| CRAIG CHADWELL & MICHAEL MOFFO
WE HEARD THAT THE old Red Brick at the corner of Gates and Bruck Streets in Merion Village was getting a makeover. George Stefanidis, the owner of Easy Street was investing time, love and a boatload of cash into the Red Brick renovation. Even knowing George, we were skeptical. The place used to be a real dive, after all.
About a month ago, our friends Rob and Stacia asked us to swing down to meet them at the new Red Brick Tap & Grill for a beer and some food. Having already had dinner, we went for the beer. We were elated to find 30 beers on tap, some of which even we had not yet sampled. We quickly took care of that.
Stacia was enjoying the Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese when we got there. Kindly, she offered to share. This, kids, is where the obsession began. Anyone can serve good beer, but few pair it with amazing, top-of-the-line bar food.
We quickly made plans to visit again.
On our next of many trips, we had more of the appetizers. Crostinis, Chicken Bites (a chunk o’ chicken, a jalapeno slice wrapped in bacon, all drizzled with sauce…uh huh… you read that right) and, of course, the Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese. (Soft pretzels – are you noticing a pattern here?)
We have noshed on the Calzones, a few of the hoagie-sized sandwich offerings and, of course, MORE Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese and MORE Chicken Bites.
Each visit seems to get better and better. Our servers, Brooke and Nic, have delivered goodness to our table multiple times and each experience has been outstanding. The entire staff lives up to George’s standards of making sure the customer is taken care of and taken care of with a smile.
We have taken friends from many demographics to the new Red Brick Tap & Grill. Gay friends, straight friends, young friends, and not-so-young friends (sorry, Jayme)… all of us have thrown both thumbs sky-high. The atmosphere is alive, the service is outstanding, the food is nearly flawless, the beer selection is admirable and the Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese. Did we mention how much we love the Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese?
Give em’ a shot! We are convinced you will be as thrilled as us. That said, if you go on a busy Friday or Saturday night, expect there to be a bit of a wait – a wait that is well worth it.