Brick American Eatery (Brunch)

We had the distinct pleasure of trying Brick a few months ago on a whim.  It was a really good whim.  This cute little family-owned joint is in a great part of South Philly, where parking is easy and the folks are pretty friendly, too.

The Drinks

This place has bottomless bloody marys at brunch.  That’s why I chose it, and it was a darned good decision.  The Marys just kept coming (especially because we sat at the bar) and they we tasty. Holly was the only one drinking since I had a caffeine headache so I kept to the coffee which was serviceable, though nothing to write home about.

The Food

Holly: South Philly Skillet

This was the perfect hearty breakfast.  It was full of savory sausage, grilled veggies, and cheese and it all mixed very well.  it tasted like something I would make at home, which usually isn’t appealing to me when i am paying for it in a restaurant, but Brick feels like a place where home-style cooking is exactly what should be served.

Josh: Country Omelet

I couldn’t make up my mind and wussed out on getting the stuffed french toast w/baileys and the chocolate waffles because I was afraid they’d be too sweet so I got this omelet which was good sized and as a bonus came with toast (multi-grain) and little side cup of mixed fruits.

Current Brunch Menu

The Design

Absolutely nothing to praise, but nothing to criticize either really. An approachable place with lots of brick walls (as one might expect).

The Service

They seemed to be fairly busy in the small dining room so instead of waiting half an hour we sat at the bar that had only 2 people at it instantly. The bartender had good service and we got to hear some interesting stories as she talked with her coworkers.

The Receipt

Very affordable. These weren’t the best Bloody Marys ever, but they were bottomless and our food was reasonably priced for the quality and amount we got.

Our Ratings

Drinks: Bottomless Bloody Marys will always get a 5/5

Food: 4/5

Design: 3/5

Service: 4/5

Budget: 4/5

Overall Experience: 4/5

Will We Visit Again?

Maybe.  It was a really cute place.  It will probably be a good place to check out for dinner with friends sometime.

Restaurant Website

Federal Donuts – 2nd Location Preview!

Stand aside Krispy Kreme, you have met a match that cannot even be met. Philly’s very own quirky chicken ‘n’ donuts joint is opening a second location TOMORROW (10/3/12)! There are no other words but Hawesome.

We have been frequenting the original FedNuts location in South Philly since they opened, and although we will probably continue to visit the original, a new Fednuts will open its doors soon at 16th and Sansom in Center City.  Josh wins everything, so he got chosen to sample some free donuts and chicken during their dry run on October 1st -and since he could “Bring the chicken to his friends, but not his friends to the chicken” I got to wait in the car and cry tears of sadness while he got to shmooze with the coolest fast food place around.  Then I ate the food with him when he came back, so my tears were short-lived.  Here’s what we think of the new flavors!
Donuts!

Turkish Mocha – The fresh donuts are always my favourite because of the texture, and this one was no exception. A great combination of not-too-sweet with chocolate/coffee flavor.

Strawberry Fennel- I didn’t really like this one, and Josh was torn between getting vanilla spice and strawberry-fennel as the 2nd fresh flavor to sample, but ultimately decided to go with strawberry-fennel because it was the more adventurous of the two. Josh enjoys fennel, but not fennel seeds themselves, and thankfully they did not use whole fennel seeds in this, so he throughly enjoyed the sweet and savory combination.

Maple Bacon – The fancy donuts are usually a bit too sweet for my liking, but how could I pass up on a combination of my favorite animal and my favorite sweetener? (I am a Vermonter, after all).  It was not too sweet, thankfully, but I still wish there was more bacon flavor.  Tasty breakfast in a single baked good!

Lemon Bar – FedNuts donuts are always delicious but sometimes their donut aspirations don’t always live up to their inspiration. Lemon bar does not suffer this fate: it had the right balance of sweet lemony flavor with a nice bitter taste at the end just like a real lemon bar. Interestingly, the lemon bar donut was actually less sweet than its bacon-y friend, which we both enjoyed.

Chicken!

We opted for the Cowboy coffee spice blend, which was a great kind of tangy, bbq-esque flavor which went great with the fried chicken.   I can’t wait to try dill pickle flavor upon another venture!  I am excited for the new chicken flavors at the CC Federal Donuts, since we have just about exhausted the menu at the original, and although it’s always good, it’s just not as exciting anymore.  The truth is, we were in a stale relationship with Fednuts, and this new location is exactly what we need to “spice up”(pun intended) our romance.

As always Fednut delivers the tasty.  I wish parking were easier, but this place is going to be bananas when it opens.  Good luck donut-seeking friends who try to get in tomorrow!

Visit their website for more info.