A little taste of home at Brumby’s in Santaquin
From the spurs and chaps on the walls to the antler chandelier, the moment you walk into Brumby’s you know that you are in a Western establishment. When we sat down, I heard a Johnny Cash song come on while I looked around at the pictures from local rodeos and horse round ups. I fell in love with the country feel of the restaurant. I honestly didn’t want to leave after my meal was over. Brumby’s captures the feel of Santaquin. It has character. It has a soul. And I love it.
We started our meal with one of my favorite foods of the night, colossal yard bird wings. Wow. I don’t know how they get wings so meaty and juicy while making the outside so light and crispy. The showstopper is the root beer bbq wings. Yes, I did say rootbeer bbq. Mmmm. Just the right blend of sweet and spice and moderately addictive. The yard bird wings also come in teriyaki (quite delectable) and hot (I wasn’t brave enough to try it but my father-in-law Bob started sweating). And the yard bird wings came with ranch (creamy and smooth) and blue cheese (I normally don’t like it but it was the perfect compliment to the wings). My mother-in-law Marcia remarked, “Nothing is better than listening Willy Nelson while eating root beer wings.”
Now for the main dishes. Nick ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork, which came with fries (more about those in a moment) and coleslaw. The pork was tender with a tangy BBQ sauce. The fries. Sometimes you get stuck with some cafeteria style undercooked mushy fries. These had just the right amount of crispness while still having that soft warm interior goodness.
Bob got the scorpion quesadilla, which would win best in show for presentation. A tortilla filled with gooey melted cheese, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, and juicy steak. The creamy ranch dipping sauce was a perfect compliment to the flavors. Marcia got the Rueben sandwich, which came on marbled rye with pastrami, swiss cheese, and some pretty dang delicious sauerkraut. My mouth is watering just writing about it.
John got the daily special, the Santa Fe Burger which came with red peppers, grilled onions, cheese, and a pretty delicious sauce. Debbie ordered the French Dip sandwich. I am a huge French Dip fan. This one left nothing to be desired. The roast beef was delicious and just the right thickness (not so thin that you feel like you are eating lunch meat and not too think where it is just overwhelming). The au jus was divine. Overall, it was a pretty delicious combination with those oh-so-delicious fries.
Now for the star of the night. Chicken Fried Chicken. Not chicken fried steak. Chicken Fried Chicken. Mmmmm. It is a chicken breast with a light, crispy crust served with a generous helping of creamy red mashed potatoes with skins and these carrots that are just tender and buttery. This is my comfort food. If I want home cooking and to get that warm, fuzzy good food feeling, I am going to order the chicken fried chicken. It is like getting a hug from your grandma while eating fried chicken. So if you are looking at the menu trying to choose between all your options, just go for the chicken fried chicken, your stomach will thank you.
I really enjoyed my evening at Brumby’s. The people are friendly and genuine, the atmosphere is country and welcoming, and the food was delicious. So get in the car and drive down to Santaquin for some down home country cooking. You won’t want to leave. I didn’t. Brumby’s is located at 340 E Main Street in Santaquin. Phone: (801) 754-5941 . Hours: Tues-Thur: 11 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sat: 11 am - 10 pm.
BBQ Goodness with a side of addictive fries.