BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse ‌-‌ ‌Grossmont‌ ‌Center,‌ ‌La‌ ‌Mesa‌ ‌|‌ ‌Restaurant

You are going out to dinner with your family or a group of friends, but where should you eat? One person is craving a juicy burger, while another wants mouthwatering pizza. Some people need to order something light because they are watching what they eat, while others are clamoring for a delicious dessert. Do you want to relax with a glass of wine or frothy beer? And if there are kids in your dining party, well, that can be a tall order to please their finicky palates. Lucky for you, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will make everybody happy!

In 2019, BJ’s marked its 20th anniversary of serving customers at Grossmont Center. During that time, the restaurant has been drawing crowds with its wide-ranging menu (featuring more than 120 items!), tasty food and beverages, and friendly customer service. (And we can’t forget the world-famous Pizookie®, BJ’s killer cookie-ice cream dessert combo!)

“We’ve been so fortunate to develop a really loyal clientele here at Grossmont Center over the years,” says Sean Brabosa, BJ’s senior manager. “We get college students, families, older adults, and people who work in the area and come here for lunch and happy hour drinks. We enjoy getting to know our customers, and we take pride in serving them great food—we want people to consider BJ’s one of their favorite restaurants and keep coming back again and again for a reliably terrific meal.”

It is wise to come to BJ’s with a hearty appetite because the menu offers a multitude of options. Start a meal with an appetizer that can be passed around the table, such as the Crispy Zucchini Strings, Loaded Nachos, or Spinach and Artichoke Dip. If you prefer, you can opt for a soup or salad opener; try the Piranha® Pale Ale Chili or House Wedge Salad.

Now you are ready for the main dishes. BJ’s built its reputation on its signature deep-dish pizzas with their light, double-proofed crusts and tangy sauce. Build your own, or try one of BJ’s creations, such as the Gourmet Five Meat Deep-Dish Pizza, topped with housemade meatballs, pepperoni, smoked ham, applewood-smoked bacon, and Italian sausage. 

Also popular are BJ’s variety of handcrafted burgers cooked to order. For a filling meal, nothing beats the Loaded Burgers. For instance, the Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe Burger boasts bacon and guacamole, of course, as well as pepper jack cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and chipotle mayonnaise between a Parker House bun. Other burger choices include Mushroom Swiss, Crispy Jalapeno, and Hickory Brisket and Bacon. All burgers can be accompanied by a side dish, such as fries, a baked potato, house salad, coleslaw, mixed fruit, or white cheddar mashed potatoes. 

Other main dishes include sandwiches, with choices such as the Brewhouse Philly, Nashville Hot Chicken, or the Classic Prime Rib Dip, and classic pasta dishes such as Shrimp Scampi or Jumbo Spaghetti and Meatballs. BJ’s also serves up fantastic entree selections. One of the most popular is the BJ’s Brewhouse Blonde® Fish ‘n’ Chips, with cod fillets dipped in a delectable batter crafted with the restaurant’s own Brewhouse Blonde® beer and lightly fried, accompanied by fries and tartar sauce made in house. 

BJ’s wants everyone to feel at home when they come to dine here, which is why the chain has created special menu options for people with dietary concerns. There is a gluten-free menu; even the famous pizzas can be made with a gluten-free crust! And the restaurant has rolled out EnLIGHTened Entrees®, featuring menu items that are low calorie, vegetarian, or that accommodate food allergies and sensitivities. With choices such as the Salmon Quinoa Bowl, Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos, and Pacific Poke Soba Noodles, customers can enjoy healthy meals that are packed with flavor. 

Plus, even the pickiest of kids can find something they’ll gobble up at BJ’s. The kids’ menu includes Mini Corn Dogs, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Boneless Wings with Root Beer BBQ Sauce. Alternatively, if you need to squeeze in dinner between after-school activities and homework, order BJ’s Family Feast to Go, which serves six and consists of a large pizza, a choice of entree, a salad, and six garlic knots.

For adults who dine at BJ’s, there is nothing like chasing down a burger or pizza with a refreshing beer. The restaurant’s house label brews have won awards for their craftsmanship and outstanding taste. BJ’s offers 11 signature beers and ciders on tap plus a rotating selection of 10 seasonal beers offered throughout the year. If beer isn’t to your taste, there are plenty of wines, fountain drinks, flavored sodas, lemonade, tea, and coffee drinks. 

Finally, there is dessert—and if you are a Pizookie® fan, you probably think we saved the best for last! This dessert is a must-order item at BJ’s. The original Pizookie® is a piping-hot, deep-dish chocolate chip cookie crowned with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. It is hard to imagine improving on perfection like this, but BJ’s has done it by offering twists on the original that include different types of cookies (sugar, peanut butter, white chocolate macadamia nuts) and toppings (chocolate ice cream, caramel and hot fudge sauces). It is a satisfying end to a great meal!

The BJ’s restaurant at Grossmont Center has a warm and welcoming ambiance, where eating a meal or enjoying a beer is pure fun. That tone is set by the personable wait staffers, who work hard to make the BJ’s experience a positive one for every customer. That is why it is a great place for gatherings, whether it is happy hour or a buffet for a large party. Don’t have time to dine out? You can take BJ’s home with you, thanks to takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup service. So the next time you have to plan dinner for everyone, come to BJ’s and put a smile on everyone’s face. Before you go, check out BJ’s promotions page for deals and discounts to make your meal even more appetizing!

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