I am a creature of habit especially when it comes to dining out. I’m the girl that always orders the same thing at restaurants, not because I do not want to try new items, but simply because when I like something I tend to stick with it. So when my mom’s group Los Angeles Mommy Blogger Tribe decided to have our next meeting at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House in Woodland Hills I was all for it since I had my go-to food items that I love there. I frequent BJ’s often, and like I said earlier, always order the same food items. I love their Chimichurri Herb Roasted Chicken. It comes with sautéed green beans and sweet potato fries but I substitute it with their rice pilaf and asparagus. I can tell you every time I order it, not one morsel is left on the plate. What I love most about this dish is that it does not leave me feeling overstuffed so I always have room for dessert. You cannot go to BJ’s and not try their Pizookie! It is a cookie baked in a deep dish pan topped with ice cream. The best part is they have about 14 different variations so there’s one that everyone will like. And if you’re still not sure which one to get, you can always try the Pizookie Trio, which is my favorite because you can customize it to your liking. Oh writing this makes me want to go get one right now but since it is only 9:15 in the morning I guess I will have to wait until lunchtime.
As I mentioned, I was heading over to meet with my blogger moms and excited to have my usual food items. To my surprise, BJ’s already had some food items in mind for us to try, family-style since they were hosting us. This would be my first time experiencing new food items there and I was actually excited about it. As all of us bloggers chatted about what new things we had learned and what was not working for us, we were given some appetizers to go with the drinks we had ordered. On the table sat a Loaded Nacho with Tri-Tip which consisted of crispy corn tortilla chips with housemade Sriracha queso and melted Jack & Cheddar cheese. It was topped with housemade guacamole, fire-roasted salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, and jalapeños.
Next to it was the Best Beginnings Appetizer Combo with Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Mozzarella Sticks, Avocado Eggrolls and Boneless Wings with Root Beer Glaze.
I was pleasantly surprised at how light and delicious the Loaded Nacho tasted. I thought it would be heavy but it wasn’t. The Spinach and Artichoke Dip was really good with the nachos and so were the Avocado Rolls. I didn’t get a chance to try the Mozzarella Sticks and Boneless Wings but I am thinking they were pretty tasty as they disappeared quickly.
With our appetizers, some of us enjoyed cocktails such as the Ultimate Patron Margarita, Sparkling Sangria, Pink Cadillac, and the Strawberry Mojito. I decided to try a Taster Set of BJ’s Beers: Lightswitch Lager, Blonde, Hefeweizen, and Oasis. Highly recommend it!
Nothing tastes better with beer than BJ’s Brewhouse Classic Tavern-Cut Pizza and it does not disappoint. It’s a traditional Chicago pizza on a thin crust topped with pepperoni, mushroom, Italian sausage, and BJ’s signature five cheese blend.
Next came out the Kale Brussel Salad made with baby kale with roasted brussels sprouts, crispy romaine, chopped red onions, fresh blueberries, sweet red grapes, dried cranberries with goat cheese crumbles, chopped cucumbers, candied pecans, toasted pepitas with a strawberry vinaigrette. The salad was a perfect mixture and tasty. The next two items they brought out were from the NEW ENLIGHTENED Menu and was surprised how good they were.
The first was the Blackened Chicken Zucchini made with blackened chicken breast, zucchini noodles, red onions, fire-roasted red peppers with a creamy alfredo and San Marzano marinara sauce, sprinkled with green onions and parmesan cheese.
I especially liked the Lemon Herb Chicken and Asparagus Zucchini Noodles with herb-roasted chicken breast with asparagus, zucchini noodles, seasoned artichoke hearts with red onions, tomatoes in a creamy lemon herb sauce sprinkled with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. This dish was so good and light that I will be ordering it again along with the Baby Back Pork Ribs. Their ribs are so flavorful and slow roasted overnight seasoned with Big Poppa Smokers’ Sweet Money Champion rub, then slathered with BJ’s Peppered BBQ sauce and a choice of 2 signature sides.
Last was the new Bistro Burger made with a fire-grilled beef patty with applewood smoked bacon with caramelized onions, fresh sweet tomatoes, spinach, pickled red onions, topped with goat cheese crumbles with roasted garlic aioli served on a Parker House bun and served with fries. I personally did not try this dish but it did get devoured super quick.
For those with younger children, BJ’s has your typical children’s menu, but they also have a nice selection of healthier food options such as broiled shrimp served with fruit, create your own pasta, and chicken breast served with broccoli. They did bring out some samples so the mama’s with younger children could taste them. They got mommy approved!
In the end, we all agreed that BJ’s is a family-friendly restaurant with something for everyone. And it’s new renovation with rustic decor and lighting makes for a great atmosphere. Thank you BJ’s for providing a venue for our meeting and letting us taste your delicious food. I, for one, will be back again but this time ordering not my usual.