Barbeque restaurant opens in midst of pandemic

Charlotte McLaughlin, Art Director

Barbeque restaurants have never been my first choice when picking somewhere to go out and eat. I usually find it messy and uncomfortable eating those types of foods in public. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Beach Avenue BBQ.

Beach Avenue BBQ recently opened a couple of months ago on 3453 Grand Blvd. in Brookfield. It sits right on a roundabout and has plenty of parking down the street. 

When I walked in, I immediately smelled a smokey, barbeque flavor. It wasn’t overpowering; it was actually very pleasant. There were two carts full of wooden logs on both sides of the entrance, which I thought was a nice touch. The interior followed a color scheme of primarily earthy tones, and I thought that it fit the vibe well. All of the seats were very hard, though, and uncomfortable to sit on—especially after sitting down on Zoom calls all day. They also played very mellow, calming R&B music.

The first part of my order included the pulled pork sandwich ($9) and a fountain drink ($2.25). The pulled pork sandwich only came with sauce on the side and no other sides. To me, that was very underwhelming for $9. The food was good, though, and the pulled pork didn’t fall apart. It was very moist as well but didn’t soak the buns. The plain barbeque sauce was sweet and strong and almost tasted like honey barbeque. 

I also ordered the small mac and cheese side ($4) because the large side was $9. It included large, twirly noodles and had bread crumbs on top. Unlike the pulled pork, they were very soft and fell apart more easily—which didn’t bother me since it was in a bowl. The cheese wasn’t as smooth as it is in conventional mac and cheese, but it didn’t bother me at all. 

Their menu is fairly limited right now, but they are experimenting and working to incorporate new items for the future. When I went there, they were testing out brisket quesadilla options and gave me one for free. It was very thick, which I liked, and nothing fell out. I could also really taste the brisket flavor along with the cheese. I would definitely buy this if it was on the menu in the future.

They have outdoor seating, indoor dining and delivery. There was no indication of what capacity they allowed people in at, but there was only one other person in there at the same time as me on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Each of their workers are also required to wear masks and gloves. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I think that once this restaurant gets more experience under its belt, their prices will lower. A lot of the items on their menu are overpriced for what they give you, but they are very flavorful and don’t fall apart or get too greasy. I would definitely come to eat here again but only for the occasional outing. I recommend coming here with your family for a casual barbeque dinner if you’re ever looking for a new place to try out.

Paws: 4/5