Pick Your Brackets

by sara on January 15, 2011

This morning started off with one of these pretty thangs:

Then I took my three hyenas (2 dogs and a fiance) for a run.  Jason has been mega hyper lately.  I feel like I must either convince a doctor he is a 12-yr old boy so I can get him on Ritalin or I can take him on runs to calm him down.  So far the latter is working.

We went about four miles then got dressed to meet my parents at Brackets for lunch.  Brackets is a new restaurant/sports bar in the old Trader Vic’s spot at Hotel Palomar.  They feature Il Cane Rosso pizzas from a built-in Texas oak burning wood oven.

When you walk through the front door you are greeted with two full size pool tables and a hostess.  We made our way past the entry game room to a larger bar/dining area filled with an SMU crowd.  To start, we took the waiter’s suggestion of the ahi tuna nachos.  I like my ahi tuna pink in the middle but these were definitely overcooked.  The greasy chips didn’t tickle my fancy either.  For $11, so far I wasn’t impressed.

They keep the wood burning oven at 900 degrees and only cook the pizzas for 60 seconds.  I’m not joking.

If you can’t wait the whole minute for your pizza to cook, you can catch a game of ping pong in the middle of the bar area.  There is plenty of room to run around and execute the double spin around the back left grip lob for the win.  If you’re into that.

This is the $14 Jimmy’s Sausage pizza with basil, tomatoes, house-pulled mozzarella and Jimmy’s sausage.  Looks pretty good freshly delivered to the table.

Then you get a slice…and it’s limp bizkit.  Maybe this is supposed to be like Papa Murphy’s where you take it home and put it back in the oven for more than 60 seconds?  Except my oven doesn’t go to 900 🙁

Below is the Hangover Special.  If you order this, the pizza maker puts whatever he wants on there to cure your hangover.  This one had jalapenos, black olives, prosciutto, Jimmy’s sausage and mozzarella.  It also suffered from not having a backbone.

Jason ordered the Brackets Burger made with Texas kobe beef, avocado, pancetta, basil mustard, arugula, chili peppers and an onion ring on a brioche bun.  Seems like a lot of things to overpower what is supposed to be some really fine tasting beef.  The shoestring fries were delicious and the burger was, according to Jason, “a good burger but it’s hard to screw up a burger.”

The table shared an order of macaroni.  It was delicious.  Okay I won’t lie only two of us shared it.  We also ordered a side of seasonal vegetables but the waiter forgot to bring it.  It didn’t show up on our receipt so I never said anything.

I didn’t finish my limp pizza so I got the rest to go, hoping I could salvage some in the oven.  The to go bag was worth it.  How crafty!  Overall, not impressed with Brackets.  I’d go back for game play but will probably have dinner elsewhere.

After a few pieces of pizza and some macaroni (sounds like a Lunchable), I decided to bust out the indoor bike trainer.  Oh and the tree isn’t coming down until February.  YAY!

I ended up watching an entire episode of I Used to Be Fat on MTV.  It’s pretty motivating to keep pedaling while you’re watching someone lose weight!  I was drenched after an hour on the bike.  It felt really good.

Meanwhile the puppies ended the night with a downward facing dog and a nose lick.

What’s your favorite way to burn off pizza and macaroni?

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Janice January 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

Boo, the pics looked promising! I guess 900 degrees just ain’t hot enough. Or maybe they should stick it in there longer, TWSS? I watched one episode of I Used to Be Fat and I really enjoyed it. The girl lost like 90 lbs in 3 months tho! Cwazy! But she can wear hoochie halloween costumes now! Yay!


Serene January 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I actually truly thought that Brackets was an orthodontist’s office and that it had such a clever name. Now I have an idea for my next dentist cousin’s office name. Is it cousin dentist or dentist cousin?


Janice January 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm



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