Monday, June 21, 2010

Lunch at Brushmark

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

The Brushmark has introduced its new lunch menu for the summer, and a few coworkers and I went to check it out.

Eating lunch at The Brushmark is a delight — not only because the restaurant is conveniently located, with plenty of parking, and has natural light pouring through its giant windows, but also because walking through the Brooks to get to The Brushmark makes me feel like I’m stealing away from work for more than just lunch.

And their new summer menu makes them even more enticing.

We started off with some simple salads ($4) ...

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... and The Brushmark’s signature Peanut Soup ($4).

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We each ordered a different entrée from the new menu, except Greg who ordered the cheeseburger (a holdover from the old menu). Sigh. You can lead a horse to water…

Anyway, I could see why Greg chose the Donnell Century Farms Angus Beef cheeseburger ($12) because when it arrived, it looked like this:

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Which is to say that I considered grabbing his plate and bolting. The cheeseburger comes with aged cheddar, applewood bacon, roasted garlic mayo, and — the best part — cornichons. (Cornichon is French for “gherkin.” They are small, tart pickles and they’re perfect.)

Michael had the crepe of the day ($9), a pair of chicken and spinach crepes nestled in a small oval dish.

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Susan had the Vegetarian Pan Bagnat ($9) — which no one could pronounce, so ordering it amounted to little more than mumbling and pointing. The bread was nice and chewy, and held up to a tangy mix of tapenade, red onion, egg, tomato, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

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I opted for the Mushroom-Feta Ravioli $12) ( with sweet pea-scallion salad and soy-mushroom broth. It was delectable.

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We had dessert too, but that was gone before the camera made its way out of my bag. Next time, we’ll try out the Chickpea Panisse with chickpea fries and pesto yogurt, or the roasted Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, with summer mushrooms, field peas, sweet peppers, arugula and warm bacon vinaigrette. And Greg will get the cheeseburger.

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