Dogbrick (639) Columbus, Ohio | June 10, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
(Visited 12/2008): Brown Derby Roadhouse, which evidently is neither a Brown Derby nor a Texas Roadhouse, is located right off OH-18, less than a mile from I-71 in Medina. They have a fairly good sized private lot.
The exterior and interior both look like any chain Roadhouse/Tumbleweed type place. Lots of wood, cowboy stuff, orange neon, peanut shells, etc. The only thing that gives this establishment away as a brewpub is the equipment viewable behind glass from the dining area. The bar is to the right with the majority of the place devoted to table seating.
The beer selection consists of 5-6 Roadhouse beers with an equal number of guest taps from the likes of Victory, Thirsty Dog, Bluegrass, Leinenkugel and Hofbrauhaus. The house beers are the standard Light, Red, Wheat type offerings plus a seasonal or two. The beers are average at best across the board. The beer is available in 5-glass samplers for $5.00.
Service was pretty good on a Friday early evening. The server didnít know a whole lot about the beers, but was helpful in providing samplers and outlining their own beers.
The food here is decent but overpriced. My chicken/ribs combo was along the lines of other restaurants like this.
Overall I am skeptical that a brewpub fits in with the motif and clientele here. I did not really see anyone else drinking the Roadhouse beer on my visit. However I hope they can keep it going as it is good to see them trying, and having some decent guest beers to boot. Worth a quick stop on the way to or from Cleveland if nothing else.