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Discussion of Robin Garr's Brix Wine Bar review

by Robin Garr » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:48 am

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What’s a Brix? Good chow and libations in the ’burbs
LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

So, what's a Brix? Let's ask the Intertubes!

"Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is the sugar content of an aqueous solution. One degree Brix is 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution and represents the strength of the solution as percentage by weight (% w/w). If the solution contains dissolved solids other than pure sucrose, then the °Bx only approximates the dissolved solid content."

Right! I knew that! Well, I knew the gist of it, anyway. You see, "brix" is wine-geek talk of the highest order, viticultural trade jargon you don't really need to know at all, unless you're the boss of a vineyard. It's the kind of word that separates insiders (who know it's pronounced "bricks") from the rest of us, who probably think it's French and would say it "bree" if we thought about it at all.

But hey. There are no wine snobs here, and there are certainly none that I could discern at Brix Wine Bar. There's plenty of wine around, though!

The restaurant's entrance is not where you'd expect — rattle the front door and you'll find it locked, with diners at nearby tables looking out at you. Rather, head down to the left and come in through the Liquor World wine shop next door; wander through a couple retail aisles loaded with interesting looking bottles, and you'll eventually find your way into the interior door that opens into Brix.

It's a magical transformation, really, as in a blink and a threshold you cross over to something that looks more like a gentrified urban bistro than, well, a gentrified shopping center storefront. Exposed brick walls? Check! Dark, burnished wood and brass and glass in a warm, comfortably dim environment? Check!

If it's not one of the East End's hottest upscale dining destinations, Brix seems to have found its own niche in its six-year run. It was comfortably full with seemingly happy crowds on a Thursday evening, enjoying wines and other libations and dishes from an inviting menu the restaurant boasts as "impeccable American cuisine," but that I might more specifically describe as "American with upscale international touches."


Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/whats ... -the-burbs

And in LEO Weekly:
http://leoweekly.com/dining/what%E2%80% ... 80%99burbs

Brix Wine Bar
12418 Lagrange Road
243-1120
http://www.brixlouisville.com
Robin Garr's rating: 82 points
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Re: Discussion of Robin Garr's Brix Wine Bar review

by Steve P » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:44 pm

We're not "wine people" but we've still always enjoyed our visits to Brix. Nice place, good service, above average food...It's a pretty popular place with the soccer-moms-night-out-crowd, so it does get a little loud/yappy on occasion but (typically) once they get the weekly gossip out of the way, they all bury their heads back in their "communication devices" and things quiet down.
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