You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Dexter Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:
Overview: The Red Brick Kitchen & Bar is the new kid on the block in downtown Dexter, having opened officially in September 2010. However, its prime location, kid-friendly atmosphere and budget-friendly prices make it make it a good fit in Dexter’s laid-back downtown.
Decor: With only 12 tables and a handful of seats at the bar, the Red Brick isn’t equipped to hold large crowds, but the size is more suitable to the neighborhood pub feel that it is going for.
The Drinks: Beverages range from non-alcoholic drinks at $1.25 to $1.75, to a selection of white and red wines ($26 to $30) and seasonal and domestic beers ($3.25 to $4.75). The restaurant also offers a selection of specialty martinis for $8.
Appetizers: The Red Brick includes a wide selection of appetizers including fried pickles ($3.99), stuffed poblano peppers ($7.99), jumbo chicken wings ($8.99) breaded, fried and tossed in a homemade hot sauce (or on the side if you prefer) and a side of bleu cheese, onion rings ($3.99) hand-cut and breaded in-house, and a shrimp cocktail ($10.99) featuring five jumbo shrimp chilled served with lemon and a homemade tequila cocktail sauce.
Entrees: Some of the Red Brick's favorites are the 10 ounce sirloin seasoned and grilled to order and topped with maitre d' butter ($16.99), a thick cut pork chop seared and baked, topped with roasted zucchini and squash and a side of redskin potatoes ($14.99), and eggplant parmesan ($12.99) featuring alternating layers of eggplant, fresh mozzarella and portobello mushrooms topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese served on a bed of angel hair pasta.
Alternatives: The Red Brick also has a kid's menu featuring chicken tenders, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese pizza, spaghetti, and butter noodles.
Service: Wait staff is quick and courteous even when the restaurant is busy.
Signature Dish: BLT sandwich