Brick & Spoon
3524 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
June 15, 2013
Mimosa Trio – [$10]
Blackberry Infuse Mimosa - house champagne, fresh squeezed OJ, infused with fresh blackberry juice | Pineapple Infused Mimosa – house champagne, fresh squeezed OJ, infused with fresh pineapple | Mango Infused Mimosa - house champagne, fresh squeezed OJ, infused with fresh mango
Roasted Corn, Crab, & Sweet Pepper Crêpe – [$13]
Lump Crab, Roasted Corn, And Sautéed Sweet Peppers Stuffed In A Crêpe. With house made cheese sauce. Served with ‘PommeFrites’.
Grown Up Grilled Cheese - Grown Up Grilled Cheese – [$8.5]
Fried Egg, Pecan Smoked Bacon, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Smoked Gouda And Monterrey Cheese.
A few weekends ago, Jamie & I made plans to try out the newest brunch spot in Lafayette, Brick & Spoon. I had seen a few instagrams of their giant Bloody Marys and was dying to try it. Life intervened and we had to postpone our lady-brunch until this past Saturday. While we had both heard of it, we had no clue where it was. We each plugged in the address to our GPS and then we both decided to ignore those directions – thinking we had some sort of idea where it may be. If you know exactly where Brick & Spoon is located… well, aren’t you fancy. If you don’t, take our advice and simply trust the GPS or iPhone. It’ll definitely save you some time.
I got there first – around 10:15 am – and put our name in for a table. The dining area and the wrap around patio were both packed so I expected a wait. The hostess station (the entire restaurant actually) operates on the latest technology. The hostess took my name and phone number to plug into their iPad and told me there was a 20 minute wait. I literally had just enough time to instagram the takeout menu before I got a text that my table was ready.
Just as our waitress Kelley was bringing my water, Jamie arrived and we began looking over the menu. In my anticipation, I had looked over the menu on Brick & Spoon’s website and didn’t look any further than the Roasted Corn, Crab, & Sweet Pepper Crêpe. But sitting in the restaurant, I must have changed my mind at least 7 or 8 times. Everything looked so delicious! Just as I’d think “usual brunch fare” as I read over the descriptions, a twist or single ingredient would make me stop and consider ordering it. But in the end, I settled on the crêpe. Jamie decided on the Grown Up Grilled Cheese – which features pecan smoked bacon. Finally! Something other than “applewood smoked.”
Kelley took our orders on a iPod Touch that’s outfitted with a card reader. Each server has one and uses it to refer to the menu, take orders, and process the bill. As we waited for our entrees to come, our drinks arrived. Jamie had ordered a cappuccino and I got the mimosa trio. I selected the blackberry, pineapple, and mango infused versions. They arrived just as a wine or beer flight would – miniature versions all lined up begging to be sampled. While they were all pretty yummy, my favorite was the mango infused mimosa.
Our food came pretty quickly despite the restaurant being packed. Both entrees really delivered – hot, flavorful, with that perfect unexpected twist. When I asked Jamie how her grilled cheese was, I got a head-shaking, wide-eyed, mouthful “sooo good.” I’m always a bit wary of ordering crab at restaurants because a single missed shell can really throw off a meal, but I can’t say enough about the texture of my crab filled crepe. The crab was perfectly lumped (no shells!) and mixed in with roasted corn and sweet peppers. The overall texture was delicate and melty, but not mushy.
As we ate, our waitress checked on us several times and we were checked on by not one manager but two. I had heard a few rumblings of slow service or not enough attention, but that definitely wasn’t the case on our visit. When our checks came, Kelley used her hand held device to ensure our bills were correct. We gave her our cards and she processed payment right in front of us. She turned over the device. We had the option of keying in our own tip amount or choosing from a preset 15%, 18%, or 20%. I’ve read a few negative comments about this online – people feeling pressured with the server standing over them as they tipped. But I have to say, I really didn’t mind. In Europe, many restaurants use the table card readers so that the customer’s card never leaves their sight. In the age of identity theft and lost cards, I can see this trend catching on.
My only complaint, if I had to find any faults, would be in the dining room atmosphere. The dining room is pretty dimly lit. If you have trouble reading menus or want to take some photos, I suggest asking for a table near the window or outside on the patio. While I didn’t have any trouble seeing the menu, all the photos I took were extremely dark and had to be edited heavily. Lighting aside, our first visit to Brick & Spoon was fantastic. Jamie and I are both looking forward to heading back with friends and getting to make our way through the rest of the menu items.