Brick & Spoon: Brunch with a Creole twist

Savannah Chastain
Regional Manager Amanda Johnson and Chef Mike Fields pose in front of the restaurant logo.

Almost hidden inside the Palms of Destin Resort is a wonderful world of delicious, Creole-inspired cuisine. The new Brick & Spoon restaurant located at 4201 Indian Bayou Trail offers a sophisticated, yet relaxed dining experience just waiting to tease the taste buds.

The new franchise endeavor launched a year ago in Lafayette, La., and now the Cajun goodness has landed in Destin.

“The owner of the resort called us and said, ‘I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you in Destin,’” said owner David ‘Chip’ Burleson II. “The resort wanted to bring breakfast in, and they contacted us.”

As the first restaurant to serve breakfast within the resort, Burleson told The Log that there are several features that make Brick & Spoon unique.

“Everything is fresh, we use only local produce and local seafood,” said Burleson. “We also do live music for brunch on the weekends; we are the only restaurant in the area that does music for brunch.”

Brick & Spoon comfortably seats 240 people with a chic indoor dining area and a large outdoor deck, complete with couches and lounge chairs. The restaurant also boasts two full bars, one indoor and the other on the deck for easy pool-side access.

“We are casual and lively, you can walk in here with a Rolex or with flip-flops,” said Burleson. “A lot of people live in this resort, and I want the locals to feel comfortable.”

 As for the food, there are many nods to New Orleans with beignets, crepes and Gulf seafood galore. Then there are the tongue-in-cheek dish names including, Bananas in Pajamas, Shuck Me, and Deviled on the Bayou. 

“We try to strive for simplicity, but we have fun with it,” said Head Chef Mike Fields. “We offer the traditional eggs, grits and pancakes. It’s the stuff we grew up with.”

When the shrimp and grits, one of Brick & Spoon’s signature dishes, came out of the kitchen it was anything but simple. Fire-roasted corn grits created the bottom layer, with seared shrimp and a creamy garlic sauce taking the center, and all of that topped with sautéed peppers and onions and a poached egg.

“We’re keeping things classic, with a lot of it based out of New Orleans, Creole-style,” said Fields. “We’re just trying to bring something new to the table.”

Another aspect of Brick & Spoon is the build-your-own Bloody Mary feature. Choices of vodka, garnish food additions, spices and herbs and even temperature are available for customization.

“We try to pair the cocktails with the food,” said Fields. “It’s something simple, something easy. We want the customers to have a good time.”

Open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Burelson said the restaurant will live up to it’s motto, “A morning ritual that’s anything but routine.”

Brick & Spoon also provides catering services, books for special events and offers valet parking upon request. Visit www.brickandspoonrestaurant.com or call 351-0900 for more information.