Recently we decided to try Brick Kitchen & Bar on High Street in Carlisle for dinner. As the academic year came to a close, students watched as the building was transformed into a modern, open oasis with cozy window seating areas, a square wooden bench bar and spacious outdoor patio. We chose to eat on the patio, a hidden gem through the back of the restaurant, where restaurant-goers look back on the façade of the building with tall windows and minimalistic chandelier lighting. We had no reservation, and although very busy, we were seated in under five minutes.
Our server was efficient and friendly, delivering our appetizers of roasted beets ($8) and parmesan meatballs ($9) right on time. The roasted beets are served on a bed of mixed greens with crumbled goat cheese and lightly caramelized walnuts with a balsamic based drizzle, and the two very large meatballs are house made with a light tomato sauce to top. Our mains, the Hawaiian chicken kabobs ($16) and fish tacos ($9), were well-portioned and extremely tasty. The pineapple and soy glaze add a punch to the kabobs, which are complemented with the citrus and herb noodle side salad. Be prepared to ask for Brick’s secret recipe yum-yum sauce if you order the fish tacos, it is tangy, spicy and a must with the dish! The menu is thoughtfully planned out, easily fitting for lunch or dinner, including a separate selection for Sunday brunch. The Asian chicken salad ($9), which I have had for lunch, pairs basil with the spicy peanut vinaigrette for a refreshing spin , fresh grilled sundried tomato crusted salmon ($16), baked brie with a cranberry glaze ($11) and the steamed in-house lobster roll ($11) have quickly become town favorites. As students, another friendly-priced addition to town is always welcome, especially as the restaurant is just two short blocks from campus!