What do you get when you mix North African, Spanish, French and Chicano recipes together? You get the food at The Briks, a hip restaurant on the southwest corner of 11th and Hope Streets in DTLA’s South Park neighborhood. If you have lived in the area awhile, it took over the old Il Mare location. I personally hated Il Mare, but I really like The Briks. The place is fun, laid-back and they serve some original food. The Briks’ menus are inside Pee-Chee folders (remember them from high school?). The menu features two main items, Briks and Cocas. Briks are little North African wrapped pies. The ingredients are combined with an egg, then wrapped in filo and pan fried until the egg is poached. Cocas are Spanish-style flat breads.
We went to The Briks last night and sat in the bar area referred to as “Norma Jean’s,” a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Surprise! It was Happy Hour (5pm to 7pm Daily and All Day on Sunday) and I got to order off the Bar Bites menu. I started with the Chicano Hummus ($5) which was a made with garbanzo beans, tahini and smoked pepper oil. It was great hummus, but I’m not too sure what was so “Chicano” about it. It was regular hummus. We also ordered the Street Corn ($5). It was two pieces of corn on the cob. One was served Mexican street corn style. The other was served North African street corn style. Loved it! I had to try a Chorizo Slider ($5) which was beef chorizo, onions, roasted red peppers, chorizo aioli and Za’atar chips (I think that was the French fries).
My husband ordered off the main menu. He went for the Cholo (below) brik ($7). It’s beef chorizo, papas, salsa ranchera, queso fresco and pico de gallo, all rolled up in filo with an egg. When you cut into it, the egg yolk runs out. It is so good. You really need to try this to understand.
What’s great about The Briks is that you can go to dinner without spending $100. Last night’s meal (all the food mentioned above plus a beer and an iced tea) cost us $31 plus a tip. And even if it wasn’t Happy Hour, it wouldn’t have been much more. Great food, great service (we loved bartender Robert) and a great price.
We have been to The Briks several times before. I’m a fan of the Sinatra (above left)brik ($9). It’s shrimp scampi, tomatoes, basil and pink vodka sauce all wrapped up with an egg. You also need to try the Chorizo con Papas (above right) coca ($11). It’s beef chorizo, potatoes, pico de gallo, avocado, queso fresco, and for $2 more it’s topped with a fried egg.
The Briks 1111 So. Hope Street (at 11th Street) in South Park 213.746.7766