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September 5, 2010

Richard Gorelick reviews brique

brique scallopsRichard Gorelick reviews brique in today's Sun.

Richard is very impressed by the food at the new Centreville restaurant. And here's what he had to say about the setting:

"It's just across from the pretty county courthouse, the state's oldest in continuous use. Its shady grounds look like the set for the kind of movie where Julia Roberts returns home and discovers what really matters."

Richard goes on to say:

"In that kind of movie, though, there is never a restaurant as sophisticated or as stimulating as Brique, which is capable of producing moments of ravishing pleasure over the course of an evening."  

As an aside, I'm wondering if The Sun's copy desk had its way with what Richard wrote, or if the restaurant has come to its grammatical senses; in the review, "brique" is capitalized. Since for better or for worse (mostly worse), I live a copy desk-free existence here on the blog, I'm sticking with lower-case "brique."

As another aside, isn't that purslane in between those scallops?

purslane close-up 

Check out Richard's brique review here.




Seared diver scallops atop a cauliflower puree, micro greens, grapefruit vinaigrette with a dusting of a homemade curry mix at brique. Sun photos by Kim Hairston

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 7:33 AM | | Comments (14)


I read this review.....sounded like he loved the food.....couldn't understand why it was only given 2/1/2 stars ?

I couldn't help noticing that brique's name was capitalized as "Brique" throughout the review. Was that Gorelick's doing, or did The Sun's copy editor(s) finally chime in on that controversy from a recent D@L post?

brique? How odd to name a restaurant after the star of the internationally notorious (& banned) gay zombie porn flick, L.A. Zombie.

brique? That place is soooo tuesday. Everybody knows that the scene has moved to shĒt↕Rŏque

I'd like to offer up another Eastern Shore dining destination with a similar name. On a recent trip we stopped at the old Brick Hotel on the roundabout opposite the courthouse in Georgetown, Delaware. We weren't expecting much, but we were delighted with our lunch--so much so that we stopped again on our way home. They were serving Sunday brunch then, which was also very good, and reasonably priced.

I e-mailed Richard about the capitalization question this morning , hmpstd. He said he asked the PR rep for the restaurant about it and she wasn't insistent on a little b, so he went with the big B.

Soooooo much pretension. The actual name on the web site izzz:


So very much lingui-manure packed into so little space. The invention of the two dot ellipsis. The inexplicable accent over the "i". Zut alors.

I don't usually read restaurant reviews because they tend to be from a world that is a little over my head, but I live on the Eastern Shore not too far from Centreville, so I thought I'd see if this might be a place I'd like to try. NOT. I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm a barbaric prole, but I am so glad that my tastes are not so jaded that I have to seek out esoteric creations from another planet to feel like I'm enjoying my food. I'll take a crab cake or fried chicken anytime. You effete snobs can appreciate the way these weird substances are arranged on your plates, but I'll take plain good foor in a pleasant atmosphere with friends and family anytime.

I forgot one thing: the web site shows that they have tres goophie 3-prong forks. Unless you are Neptune, Lord of Seas, your fork should have four prongs. (And yes I find five irksome. Four just works. Same deal with goofy square glasses, etc.)

I had to check the official spelling of the town to make sure these guys didn't change it from Centerville to (say in French now) Centreville. Nope.

One pretension fail is describing oneself as "upscale chic". Yikes.

Looks to me like we have a new restaurant reviewer and/or blogger coming up. Could Labor Day be the time?

My aim is true.

Do yourself a favor and drive a little further from Centerville. In the unlikely place of Millington Md, you will find a gem by the name of "TwoTrees" .Look it up. Go visit and enjoy.

Do yourself a favor and drive a little past Centerville to Millington, Md. Here, in this unlikely palace you will find a gem, "TwoTrees" restaurant. Look it up. Go visit and enjoy

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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