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There are not too many places in Amish country where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail. In fact, there is only one place in Sugarcreek where you can enjoy this type of beverage.
We headed to Brick Towne Tavern for lunch. Upon entering, we were surprised by the sports bar-like scene before us. A long, shiny bar with polished metal bar stools lined the front of the Tavern. A lighted display of cocktails and large flat-screen TVs set the mood for a most unique dining experience in Amish country.
Along the far wall was a row of tables and benches, which we casually sat ourselves in. Ohio State Buckeye pictures and memorabilia covered the walls and the ceiling had been painted to reflect an Ohio State football field. As we scanned around the room, we noticed a pool table in an adjacent room which completed the relaxed mood of the tavern.
"We have a laid back atmosphere," said Irene Schwartz, manager. "We have a great family oriented atmosphere during the day."
We scanned our menus, which were designed to carry on the Ohio State theme, and noticed a very large variety of food items. The appetizers list included wings, jalapenos, nachos, quesadillas and cheese triangles (we decided to try these.) Salad lovers can indulge in club, chicken, steak and taco salads and meat lovers can sink their teeth into the Brick Towne Burger, hot dogs, sandwiches, subs and more.
Soups, wraps and a small selection of seafood can also be found at Brick Towne Tavern. I chose to order one of my favorites, the buffalo chicken wrap. The buffalo chicken wrap includes grilled or fried chicken topped with lettuce and cheddar cheese, a choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressings and wrapped in a white or wheat wrap. I chose fried chicken with ranch dressing in a white wrap.
My co-worker chose to try something on their new Southwestern Cusine menu and ordered a chicken burrito. The southwestern menu also offers tacos and enchiladas all with either beef, chicken or steak. Each dish is served with Spanish rice, refried beans, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a choice of red or green Southwest Chile Sauce.
The Chile used comes from New Mexico, which is where Schwartz grew up and made Chile with her family. Like most of the food, the Chile sauce is homemade.
While waiting on our meal, we were able to share a casual conversation, as it was peaceful around this time. We noticed how well maintained and clean the place was compared to many other bars we had been in.
"When I go in a restaurant, I like it to be clean," said Schwartz. She shared that she has received many compliments on how clean the tavern is, making it very welcoming and friendly for families and social gatherings.
Our cheese triangle appetizers arrived first, which we discovered were similar to a mozzarella stick, just in triangular form. We tried both the marinara and pizza dipping sauces with it. These were a great snack to get us excited for a big meal to come.
Once our food arrived, the delicious smells got the better of us and we dug right in. The buffalo chicken wrap had just enough spiciness to it and the chicken was delicious. The large size made it very filling and enough to take home for seconds.
My co-worker received a heaping pile of delicious Mexican food. Lettuce, tomatoes and Chili sauce oozed over her warm chicken burrito. She also enjoyed a spicy meal, but also found herself getting full fast. Both dishes made for a delicious and satisfying lunch.
After lunch, I talked with Schwartz to find out more about the history of Brick Town Tavern.
The Tavern has been in the area for many years, but has been passed through many business hands along the way. The current owner purchased the business just six months ago.
Once the business was purchased, the staff set to work on creating a new theme and remodeling the tavern to reflect the Ohio State sports bar-like feel. Schwartz liked the idea of having the tavern and being a place where the locals and travelers can stop in for a good lunch or dinner and a good cocktail.
"We are the only place that you can get liquor in the Sugarcreek area," said Schwartz. Many appreciative repeat customers stop in for a cool drink and the casual atmosphere to wind down after work. Others discover the tavern while out traveling and are excited to stop in for a meal and a drink.
The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. for those looking for a late evening meal and specials are served up daily. Monday and Saturday are $1.50 burger days; on Tuesday, beef tacos are $1; Wednesday is wing day; Friday is fish and shrimp specials and "Fiesta Sunday" means specials on the Southwestern menu.
Brick Towne Tavern is also happy to have Dottie Fletcher on staff as the Tavern cook. As a cook for the previous owners, Fletcher has a lot of connections with the locals and serves up some of her specialty dishes; homemade spicy eggs and pickled eggs.
Brick Towne Tavern is often the gathering place for birthday parties and even bachelorette parties. A Touch Tunes jukebox, billiards and an occasional D.J. on Tuesdays makes Brick Towne Tavern a perfect stop when enjoying a night out on the town.
"We have a great cliental and a great staff," said Schwartz. Come in, grab a drink, have some food and enjoy the social scene with a great group of people in Sugarcreek. Brick Towne Tavern is located at 980 W. Main Street, Sugarcreek. Hours are Mon-Tues, 11 a.m.-midnight; Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sun, noon-8 p.m. For more information call 330-852-2403 or check them out on facebook at www.facebook.com/The-Brick-Towne-Tavern.