Lengthwise Brewing Company is one of those local spots in town where you are sure to enjoy yourself any day of the week. Even on a Wednesday.

Lengthwise’s newest location on 7700 District Blvd. is a brand-new 15,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant that even has a patio area with games. The local brewery has expanded its selection of beers and its impressive food selection leaves you wanting everything on the menu, which in this case, is completely acceptable.

APPETIZERS

Chris Wilson on the calamari rings: I was served a full basket of rings that were dusted and fried Italian style. They were crispy with a tender, well-done center. The calamari had great flavor with the seasoning complementing the squid. The appetizer is served with a side of cocktail sauce.

Gary Carruesco on the garlic stinky fries: This is a staple of Lengthwise and a must when you come here. When our server brought them out, what I smelled held true to their name. But when you bite into them, you realize why they are so popular. There is a perfect blend of garlic and melted gooey Gorgonzola that melts in your mouth with every bite. I highly recommend these for anyone with an appetite for flavor.

Anthony Galagaza on the mighty fine artichokes: I have to admit I was a little leery ordering artichokes that are fried. While I enjoy fried foods, I felt artichokes may not be the best route when it comes to this vegetable. But boy was I wrong. They came piping hot and once I bit into my first one, I was hooked. These fried artichokes were full of flavor – they are ale soaked and hand battered, crispy outside and tender inside emitted tremendous taste without taking away from the natural flavors of the artichoke itself.

Drake Massey on the fire fries: I am a big fan of most anything spicy. The fire fries arrived hot and crispy, which is just the way I like them. The house seasoning was spicy, but not overwhelming. They came with a ranch dressing and the “AV” sauce for dipping. The AV sauce was off-the-charts HOT. I would only recommend this for the “big boys.” Delicious nonetheless.

ENTREES

Michael Bowers on the stinky chili macaroni and cheese: This is everything you could ever need and want. The homemade chili is outstanding. The amount of flavor in the meat is like none other. And to top it off, the mac and cheese that is nestled under the fries is the perfect combination to the chili.

Gary on the tri-tip sandwich on Italian bread: Mike McCarthy, our server, bragged about how tender the tri-tip at Lengthwise is so I had to give it a try. He was right! The meat was so tender it just about melted in my mouth. It was paired with grilled onions, red peppers, cheese and spices that created great flavors. It came with a basket full of fries, which were cooked and seasoned to perfection.

Drake on the deep-pit beef sandwich on jalapeno focaccia bread: The pit beef was extremely tender and flavorful. It had a slightly sweet taste to it, probably from the hint of yellow onion and celery that was used as part of the seasoning during the slow-cooking process. The soft focaccia bread had sliced jalapenos and cheddar cheese baked into the crust. Between the sweetness of the meat, the spice from the jalapenos and the sharpness from the cheddar cheese, the flavors all blended to perfection. This sandwich was outstanding and it paired well with an IPA beer.

Anthony on the fish tacos: You get the choice of either ordering three tacos with no fries or two tacos with fries. I chose getting the three tacos. They were presented in a soft flour tortilla filled with cod and a cabbage blend. The tacos were topped with cheddar cheese and a spicy homemade creamy salsa dressing. The batter on the fish was crispy and seasoned well, while the fish retained its moisture. The taste was savory and definitely a great choice for those with a penchant for tacos of all types.

Chris on the chicken artichoke salad: I consider myself a salad connoisseur and this is one of the best salads in town. The salad comes with grilled chicken, breaded artichoke hearts, cheddar, Jack and Gorgonzola cheese, and roasted corn on a bed of iceberg and romaine lettuce. The overall presentation was colorful and it accentuated the different layers of flavors. And let’s not forget about the homemade southwest dressing and salsa that top this salad.

DESSERTS

Gary on the root beer float: Before I left the house, I asked my kids what I should try for dessert and they unanimously said a root beer float. The Dudes were given samples of Lengthwise’s homemade root beer when we first arrived and it was like nothing I had ever tasted. The root beer is paired with Dreyer’s vanilla ice cream and it’s the perfect combination.

Anthony on the deep-fried Twinkies with ice cream: OK, really? How can you go wrong with Twinkies and ice cream? It was a substantial portion of three Twinkies lightly fried and topped with maple and cinnamon syrup, served with a cold scoop of vanilla. It’s an awesome cold-and-hot combination. When you blend the two, it is something that should be reserved for a day of over indulgence. But beware: Such a combination may lead itself to a food addiction. 

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