Brick & Tin
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I recently had the opportunity to explore restaurants in the downtown area for lunch. My recent treat was Brick & Tin on 20th & 2th North. Their name describes their interior perfectly, doesn't it? It was casual and lovely.
The downtown lunch crowd was beginning to slowly disperse as we arrived. The menu selections had been perused before arrival, but there were a couple of special additions to consider. The soups of the day were mushroom and butternut squash; the seasonal side was couscous with balsamic vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables; desserts, apple and caramel bread pudding or chocolate bread pudding. Ding. Ding. Ding.
I chose the Tuscan sandwich - freshly baked bread with mushrooms, fontina cheese and arugula - that was melted to a perfected deliciousness. My side choice of their simple salad, consisting of mixed lettuces and sherry vinaigrette, was an excellent complement. My companion chose their classic salad - homemade ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, garlic croutons - with the addition of free range chicken and a cup of their butternut squash soup. These were given an excellent review as well.
In fact, they were so good that we almost passed on dessert. Almost. Thank goodness for half portions! They were already out of their apple and caramel bread pudding but the chocolate bread pudding was scrumptious. I mean, seriously, how could it not be? It is probably a good thing I don't live close to this!
For a full menu, visit Brick & Tin's website. All sandwiches are under $10. When in Birmingham, check it out. I guarantee you'll enjoy the food, as well as the atmosphere. I'll be going back as often as I can.