Attention coffee snobs and creative cuisine connoisseurs: if you haven’t made an appearance at the Bricks of Ybor City you’re tricking yourself out of a delightful treat. Mellow industrial accents and a smiling alternative staff lift your spirits when you walk through the door. The laid-back atmosphere and playful menu of this establishment is inviting and comforting, yet professional and simple. Yellow daisies complete each centerpiece, adding a fresh note to your experience. Vegetarian friendly and classic mash-ups will send your appetite soaring in a new direction.
If a caffeine fix is what you crave, the Bricks will bring your coffee daydreams to life. Aside from traditional brews scored locally from Kahwa coffee roasters in St. Petersburg, the specialty lattes are an undeniable pick-me-up. Starting at $3.75 a cup, amazing flavor combinations like the George Washington Carver peanut butter chocolate double shot latte will make your taste buds sing.
If you’re in the mood for something exotic, add a little spice to your life with the El Guapo, a cayenne and agave double shot latte.
It’s universally known that a mediocre appetizer can spoil an entire meal. Avoid starter heartbreak by ordering the olive tapenade. A decent portion of tapenade made up of assorted minced olives, baby capers and garlic is a refreshing way to sate your hunger. Served with parmesan toasted pita slices to complement its salty notes, this plate will only run you $4.50. If olives don’t appeal to you, go for the Bricklayer, a tiered dip with cheddar, smoked mozzarella, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, jalapenos, avocado cream and a house-made salsa served with tortilla chips- add chicken, pork or shrimp for $3.
Assorted grilled cheeses, a deluxe peanut butter bar and a plethora of sandwiches cast a unique setting for your stomach’s expectations. The $9 Bird and Pig sandwich, a Brick house favorite, offers roasted chicken, bacon, brie and crisp apple garnished with agave nectar on Hawaiian sweet bread. It’s a small celebration in your mouth. The Portabelly sandwich, consisting of a balsamic roasted portabella cap, spinach, shallots, peppers and smoked gouda served warm on a baguette, is an $8 ingredient to the recipe for happiness.
The Blackened Ahi BLT was subpar, pepper-crusted tuna served on Hawaiian bread reenacted World War II in a true flavor struggle, neither of them surviving the battle. For $12 the menu should state that the tuna is served sliced, a minor but valid disappointment. The tuna would have better sufficed featured on the Spinach salad rather than hiding under sweet bread.
Dip into dessert with the Pitamonkey, a $6 plate of sliced banana, brie and raisins finished with a raspberry drizzle and toasted herb pita. If you’ve tamed your sweet tooth, indulge in the distinctive drink menu, crafted especially for you by the Bricks staff. Join the Bricks in its happiest hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for discounted drinks.
Located at 1327 E. 7th Ave. in the heart of Ybor City, the Bricks opens every day at 11 a.m. to serve up their famous Brickfast. You can thank the Skatepark of Tampa for
opening this hip café in the historic district.
Melissa Santell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.