By Kelsey R.
I call my friend, Evelyn, on Monday evening and ask her if she wants to go to Brasserie at 1679 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster, after our workout class on Tuesday. Evelyn recently moved to the Lancaster area and has not experienced that many restaurants. I figure her opinion on the restaurant would be valuable as a new resident. I am excited to tell Evelyn that going to Brasserie will be a first-time experience for me as well.
Driving down Lincoln Highway East is not unfamiliar to me nor to Evelyn. We both recognize the restaurant as we pull up. There are beautiful lights in the front of the building. It looks whimsical and peaceful as we walk through the entrance.
From all the times I have driven past Brasserie, I have never taken the time to admire the beautiful structure of the building or the serene ambience. Meredith meets us as we walk through the door and shows us to a table in the bar area. I look around and feel at home. It is a cozy establishment that would be a great place to bring a group of friends for a girls’ night, or have a romantic date night with your significant other. Evelyn and I joke that we are on a date.
We start chatting about all of the people in the restaurant. A waitress brings the table behind us a full tray of tacos and wings. We notice the group has three couples sitting together all enjoying a variety of foods. Evelyn catches me staring at their food. “Everything looks so good,” she says. I envy the gentleman eating tomato soup.
Meredith comes back and chats with us about what we want to order. I explain that we want an appetizer and a meal that we can share. Instantly, Meredith has a plan. Crab dip for an appetizer and the Classical Bouillabaisse to share as an entrée. Perfect. The post workout hunger kicks in, and Evelyn and I are excited to dig into some crab dip!
Evelyn and I settle into our normal chatter. We admire the amount of people enjoying a Tuesday night out. Evelyn says to me, “Anytime you want to go out to dinner, let me know. I like going out.” I tell Evelyn that I am pleasantly surprised to be enjoying my evening at Brasserie even though it is a Tuesday and a work night. I “check in” on Facebook. A couple minutes later someone comments and says that the tomato soup is amazing!
Meredith places the bubbling crab dip on our table. The appetizer has cream cheese, artichokes, spinach, and parmesan cheese all mixed together. We place the dip on the French baguettes. I notice a little tang to the dip and wonder if it is mustard. It is a great addition to the dip. Meredith asks if we want wine with our meals. At first we decline, but Meredith suggests she asks the chef what he would recommend with our entrée.
In a matter of minutes our entrée comes out. My jaw drops open. Holy cow. Evelyn says to Meredith, “I thought we were sharing a meal.”
The meal placed in front of us has be separated into two meals. The portions are gigantic! Meredith brings us the Classical Bouillabaisse which is piping hot and so delicious. Inside the meal there is assorted shellfish, local fish simmered in rich seafood broth, infused with saffron and finished with first-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Served with sourdough baguette. Meredith also asks if we would like some Pinot Grigio to enjoy with our meal. Sure, why not? It is date night for these two friends!
We start peeling apart our shell fish, warning each other of the hot temperature of the broth. The sauce that the fish is infused with has a wonderful amount of garlic. I take my spoon and slurp the broth. The table behind us who just finished their wings and tacos ask us what we ordered. I call Meredith over because I cannot remember the name. She tells the table and also explains how some customers will come in only for the Classical Bouillabaisse. She said one older couple will come in and insist on getting their own. This shocks Evelyn and me as we struggle with our half portion. The food envy is mutual! The gentleman who ate the tomato soup is eyeing up our Classical Bouillabaisse!
Ten minutes into our meal and our broth is still deliciously hot. We sip on our wine and chat about coming again with friends. I decide to pack up the rest of my meal. We finish our conversation and our wine. Meredith brings the chef out and the four of us chat about the wonderful meal we had.
Brasserie Restaurant has an atmosphere that can appease any mood you may be in. The bar was entertained with good friends and light-hearted conversation. The dining room had families and friends sharing meals. There is an outside seating section for enjoyable fall days that are soon ahead. Evelyn and I make a note to come again. The staff is pleasant to be around and add to that homey and cozy feeling you get right when you walk through the door.
Hi everyone, I want to share a few things about myself. I have lived in Lancaster County my entire life.
I went to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Bachelors in English Education and Writing. Currently, I am working as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway, and of course I am doing some writing on the side! I live with my wonderful cat, Waffle in Lancaster City. Besides working and playing with my cat I also read and practice yoga.