Brick & Mortar – A Shining Star on the St Petersburg, FL Restaurant Scene 2017

Brick & Mortar – A Shining Star on the St Petersburg, FL Restaurant Scene 2017

Kevin and I visited Brick & Mortar last Saturday evening, September 30th. We arrived around 6:00 pm and the ever bustling restaurant was already on a wait for a table inside. One of the reasons we don’t go there more often is because they don’t take reservations. However, I was thrilled to learn they do now accept call aheads to hold tables. That will definitely change how frequently we visit. We were still seated fairly quickly and greeted by our favorite server, April.

Brick & Mortar was Voted #2 on our 10 Best Upscale Casual Dining Restaurants 2017 – Read it Here

We ordered a bottle of a recommended Rosé that we thoroughly enjoyed! I don’t believe that we have had a bottle there that we did not like. To start I was intrigued by the Ahi Tuna Tartare with Kimchi cucumber and Brussel sprout leaves. I love ahi tuna tartare, but I would venture to say, that with the addition of the kimchi cucumber and brussel sprout leaves, it is the best I have had in recent memory. Incredibly fresh and full of flavor! I couldn’t get enough of it.

Brick & Mortar Ahi Tuna Tartare
Ahi Tuna Tartare with Kimchi Cucumber and Brussel Sprout Leaves

I was not raised on beets, so they always looked gross to me…just because I had not ever tried them prepared properly. Now whenever I see a beet salad on a menu, I am always intrigued, especially if that salad is the brain child of Chef Jason Ruhe. So, next up is the Beet Salad. Not a bite was left on the plate. Kevin and I share everything and this one was a crowd pleaser on both sides. The beets were super fresh and had a great, silky mouth feel. I also love watermelon radish, not to mention how pleasing it is on the eye. The salad was balanced with the goat cheese and nuts and topped with a very light salad dressing.

Brick & Mortar - Beet Salad
The Beet Salad

For our entreé, and this is a difficult decision because there are many great items on the menu to choose from, we ended up going with the special of the night. I am so glad we did! It was a house made fettuccini with pine butter, shaved crispy mushrooms, egg yolk and shaved Bottarga (from Wikipedia: Bottarga is the Italian name for a delicacy of salted, cured fish roe, typically of the grey mullet or the bluefin tuna). We also added Shrimp to the dish, as we were given the option of adding a protein. I can’t say enough for how good this dish was. There is absolutely no question that the pasta is made in house! The difference is staggering!

Brick & Mortar Shrimp and Our Pasta Dish
Our unassembled dish.
Brick & Mortar - House made Fettucini, Pine Butter, Shaved Crispy Mushrooms and shaved Bottarga topped with an egg yolk.
The night’s special of House made Fettucini, Pine Butter, Shaved Crispy Mushrooms and shaved Bottarga topped with an egg yolk and added shrimp.

Yes, we have sung their praises before and we will sing them again right now! They have definitely earned their spot as the #2 restaurant in all of St Petersburg as voted on by local foodies!


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Brick & Mortar
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  • Rated 4.6 stars
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  • Brick & Mortar
  • 727-822-6540
  • Contemporary, New American, Seasonal Cuisine
    • Tue - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    • Wed - Thu 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Fri - Sat 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • 539 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

A Contemporary New American style restaurant with a few Indonesian and Spanish touches.

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DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey & Mahika do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

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