Full barstools. Not surprising. But, full highchairs too? There’s never an empty seat in this place. What a wait! But, well worth it. This new hot spot in Folsom has the whole community lining up down East Bidwell for its good eats and new brews. Welcome to Folsom, BJ’s! Looks like we love you!
BJ’s is a Chicago Pizza style restaurant with an appealing menu boasting an array of creative dishes; fun changes off of the beaten path. The walls, bar, artwork, and glass garage-door room dividers are exciting to take in. It’s a beautifully crafted atmosphere. It’s exciting to see who’s hanging out at BJ’s when you get there and try to make your way to a table. Another moment of excitement is had with the tray of samplers ordered from the bar. A rainbow of beer colors presented to you on a brew house map, definitely navigate your way to the one that boasts hints of chocolate tastes and aromas! That is one great brew! (My favorite.)
The staff is full of energy, energy and smiles. Friendly and ready to make your visit pop, they’ll recommend the pork ribs as their most popular item, or they’ll suggest the nachos or egg rolls because they too, never disappoint. The menu seems as if it was strategically designed to present diners with more than just something to order from; it’s like an intriguing taste bud safari you’ll want to take in different directions each time you come in. And, it’s good value. The prices are pretty reasonable and the servings robust. For dessert everyone who’s anyone orders the pizookie. It’s a pizza cookie with ice cream on top. Served in a deep-dish pan, like a pizza, you get to choose your toppings: White chocolate chips? Milk chocolate chips? Macadamia nuts? Hold the pepperoni on this one!
BJ’s is a lot of fun. Come early and come often. This place is a keeper.
2-person meal: (entrées, appetizers, and drinks): $25-45
Style of food: American with diverse influences from around the globe
Overall rating (out of 5): 5
2730 East Bidwell Street
Folsom, CA 95630
review by Ellen Powers