First impression review: Bierocks, Brats ‘n BBQ

A Philly cheesesteak, left, a bierock, top right, and homemade chip pieces.

A Philly cheesesteak, left, a bierock, top right, and homemade chip pieces.

I needed lunch to go today, so I decided to swing through the drivethru of the new bierock restaurant — Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ — that opened last week in at 1225 w. Douglas in Delano and stirred up a lot of interest on this blog.

I’d heard good things, which did not surprise me because owner Mary Hansen makes food each year at the Kansas State Fair, also known as food utopia.

I ordered a brown-bag special, which included a beef-and-cheese bierock, a serving of homemade chips in a bag and a tiny Coke for $5.75.

The bierock was tasty, with a nice homemade crust and a flavorful cabbage-and-meat filling. I wish I had some spicy mustard for dipping, but I couldn’t complain otherwise.

The homemade chips came in a brown paper bag, and by the time I got back to the office, the grease had seeped straight through. They were super salty and super tasty, though they were broken in teeny tiny pieces that were hard to eat, sort of like they’d come from the bottom of the bin.

The Philly was a mess, in a good way. Wrapped up in foil and covered in Cheez Whiz, it had to be eaten with a fork, but I enjoyed every salty bite of the onion/mushroom/pepper/steak pile.

I’ll definitely return to try a brat and some of the other specialties. An added bonus: The restaurant takes credit cards, which its predecessors did not.

Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.