Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Phoenix sits an enticing restaurant with a seductive menu to match. Dark wood tables, leather lounge chairs and armoires attribute to the restaurants intimate scene. Hanging vintage chandeliers and deep red curtains transport you into another world. Feet away from the numerous downtown sky-scraper buildings resides the restaurant Brick in the Arizona Center.
As a Southern California native and new resident to the Phoenix area, my search for the perfect balance of comfort, fun and good food seemed never-ending. This search came to an end, however, when I discovered Brick after a girl’s day luncheon.
It was a Sunday afternoon. The three of us were ready to satisfy our appetite for girl talk, good times and good food. The Arizona Center, tucked away in the corner of the busy downtown streets, sits like a small cluster of buildings of a Lego city ― precisely placed to contrast itself immediately from the humdrum of office buildings, commuter commotion and work-day rush. We walked into the center, and I found myself immediately transported to another world, an eclectic world of food shops and activity. The choice of restaurants was endless. There is a restaurant to satisfy every taste bud: Greek, Mexican, American, Japanese, Italian and so on.
We pondered what to eat for a minute and found ourselves at the entrance of the seductive restaurant that sits tucked away in a corner of the center. Brick sits with its doors open, offering a peek into a different dimension. Dark red velvet curtains line the brick walls of the restaurant, and deep red candle votives adorn the mahogany tables. Vintage chandeliers and vivid art give the place a contemporary, yet warm feel.
We were seated at a corner table near the outside patio with a view of the center’s fountain outside. The menu made our mouths water, and I spent a while deciding what to order. Offering everything from salads and sandwiches to calzones pizzas and burgers, the menu is as enticing as the atmosphere. Brick also hosts a hip and savvy bar, which offers an extensive selection of wine beer and infused drinks. It was lunch on a Sunday afternoon, so I decided on a calzone, my first ever, and a glass of sweet Moscato to accompany it. I was blown away not only by my dish, but that of my friends as well. They indulged in their pizzas and wine until their stomachs were content. The atmosphere was warm and comforting, so our girl talk came with ease over our delicious food. The restaurant is set so that every party is intimately connected, and the setting allowed us to hold our private conversations without being deprived of good service.
Brick’s menu offers a variety of food and drinks to satisfy every taste bud. The restaurant aims to offer patrons a relaxed atmosphere without feeling rushed and an opportunity to enjoy a delicious menu without breaking the bank. The restaurant in The Arizona Center is perfect for afternoon luncheons, big group get-togethers, intimate dates or even just a quick escape from the chaos of the city. Being only a block, literally, from everything I do in the city, any chance I get, my inner hippie and I find a way to escape to Brick.
Where: Arizona Center, 455 N. Third St., Phoenix
Price: $$ (from $5 to $15)
Contact: (602) 258-3665