Everyday Eats: Panini and Salad at Brickyard Coffee & Tea
Kick back and enjoy the view with a sandwich
There are a lot of places downtown that serve more-than-serviceable sandwiches. Closer to the core, there's Ida's B Street Deli, and in the East Village, The District has a tasty, egg-topped breakfast 'which, but if you're dining solo, and can afford to dawdle, try Brickyard Coffee & Tea. The cafe has cozy interior seating, but the best seats are outside, on the spacious, sun dappled patio that looks out onto the Seaport Village trolley station. Getting a good seat is never a problem: the outdoor section of the cafe is about three times larger than the inside, so there are always plenty of places to park it.
Food-wise, soup, salad, and sandwiches dominate the lunch menu. The San Diego panini, with grilled chicken, tomato, pesto, and parmesan is generous for the price ($10), especially since it comes with a gigantic heap of Caesar or house salad. Go with this option if you've skipped breakfast or want to stretch your meal out as long as possible. The half sandwich and soup or salad ($7) is a better option if you're not as ravenous, and the chili is a good bet on chillier afternoons.
What I love most about Brickyard is kicking back and carving out a moment of calm while the trains rattle by. There are a lot of places downtown where you can score a decent sandwich, but only Brickyard has this view.