by Maria Costello – Public Relations Coordinator at Artpark

If you’re longing for the days when summer barbeques took place every weekend…during these dog days of winter – the food is the closest you can get.

Located in Lewiston, just seven miles north of Niagara Falls, The Brickyard serves up the best BBQ around! I recently visited my favorite pig out spot with some family visiting for the holidays. This place has such a great atmosphere, their menu is extensive and the prices are more than reasonable.

We had to start out with some of the wings. These are not your traditional Buffalo wings- in fact they don’t even have a “hot, medium or mild” option. These wings are slowly smoked in a wood-burning smoker giving them such unique flavor that dousing them in hot sauce would be a crime (and not very tasty). We picked the “House Rub” option- you could also go with “BBQ” but we will get to that later. The House Rub is a dry mixture of different spices and sugar that gives the wings a spicy, with a hint of sweet vibe: Amazing!

When it came time to order, I fell back on an old standby. I almost always order “The Traditional.” This is a combo platter featuring three of the Brickyard’s finest smokehouse samplings – St. Louis style ribs, sliced brisket, and pulled pork. The ribs were meaty, the brisket tender, and the pork just melts in your mouth. The house barbeque sauce takes this plate to the next level- sweet with a bit of a kick. This platter comes with your choice of two sides. I chose the mac n cheese and the beans (baked beans, there aren’t many veggie choices at this joint). Needless to say, I had left-over Brickyard for lunch and dinner the next day.

The Pub area of the restaurant turns into quite the night spot on weekends. With more beers than you can shake a stick at, I’m not surprised. Imports, local beers, and at least 15 drafts you’re bound to find something you like.

My family and I had a blast, ate a ton of great food, and caught up with old friends. The Brickyard is definitely worth the trip.

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