You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. From time to time, East Hampton-Portland Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:
Overview: Brew Bakers demands freshness and European, gourmet quality in their ingredients while offering a cozy, casual environment great for meeting up with friends, grabbing a meal, latte or vitamin rich smoothie and enjoying some free wifi.
Decor: Brightly colored artwork and decor wrap around the dining area, bar and lounge area giving a modern, funky vibe to the café.
The Drinks: Coffee, lattes and cappuccinos comes in a large variety of flavors and specialty combinations. The box of brew is a nice treat for the office ($18).
Appetizers: The Chef’s Daily creation bowl ($4.25). From the salad selection, the Ahi tuna salad is made from fresh, home-baked Ahi tuna finished off with field greens and red peppers ($8).
Entrees: The breakfast menu offers bagels with a choice of butter, peanut butter or preserves ($1.65), cream cheese ($2.15), lox spread ($4.05), smoked salmon with capers red onions and cream cheese ($7.15), or garbanzo bean and carrot hummus ($2.45).
Choose from the plain, whole wheat, onion, cheddar, sundried tomato, cinnamon raisin, sesame, spinach and herb, egg, cornmeal, pumpernickel, garlic, poppy seed or everything bagels. Cream cheese flavors come in plain, garden vegetable, chive, garlic & herb, walnut raisin, low fat plain, low-fat garden vegetable or low-fat garlic and herb.
The classic bagel and omelette sandwiches give an extra kick to the typical breakfast sandwich with options like the Florentine omelette sandwich with seasoned spinach, plum tomato, red peppers, mushrooms and feta cheese ($6).
From the breakfast wraps, the Brew Boilermaker combines Guinness marinated steak, roasted potato, caramelized onions, creamy horseradish sauce and cheddar cheese all packed in a warm garlic and herb wrap ($5.25).
The Tuscan combo Panini sandwich comes with Genoa Salami, baked ham, provolone, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing ($8.50). The black bean vegetable burger is topped with chipotle, mayonnaise, field greens and plum tomatoes stacked on a warm rosemary and olive oil roll with a pickle on the side ($7). The lunch combos give the option of combining ½ salad, ½ sandwich or soup.
Brew Bakers’ bread is flown in half-baked and frozen directly from Spain in order to keep it authentically fresh and European.
Sides: Breakfast sides include home fries ($1.75), sausage patties ($2), muffins ($2), English muffins ($1), sweet potato home fries ($1.75), three bacon strips ($2), croissant ($2.50) and two slices of wheat toast ($1.25). For lunch, choose from the fruit salad ($4) or the Austrian Potato Salad, a special Austrian family recipe made without mayonnaise ($2.25).
Desserts: A varying selection of pastries, pies and sweets are baked fresh and found daily at the counter display.
Service: Order and pay at the counter and a server will promptly deliver your food and beverage.
Kids menu available. Catering offers a menu tailored to European fine dining.
Signature Dish: The BBQ pork specialty sandwich serves home roasted and pulled pork made right in the kitchen, with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese in a garlic and herb wrap with a pickle on the side ($7.75).
Brew Bakers (http://www.mybrewbakers.com/index.html)
Address: 169 Main St., Middletown
Chef: Brew Bakers is proud to have Austrian chef Josef Aigner with his impressive background and extensive experience in the kitchen. Aigner has not only won a gold medal for Best Chef in Salzburg, but also several other European cooking contests, as well as the honor of cooking for the King of Bahrain, the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Cost: With a latte, ½ sandwich and cup of soup, a meal costs around $11.