Red Brick Kitchen & Bar
8093 Main St. Dexter, MI, 48130
(734) 424-0420 | redbrickkitchen.com
MON-WED 11am-10pm (kitchen until 9pm)
THURS-SAT 11am-11pm (kitchen until 10pm)
SUN 10am-8pm (Brunch until 3pm)
The Short Course
1. Kid-friendly: Definitely!
2. To avoid wait: Make reservations for groups of 4 or more
3. Noise level: Medium
4. Bathroom amenities: Changing table
5. High chairs? Yes
6. Got milk? Yes, white and chocolate
7. Kids’ menu? Yes
8. Anything healthy for kids? Yes
9. Food allergy concerns? Vegetarian and gluten-free
We were nervous walking into Red Brick Kitchen & Bar in downtown Dexter on a Saturday night. As parents of young children whose behavior in restaurants can be a tad dicey, the sight of calm older couples and people on dates had us concerned that we were in the wrong place. So we were pleasantly surprised to find Red Brick Kitchen is family friendly, despite the 20 minute wait because we had not made a reservation. We know: waiting around for 20 minutes with a 2- and 4-year old is contraindicated. Not to worry. The oversized waiting area had the whole family relaxing, stress-free. Although it worked this time, we will be making a reservation before our next visit!
Curated menu for kids and adults
Rumors of a solid kids’ menu brought us to Red Brick Kitchen in the first place. We found six simple kid favorites (Buttered Noodles, Noodles with Marinara, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Tenders and a Meatball Sub), each for $6, including a great selection of sides: fries, sweet potato fries, chips, fruit, sauteed vegetables, or celery and peanut butter. Our kids ordered Mac & Cheese and Chicken Tenders, both of which were clear upgrades over kids’ fare at other establishments, without being beyond the ‘toddler palate’.
The appetizer list offered more than a dozen creative options. The lightly battered, fried pickles were a standout for the grown-ups— fresh and crunchy. The kids devoured the pretzel bites, served with a warm cheese dip, even if the adults found them a bit bland. Perhaps we were too busy with the stuffed mushrooms. Filled with creamed gorgonzola cheese in a shallot sauce, these were the adult favorite, hands down.
We appreciated the curated menu at Red Brick Kitchen which covers most categories without overwhelming us with choices. We started with the Beet Salad and the Brick Dip— Red Brick Kitchen’s version of the classic French Dip. The salad, generously topped with enough candied nuts, goat cheese, and fresh veggies, ensures that every bite is packed with flavor. The Brick Dip was a solid dish with a rustic Italian bread that had us wishing we could have just ordered a loaf with a side of au jus! Maybe you can? The Rustic Tuscan Pasta was well-balanced with thick-cut, smoky bacon, crunchy asparagus and more spice than we expected— in a good way! For our family, nothing topped the Chicken Parmesan, served with an amazingly fresh homemade marinara. We will be ordering this or another of the several pasta dishes which include the house marinara sauce on our next visit.
A taste of both the cherry and apple pies— off-menu dessert options— gave a sweet ending to our adult meal while the kids were happy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We expect desserts may rotate since they were not listed on the menu, so be sure to ask what’s new when you try Red Brick.
Great space to share a meal
Overall we found the prices ($14-$23 for entrees, $9-$12 for sandwiches) higher than some usual family eateries, but the portion sizes were quite large, making it easy to cut costs by sharing. Plus, kids eat free on Mondays! We loved Red Brick Kitchen’s ample space, making our visit comfortable Bonus tip: as someone takes care of the check and waits for packaged leftovers, let the kids loose in the waiting area where their creative use of the benches caught nary a side-glance from the friendly staff, which we greatly appreciated.