Went to Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera- just opened in the site of the old Izzy's, next door to Book Passage bookstore.
Food: Overall, very tasty, kind of crowd-pleaser food. Not super subtle or elegant, but delicious. Here's what we had:
- duck confit pizza, which had carmelized onions and fontina, it was great, very crispy nice chewy crust, duck was very tender, perfect balance of flavor with the cheese & sweetness of the onions.
- little gems (basically caesar) salad- nice sized portion, very fresh greens, great dressing. delicious.
-halibut with spring vegetable mix and bread crumbs- super tasty, especially for a non-fish lover- very meaty, rich, delicious.
- short rib grilled cheese sandwich & tomato soup- as good as it sounds, though also as heavy and maybe a little bland, i'd like a sharper cheese in it.
Drinks: Great cocktail menu (most $9), well-made drinks, good beer & wine list.
Atmosphere: A lot of outdoor seating- some tables, some more loungey- overlooks the parking lot, but otherwise nice. Indoors feels very lively- bar on the left as you walk in with ample seating at the bar and lots of tall bar tables. We were there at 6:30 and it was packed. The rest of the space sort of rambles through a few different rooms, some light filled and modern, the one we were seated in was in the back, dark and sort of clubby feeling. I think it would be a fine place to bring kids, particularly the outdoor seating.
Service: Was a little slow, and a little confused. But not rude or unconcerned, and since they just opened i'm not going to pass judgement on that yet.
All in all good, tasty, good value, good addition to the southern Marin options.
Anyone else been there?
Brick and Bottle
55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925
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