Bricks and Birch - Redlands, CA
Established in 2015 by Daniel and Melanie B. They took over the old coffee shop that is located at the Historic Fox Theater in Redlands. There location is at a prime spot in Redlands and there establishment pas homage to the location.
Their restaurant is mush a panorama of the area and sitting in side it a great place to watch people and the everyday life with wraparound windows. The inside is a modern look at a pizza shop as this is an open kitchen establishment. Their wood oven is in the middle of the store behind the countertop. There are old photos adorning the walls of old Redlands and birch branches are the wall paper.
The Thai Pie is as I see there interpretation of Paid Thai. It is made with Sweet Chili Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Chicken, Green Onion, Bean Sprouts, Carrots, Cilantro, and a Peanut Sauce. First of all the if you are looking on top of the pizz for the chicken it is not, it is under the cheese.
The chicken itself is on the dry side but with the peanut sauce it moisten it very well. The peanut sauce also brings out the earthy notes of the cheese.
There is just a subtle spice that is barely noticeable on the back from the sweet chili sauce
The green onions, carrots, and bean sprouts brings a much neede crunch and texture variations to this pizza.
This is to me their best pizza and a Home Run !!!
The Butternut and Ricotta is a tomato based style with huge chunks of butternut squash on top along with the Ricotta. The butternut squash alone has no flavor and is a big disappointment. The squash looks and is very reminiscent of the packages you get that are frozen in cubes or at this time of year fresh. The ricotta is made in house but is slightly grainy and the mozzarella is rubbery. The sauce is nothing special and somewhat on the sweet side. The biggest downfall of this pizza is the ingredients make the bread moist and I doing so it can not hold the toppings.
The Mushroom and Brie has a very earthy flavor with a slight spice note from the red onion and a refreshing crisp hint from the parsley. There is a mild garlic flavor that does come at the finish and is hardly noticeable on some slices and on some over powering. The Brie itself is mild with a very rich and creamy body. The mushrooms to me could be cooked for some more time. The only thing this pizza is missing is some type of spice but all in all this is a great combination of flavor that is great any time of day.
One pizza is more than enough for a single person and I would recommend getting two so you can share or get one of the salads and a pizza.
Now on the off hand you are not full, the have a large array of sweets that are all made fresh daylily. There deserts do change with the session so it is a good place to try new flavor so and a coffee.
The Key Lime Scone is very large and moist. It is on the doughy side with no lime flavor in it. The lime is really only in the frosting top and then it's not much flavor to it as key lime just over sugared lime juice.
The scone is good but a big disappoint in flavor but not texture. I would hope they put the zest in the scone itself then some on top or even a slice of lime on to for a better presentation.