The Brick Bar and Broiler
Review by KandN with TracyLee
The Brick Bar and Broiler occupies a prominent corner downtown on Liberty and State. So it's surprising that I lived here so many years before I even noticed it while driving through town. I guess I was paying more attention to the traffic. Growing up in a small town made Salem seem like a metropolis to me.
"Are you kidding me? Three whole lanes all going in the same direction?! Like I don't have enough to do looking for addresses?!"
After 17 years, I think I finally have the knack down. ;>)
I mentioned The Brick in a twitter conversation with another Eatsalem.com fan last week. We decided to meet there for lunch on the following Saturday. Part of it was wanting to try their food, part was wanting to meet Sushicats and the last was seeing how it would work to use Twitter as a way to meet up. If there's interest we think it will be a fun way to gather eatsalem fans at a local eatery.
The hour for our "blind date" approached. Since it was Saturday, we were prepared for a couple of trips around the block, but N and I lucked out - someone backed out of a parking spot right across the street. We entered The Brick on the bar side and walked through looking for our tweet-up couple, hoping that eye contact would be the clue. We decided Sushicats and her N weren't there yet and found a table for 4. The two of us chatted and browsed the menu, wondering how long to wait before we ordered. (We're so new to this!)
And so after tweeting that we had arrived and waiting a scant 6 minutes, we went ahead and ordered lunch. I ordered the Turkey Dynamo and N ordered the Prime Rib sandwich - both of us asked for the garlic, rosemary fries. Our sandwiches were delivered promptly. My sandwich was was hot off the grill, with a crunchy exterior. The turkey was generously sliced. I loved the addition and just right quantity of the baby spinach, but wish the tomato slices had been wee bit thicker and the mayo spread thinner. I enjoyed my garlic, rosemary fries and yet wished there had been a little more rosemary. All in all it seemed like good "pub grub" with friendly service. Their menu has a long, delicious sounding list of burgers and sandwiches, along with a nice selection of appetizers and salads.
Tracylee, AKA Sushikats here. Over the years, I've spent many happy hours at The Brick, but only eaten there a few times. I've always been impressed with the number of items on their menu that someone as picky as me can choose from.
I ordered the Garlic Swiss Dip with Cottage Cheese, and my N ordered the Oyster Sandwich with Rosemary Garlic Fries, and a Dead Guy on draft. The service to the point of the food being served was reasonably paced. The first thing I noticed was the minimal amount of au jus that was served with my dip. I made do. The second was that I didn't get any silverware with which to eat my cottage cheese. Luckily, K's N hadn't needed his fork, so I used it. We did have to ask for napkins. Melissa, the waitress, seemed to be handling most of the tables, but still had time to chat with some regulars. My sandwich was quite tasty, but N declared his meal to be "ordinary".
There's plenty to look at while you eat and visit. The inside of The Brick is loaded with a variety of beer advertisements and paraphernalia - busy and colorful. Tables for 2-6 line the exterior wall and a higher table made for 10 or so, occupies the area between the bar and the tables on the exterior wall. An adjacent room, on the Liberty side, is open to minors. Everything appeared clean yet well used. I imagine it's a hopping place on Friday and Saturday nights.
105 Liberty St. NE