This week, Birmingham held it’s very first Restaurant Week! The event lasts for nine days, ending this Saturday. There were so many places I wanted to hit up, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the week was full. I managed to steal Jonathan away for a lunch date downtown at a new place I’d been dying to try since I saw Jason’s mention of it on his blog (and the Bham mag blog, Good Taste): brick&tin.
There are three different price levels for BRW: $10.10, $20.10, and $30.10. brick&tin had a menu option in the lowest pricing tier, and it included a sandwich, a side, a (non-alcoholic beverage) and a cookie.
I went with the provence panini, with roasted farmer’s market vegetables, pesto, extra virgin olive oil and goat cheese. For my side I had the butternut squash soup, and my cookie was a shortbread sandwich with muscadine jam.
Jonathan chose the new orleans, with salami, capicola, mortadella, provolone and olives. (It was basically an attempt at a muffuletta, but as I’ve said before—nothing can compare to Central Grocery in NOLA.) On the side, he had a cup of tomato soup and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Atmosphere: I really, really liked this place, inside and out. I love going to eat in downtown Birmingham because it makes me feel like I’m in a “real” city, and brick&tin did not disappoint.
The exterior was very cool, and the inside was just lovely, with exposed brick and a lunch counter/bar.
Even the bathroom was fancy!
Food: My sandwich was delicious, but it fell apart when I tried to eat it. The cheese was creamy and tart, and the pesto was nutty and sweet. The veggies were cooked perfectly. The squash still had a bit of a bite, and the other mysterious veggie (eggplant?) had a great flavor, even if it was slightly mushy. The soup was FANTASTIC! Creamy, smooth, sweet…perfect. I enjoyed my cookie later at my desk. The jam was sticky and sweet, but the cookie part was just okay. Not bad, just not standout awesome.
Jonathan gave the sandwich a resounding “mmmm.” While it was no muffuletta, it was still tasty. The tomato soup was nice and tart. I didn’t get to taste his cookie, but he also gave it two crumb-coated two thumbs up.
Something else I loved about this place: They use local ingredients!
There’s even a source guide available. Very cool, brick&tin. Very cool.
Does your town have a restaurant week? What sort of places do you normally hit up?