Charleston’s Bricks & Barrels Restaurant
Bricks & Barrels is a newer, upscale eatery in Charleston, West Virginia. It is right across the street from Appalachian Power Park. The brick building housing the restaurant looks super cool and offers free, convenient parking. Inside, Bricks & Barrels is beautifully decorated with a very creative flair. Table tops are made of oak barrels, which is both trendy and fun. I was impressed from just walking in the door.
I sat at the bar while waiting for my friends and enjoyed a Peach Pom-Tini cocktail. Though the drink was pricey ($10 for Charleston standards seems a bit much), it was definitely tasty and worth every dime. Bonus, it made for great pictures and blew up my Instagram account. Bricks & Barrel’s bar staff was friendly and attentive. Kudos on the drink menu options and craft beer selections. They were unique and attractive.
Friends Pama and Sean arrived and we were shown to our table, which sat smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. Bricks & Barrels’ menus looked expensive and elegant; I liked them immediately. We started our evening with a beautiful Charcuterie Board. Our heaping platter contained a selection of gourmet meats and cheeses, grapes, olives, mustard, and jelly. It was a tasty and filling option; we had no problem finishing it. The presentation had some thought put into it which my foodie friends and I appreciated. The three of us had a difficult time deciding what we wanted for dinner because everything sounded really good.
A Superb Selection of Main Courses
Before our meal arrived, I tried Bricks & Barrel’s Wedge Salad, one of my favorites. The crispy, chilled iceberg lettuce was dusted with diced tomatoes, crispy bacon, and blue cheese crumbles. Then the salad was smothered with a fabulous house-made Peppercorn Ranch dressing. It was epic!
We chose the Australian Lamb Chops (3 large ones), Chilean Sea Bass, and Fried Green Tomato Napoleon for our dinner. options My Napoleon plate featured a small Filet Mignon (the steak size could be upgraded) which sat on top of perfectly fried green tomatoes. The Napoleon was layered with pimento cheese, a heavenly tomato jam, and drizzled with balsamic. YummY! Essentially, it was my favorite foods rolled into one! I commend Bricks & Barrels’ chef for this original Napoleon creation. My foodie friends were both equally impressed with their meals, as well. The Lamb Chops were tender, juicy, and exceptional.
Too Stuffed for Dessert: My Loss
I was too full to indulge in the dessert, but my friends shared a slice of cake and coffee. All of Bricks & Barrell’s desserts sounded wonderful, I really missed out.
My dining experience at Bricks & Barrels was thoroughly enjoyable. The only downfall for me was sitting in the middle of an open room; sound carried badly and I felt a bit out of sorts. With the elegant look of the furnishings and foodie inspired/priced menu, I would have preferred a more intimate setting. Have you dined at Bricks & Barrels yet? What were your favorite dishes?
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