Thursday, September 2, 2010


I first discovered Brickway (view the menu here) in high school and I remember thinking I was pretty cool to be eating brunch on Wickenden Street at a place that served lox.  My friend's mom picked up the tab which made the meal that morning even better.  Confession: I still feel hip when I eat brunch on Wickenden.  My friend Olga, her visiting friend Alicia, and I ventured out on a rainy morning last week to indulge in all kinds of breakfasty goodness and funky atmosphere.  Brickway delivered on all accounts.
Note: mural-covered walls, kitschy diner-type tables, ketchup squeeze bottle.  
Due to the rain I felt it imperative to order a hot beverage.  Not being a coffee drinker and not in the mood for tea, hot chocolate was my only option.  Certainly not a problem as the mug was as big as a softball, covered in whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.  My only complaint is that I think the chocolate drizzle was Hershey's syrup or something similar because it didn't have that authentic chocolate flavor, but that didn't stop me from finishing the cocoa before my meal arrived.  
As usual I agonized over my entree selection.  Should I order something sweet or something savory?  Something made mainly with flour or mainly with eggs?  Fruit or vegetables?  I wanted banana chocolate chip pancakes (one of the specials which I believe was called something like Monkey Madness) but my will power was strong and I ordered before Alicia and Olga to make sure I didn't change my mind.  The Sutton Place omelet was filled with chicken breast, melty cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and chopped potatoes and came with a side of seasoned homefries and buttered Italian toast.  As is typical for breakfast fare, the portions were huge and I was able to enjoy my meal again the next morning.  
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed my omelet I can say with certainty that the pancakes and breakfast sandwiches are divine.  In fact, I could go for the Brickway (an English muffin layered with a fried egg, bacon, and cheese... I know, totally basic but so good!) right now.  Maybe I'll have to take Matt out before our shoot on Saturday.  That is, as long as Hurricane Earl steers clear of Rhode Island.

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