Bricks on Lyons: SCV’s Best Kept Secret?

Bricks' chicken pesto panini.
Bricks’ chicken pesto panini.

Bricks on Lyons Avenue in Newhall opened last year to little fanfare. The former Taco Bell location—the red brick building, get it?—didn’t have great signage and not even a website to see exactly what was on the menu (besides burgers).

We’d heard some good things and some bad things about the place when it first opened, including service issues and pricey menu, so we waited to check it out. We’ve now been twice in the past month, and we’ll probably be back again.

The food is pretty darn tasty for the SCV—the burger with mushrooms, Swiss and onions and the chicken pesto panini were favorites. The regular French fries and sweet potato fries were thin cut and freaking delicious. But the use of King’s Hawaiian rolls was off-putting to others in our party. “Too much bread” was the chief complaint, but carb lovers won’t mind. We haven’t ventured to try the sushi menu (served only certain hours) because we wonder a) where do they make it? and b) sushi seems so out of place next too a place that serves garlic aioli fries.

What’s pretty amazing though is that Bricks has a great craft beer menu (including Chimay) and really thoughtful wine selection (we spotted an Educated Guess cab in the mix).

Now, it is a little higher-priced for the Valencia area. A burger, soft drink and basket of fries (to share) can set you back around $15, but that’s comparable to some of the gastropubs in LA.

While we didn’t have any complaints about the service, we do have issues with the seating. Bricks seems to be very popular at lunch and dinner and seating can be at a premium during rush hours. We wish they’d ditch the big booths and just do community tables like Wurstkuche in DTLA.

Next time we hit the Bricks, we’ll try their happy hour from 3-5 pm or 9-9.30 pm. Burgers are just $6 and hopefully the seating won’t be an issue.

23820 Lyons Ave., Newhall


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