On a recent trade show trip, we unintentionally ended up eating our evening meal here two nights in a row. The problem with International Drive restaurants, specifically the ones that don't take reservations, is that it is impossible to get seated without a lengthy wait unless you arrive before the traditional dinner hour. The night of our arrival in Orlando, we just happened to stop in here around 6:30 and our party of 4 was seated promptly at one of their comfy couch tables. The place was hopping by 7:00pm.
The next night we were joined by two colleagues and we were a little later getting going. Calls for reservations at the last minute for 6 proved impossible unless we wanted to eat at 8:30 or 9:00, but a chance phone call to the Brick House got an offer to hold a corner table for us, so off we went.
This is definitely pub atmosphere, a long bar at one end in a large, open dining room with very high ceilings. A fireplace along one wall was blazing and the aforementioned tables with couches are an unusual sight in a chain restaurant. Because of the large, open space inside, it does get noisy.There is also outside seating
The menu is not extensive, but has a nice selection of apps, sandwiches, main course salads and dinners, although definitely heavy on the meat. A few vegetarian choices were available in the apps, pizza, salads or soup. None of us had beer, which is too bad, because I think their variety is appealing for those who do. They did offer reasonably priced wine.
The first night selections included one onion soup, two sliced tenderloin main dish salads, mahi mahi which came with a salad and a huge head of brocolli served with a yummy sauce and the Steak Frites special for Tuesday, which was sliced grilled hangar steak with a green peppercorn sauce and fries.
The next night we were a little hungrier and started off with the Greek meatballs - 5 large lamb and beef meatballs sitting atop crostini with a dollop of tzatziki sauce and garnished with arugula and an order of fried olives, stuffed with sausage and brie, breaded and fried. Both were stupendous. For main courses, we had a variety. Two had the grilled halibut, another the grilled chicken main dish salad, a burger, unusually shaped into an oval and served on a hoagie-type bun, mahi mahi again, deviled eggs and mac and cheese. Everyone liked their food, except for a comment that the halibut was overcooked, which I find generally the case for seafood preparation in Florida. All in all, the food is well presented, promptly delivered and tasty.
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