We went over to BJ’s at Citrus Park Mall for lunch today.  A few of Loren’s friends said the food was good there, so we just had to check it out.  We started off with the avacado egg rolls.

From the description on the menu, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like them or not.  Besides the avocado, it had cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, pine nuts, and chipotle peppers.  It was all blended together to create a wonderful smoky, creamy filled egg roll.  I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like it.  And the tamarind dipping sauce was tasty too.

Timing wasn’t so good on the food though, we hadn’t quite finished the appetizer and our entrees came out.  Loren ordered the grilled chicken club.  He was still craving that bacon he didn’t get yesterday.

It was a nice sized sandwich with fresh avacado and bacon along with the chicken.  He liked it, but was full from the egg rolls, so ended up taking half of it home.  The crispy fries were good too.  I ordered the knife and fork meatloaf sandwich.

See the veggies on the side of the plate?  They were raw.  They were supposed to be steamed and a couple of them were, but the rest were completely raw.  The mashed potatoes and gravy were very good and the meatloaf was ok.  It was made with a lot of veggies and was a loose, rather than dense meatloaf.  I don’t think I’d order it again, but I ate half and took the rest home.

The service was pretty good right up to the point where the waitress spilled one of our drinks onto my purse.  Luckily, it wasn’t open at the time.   Total lunch ran us $34.  For a chain restaurant, the food was surprisingly good.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
8002 Citrus Park Town Center
Tampa, FL
(813) 852-1910

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
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