Brick’s Smoked Meats






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on January 10, 2018

BBQ…it is a southern thing!

Perhaps no food type is more American and universally loved than BBQ. With its long haul origins firmly established in the South, BBQ has evolved with many variations, preferences, and styles.

With a late spring early summer 2017 opening, Brick’s Smoked Meats brings Texas style BBQ to downtown Sarasota. Brick’s offers the distinctive characteristics of Texas BBQ. In particular, slow smoked, dry rubbed brisket, along with other ‘cue favorites. Brick’s offers a timeous twist on traditional Texas favorites. Opened daily for lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the menus are large and include all the expected smoked meats, but does offer a limited number of vegetarian options as well as salads.
For our meals we chose the following:

Smoked Cauliflower: $4 HH
We love cauliflower so this appetizer held great promise for us. Unfortunately it did not quite meet expectations. The cauliflower was a bit dry and the texture a bit tough. The barbeque sauce helped a bit, but overall disappointing.
Texas Nachos:  $4 HH
The perfect companion to the house Margarita. House-made nacho chips. Heaped with avocado, pickled onions, queso, baked beans, guacamole, pulled pork. Perfect for sharing. Great value!
Bacon Burnt Ends:  Better than bacon.  $7.99
A definite treat…like caramelized candy. Sweet, chewy deliciousness.
Smoked Poblano Queso:  $4. HH
Another great bite for happy hour. Creamy and rich, with a little bit of heat.
Pitmaster Daily Slider:  Brisket with mac and cheese sauce.  $4
A very clever idea for happy hour. Great flavor combination. Another great companion to a frost craft beer and/or Margarita. A warm up for your meal.
Smoked Wings:  6 Wings, BBQ or Spicy $8.99
Meaty and moist; not overly spicy…finger licking good.

Avocado and Shrimp Ceviche:  $6
Don’t be fooled by the look. It may appear as guacamole but it is definitely ceviche. With a nice kick.
Hill Country Cobb:  Romaine, chicken, house smoked bacon, black beans, egg, tomato, cotija, avocado, creamy tortilla dressing.  $10.99
Plentiful, fresh. Perfect for someone who prefers greens.
Brick’s Burger:  $9.99
A non-smoked burger, unusual for a BBQ oriented menu. An outstanding version, cooked to temp, just the right amount of char. A winner!

Two Meat:  Ribs and brisket. $15.49 Includes 1 cold and 1 hot side. (We chose pit smoked beans and the red bliss potato salad.)
The dry rub formed a great coating. Very lean meat, but still very moist. No sauce required. Tad salty. The sides provided a great accompaniment.
Turkey Breast Platter:  $11.99 Includes ½ pound of meat and 1 cold side and 1 hot side. (We chose Lone Star caviar and State Street corn.)
Lone Star caviar is a bean salad, cool and refreshing. State Street Corn is creamy with a slight hint of heat.Turkey was a non-traditional ‘que surprise to find on the menu. It was moist for turkey, not too salty. Great alternative to traditional ‘cue.

Brick’s Smoked Meats offers a full bar service, an adequate selection of craft beer, wine, and soft drinks to accompany your meal. Their happy hour is perfect for a late lunch or early dinner or just drinks after work!

Originally set up as a quick serve, open seating restaurant, Brick’s has recently changed from open self service to hostess and table service. We think this change makes for a better dining experience. It is most welcomed. As a result, the service staffs are very friendly, fast, attentive, and efficient.

Southern comfort food served in a casual, relaxed, bright, and friendly setting. What can be better? Get your ‘cue!

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SRQ Insider Tips

Try Brick’s B-Fast Breakfast Sandwich! Only available Saturday mornings, 9-11, during the Farmers Market. Having a party? Tailgating? Group of friends coming over for the big game? Brick’s can customize a catering menu that is just right for you. We attended a party which used this service and it worked out very well.

SRQ Restaurant Details

Breakfast: N/A

Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Late Night: Friday - Saturday 5:00 PM 12:00 AM

Entrées: $9.49 - $15.99

Reservations: Yes

Open Air Space: Yes

Address: 1528 East State Street Sarasota, Florida 34236

Phone: 941-323-1942


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1528 East State Street Sarasota, Florida 34236

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