Address: 809 Douglas St.
Phone: (250) 388-0200
Price: low-midrange - $4 drink specials
Notes: Cookie-cutter trendy dining. Cheap cheap cheap drink options, nice decor, choose your menu items carefully.
I have been hearing good things about Brown's for a while now - I know it's pretty popular with the 19-30 bracket and I can see why. It's kind of the midpoint between Boston Pizza and Cactus Club with just a tiny dose of hipster.
The decor was very "mid-century modern" - black leather(ette?) covered seating, walnut-esque wood, stone walls with funky lamps galore. I'm an Eames era fan so there was some appeal but it was pretty cookie cutter. Feels like a bit of a trend that could backfire as a major decor decision in future. The one decor decision that bothered me were the instruction signs on the walls. Above the pass-through to the kitchen, giant, light-bulb outlined letters instructed met to EAT and above the bank of seating a flourish of equally large letters instructed me to SOCIALIZE! Erm. If you're the type to question authority then I would stay away, you are going to have a disconcerting experience.
Unlike the zombie-like servers at BPs or the slightly-snobby service at Cactus, the staff at Brown's had an impression of just being your average nice, genuine server in a chain restaurant. This is a huge bonus for me to come back - I like it when small talk doesn't feel false and the check-ins are frequent and non-intrusive.
June 23, 2011
Admittedly, I was a few drinks in at the time of arrival and it was a little while before I got to this review, but I recall the service being extremely pleasant! While paying we all had a nostalgic moment remembering the music of our youth and she was happy to join in - big points for genuineness there!
June 23, 2011
My cohorts in food-crime all opted for one of the pie options - chocolate pecan pie, which got absolutely rave reviews and can be heated up slightly to make it ooey-gooey upon request, and key-lime, which was reportedly also quite good. The other nice option was to get the "two-time pie" which was a slice of each. Thought that was a cute option!
Oh right, this isn't just about price. They were pretty tasty - perhaps a touch over salted although the salt was nice quality salt. The texture was pretty spot on - cripsy on the outside, soft on the inside. I'd order them as a side with a meal (if it isn't too expensive to add them on...).