I had the opportunity to dine at Bankhead Brewing Company soon after they opened in October 2016. As a huge fan of Zanata’s in downtown Rockwall, I had eagerly been awaiting the opening of this new brewpub. In my humble opinion, if Kevin and Al Lefere (from Zanata’s) had anything to do with this new place, I figured it would be another hit. I think I was correct!
Bankhead Brewing Co. is named after the Bankhead Highway which stretched 850 miles across Texas at one time. (The highway also ran from my hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee!) Parts of the original highway bridges can be seen in Lake Ray Hubbard off of Highway 66. The logo and decor follow this theme throughout the restaurant.
If you find yourself in Rowlett in the near future and are ready for a delicious meal, check them out. They are located on Main Street in downtown Rowlett – very close to the DART station and George Bush Tollway. Parking is conveniently located on the front and side streets.
The new building is well-designed with great lighting, modern furniture & fixtures, and lovely stained concrete floors. Tables are large, roomy, and comfortable. There is a lively bar area (with television screens), cocktail tables for two, large tables for four, and several high tables and stools set up for eight to ten people. There is also a nice outside dining area with large picnic-style tables and window box type greenery. Several interior windows look out from the dining area into the brewing area and the large silver tanks. The noise level is energetic. Dining is casual and good for couples, friends, groups or families.
Service has always been very attentive the times I have dined here. My biggest problem is always deciding what to order! The cocktails are always delicious and there is also an impressive wine list. The craft beer is always a hit and the available brews change from time to time. I suggest trying one of their beer flights which is served in a metal tray with 5 four-ounce goblets (see photo above). Choose your favorite 5 to try! They will be labeled on your tray and the cost is $2 to $2.50 per sample ( IPA, stout, wheat beer and fruit/spice infused flavors are just a few on their list). Bankhead’s food menu is very diverse and has something for everyone: appetizers, salads, pizza, meat loaf, fish & chips, sandwiches, burgers, pork chops, ravioli, etc. They also have a weekly appetizer and an entree special. Some of my favorites to date have been the beer sriracha cheese soup, the grilled cheese & brisket sandwich, seasoned fries, and bread pudding.
I think this new restaurant is a great addition to downtown Rowlett. Kudos to the the management and I think your hard work will pay off. I am already looking forward to my next visit so that I can try some new drinks and menu items. Please check Bankhead Brewing Co. out if this blog has peaked your interest. I hope I will see you there soon!
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