusiasm of the staff at Jackie's Brickhouse will ensure a worthwhile experience for every occasion. With so many different events and activities, you'll want to keep coming back. For a full menu, event calendar and details on all their specials, visit the Brickhouse on the web at jackiesbrickhouse.com.

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