But I was there to try Brio – there’s another of these down at Newport on the Levee which I’ve been to a few times. It’s a little pricey and slow for lunch – so we don’t go too often.
I really can’t remember what my drink was but I asked if they had Sweet Tea and they didn’t – but they did say they could do this drink for me. It wasn’t an Arnold Palmer – but it was something like that – I think it was Peach Tea + Lemonade. It was DELICIOUS!!!! I had like 3 of them!
We started with bread – I don’t really like those cracker things – but what I do love is the butter. It’s soft and comes topped with crunchy sea salt! Yum!
First up – they had us try EVERYTHING on their Bar Menu. These start at $3.95 which is really affordable – I was definitely up for some little apps all around.
First up was my favorite of the night – Crispy Tuscan Tots ($3.95) – fried golden brown and stuffed with mashed potatoes, bacon and mozzarella then served with a side of Srircha mayo.
These were totally my favorite – I mean fried bacony, cheesy balls of mashed potatoes – Bravo Brio! I didn’t even need the mayo. Yum!
Next up – Beef Carpaccio ($3.95) – this was fine. I don’t mind the raw beef – it just didn’t have a lot of flavor.
We also tried their flatbreads – this was the Margherita ($3.95) – I preferred this one. Thin & crispy with fresh mozz! And also – check out all these for $3.95! I mean – you could share a few of these for lunch! What a deal!
Housemade chips & balsamic onion dip ($3.95). I love balsamic vinegar but didn’t love this dip. It wasn’t bad – I just didn’t love it with the saratoga chips. The chips were great though – super crispy.
Here’s the Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread ($4.95) – it was good and had ricotta, provolone and mozz but I liked the Margherita better.
The Tomato Mozzarella Salad is always a great choice ($4.95) – this definitely reminded me of my own Caprese Salad recipe. The fresh mozz is so different than pizza mozz – delicious!
They also had a Chef’s Feature menu that had some wine, entree and dessert options for us to try.
One of the folks at our table tried the Shrimp Mediterranean ($16.50) served on Orzo pasta. This looked really good and she liked it a lot.
I went for the Filetto de Manzo Toscano with a Crab & Shrimp Cake ($34.95 for 8 oz filet). This was served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. The mashed potatoes and vegetables were fine – but a couple of bites in I just saved them for Larry.
The crab & shrimp cake was really good – but I’m a sucker for crab cakes – they’re always delicious. This was nice because it didn’t have a lot of junky fillers and was very crabby.
My steak was a perfect medium rare – I have said may times – I like my cow to moo and moo it did! This was a great steak. The 8-oz portion was big too – I ended up saving half the steak to go with the potatoes and veggies for my husband’s lunch the next day.
They also have a pizza bar area that I totally want to sit at next year. You can have your whole meal there – and hang out with the guy making pizzas. I love watching people cook so that will definitely be my spot!
We also got to try their full-sized desserts like cheesecake, chocolate lava torte, tiramisu and an apple & walnut crostada. The tiramisu was good but the chocolate lava cake was my favorite by far. The thick brownie-like texture opening up to an oozy thick chocolate fudge – then topped with super creamy vanilla ice cream- DELIGHTFUL!
They are also building these apartments right next to everything – what a fun place to live! There would be no reason to go to the grocery store ever!!!
They have a big lot that you can park in for free but the closer spots have meters. The nice thing is though – the meter money goes to charity – so then you’re paying for good! I like that!
Now that you have seen a sample of their menu – let me know what you’d like to try and you could win a gift card to Brio for yourself!
Thanks again to Brio for inviting us!