Review: Decatur’s The Brick Deli & Tavern

Brick signMy friend Seth wanted to meet for lunch this week and suggested Decatur as a meet-up point. Locally based food guru Christy Jordan plugged Decatur’s The Brick, particularly its Banjo Picker sandwich, awhile back on her Southern Plate website. Our destination was set.

Downtown Decatur is a pleasant place with old brick buildings and clean streets. The Brick occupies one of the–yes, you guessed it–brick buildings, with exposed brick and ductwork on the interior. A stage sat idle in the corner awaiting their live music nights. For early lunch it was already busy; we grabbed a table by the large windows.

I went with Jordan’s recommended Five Finger Banjo Picker sandwich with Polish sausage, Swiss cheese, and kraut on toasted rye. At Seth’s suggestion I substituted the standard side for a cup of their Wisconsin beer cheese soup. We also couldn’t resist trying the banana pudding.

Brick Banjo Picker

They were all solid choices. The sandwich was flavorful and tangy, the soup creamy and tasty–an excellent choice on a cooler day. Banana pudding is a standard for the area. The Brick’s version, although not spectacular, won’t leave you disappointed. The serving is not large so is a nice dessert option when you don’t want anything too heavy.

If you find yourself in Decatur give The Brick a try. Their menu offers plenty of options for explorations. It will be worth your time.

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