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Briasas De Acapulco- Raleigh

I just had the best Mexican food of my life. I had the pollo en salsa verde. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the salsa verde was to die for. It was very fresh tasting with more spiciness than other salsa verdes that I have had. Additionally, the salsa to start with was off the charts good. It was full of cilantro, very fresh tomatoes, red onion, and jalapenos. The food here takes a little longer to get than traditional Mexican restaurants because everything is made fresh and not microwaved, but it is worth the wait.

The owners are actually from the Dominican Republic and they will be adding some Dominican dishes to their menu. Hector, the owner, told me that he would make any Dominican dish that I wanted. He made one tonight for a customer that was green beens with coconut rice, chicken criolla, and tostones. It sounded awesome and the customer ordered an extra order to take home. He said that since everything is made fresh in house to give him a 20 to 30 minute notice on the Dominican dishes and he will have it prepared when you arrive.

I urge all of you to give this place a chance. I just walked in tonight and found a hidden gem. It is located near Glenwood South on the corner of Peace Street and St. Mary's.

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  1. Oops, slight misspelling in the thread title, the restaurant is named "Brisas de Acapulco". It's located across the street from the "Peace Street Market" aka "Seven-Even" aka "Three Walls of Beer".

    Definitely a worthy stop. There's been a variety of Latino eateries there over the last few years, mostly serving pretty good Taqueria fare. The latest incarnation is a step up from the previous and quite good. Happily, it's also right in the neighborhood and has become a go-to favorite for a casual meal.

    So far, we've most enjoyed a nice Mole Poblano, Chile Verde (w/ Pork) and Carne Asada Tacos. And, yeah, the *big* carafe of good salsa starts things off right. I'll have to check out some of the Dominican specialties. The facility itself isn't fancy but it's fine. A good vibe actually. The proprietors are very friendly.

    Sadly, they aren't ever very busy when we go. It boggles the mind to drive one block past the hugely crowded and entirely ordinary Mellow Mushroom to a nearly empty Brisas. But that'll change as word gets around. Check it out.

    Brisas De Acapulco
    805 W Peace St, Raleigh, NC 27605

    Peace Street Market
    804 W Peace St, Raleigh, NC 27605

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    1. re: FuzzyT

      Thanks for the correct spelling. I hope that people start to go here. The food is amazing and the owners are so nice. They are trying to live the American dream. I am planning on going again tomorrow night. I may try some Dominican food or try the mole poblano. How was the carne asada?

      1. re: RaleighHound

        The wife had the Carne Asada and I just sampled it, so I can't comment too much on it, but that's a favorite dish of hers, and she was very pleased with them. I'll try to remember to leave comments and photos here as we work our way through the menu.

      2. re: FuzzyT

        I find little that is ordinary about Mellow Mushroom, at the least the one in Durham that we frequent. Their whole wheaty crust that's crunchy on the outside and chewy/sourdoughy on the inside certainly isn't ordinary. The quality of their toppings is a notch of two above most pizza places, and they are generous in how much they put on their pizzas. If New York style is the end all and be all for pizza then folks will be disappointed, but they make very good pizza IMO.

        1. re: bbqme

          Well I've not tried the wheat crust. Perhaps I'll give that a shot.

          Probably shouldn't have been slagging on the Mushroom anyway. It's just that the contrast between their patronage levels and a quite good restaurant just one block up seems a bit odd and unjustified. Though I suspect this has at least as much if not more to do with familiarity, image and the patio than it has to do with the pizza.

          And I could be accused of being a bit set in my ways myself, as I always tend to run to the old standbys when pizza comes to mind - Lilly's, Moonlight and Capital Creations when in Raleigh, and Randy's when in RTP.

        2. re: FuzzyT

          Great to hear that someone thinks mellow mushroom is very ordinary as well. Just because a restaurant is busy does not at all indicate the food is great. Obviously they have a good formula because they appeal to the masses but it's mostly that out door deck that attracts people. However, we should not confuse quality with mediocrity when it comes to pizza.

        3. I live very close and have never gone in b/c, as one of the other posters stated, it never looks busy - which made me worry about the quality. Thanks so much for the info. What is the price point and do you know their hours? It is so "unbusy" that I don't know when they are opened or closed. TIA!

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          1. re: Tehama

            Definitely looking forward to trying this place. I am such a sucker for a fresh, flavorful salsa. Thanks for the heads up!

            1. re: Tehama

              The price point is $6.50 to around $10.00. I think that is it open all day.

              1. re: RaleighHound

                Last time I tried to go there it was nighttime and they'd already closed. They are open for breakfast, then all through the day, but they might close a little early - once the dinner rush has passed.

            2. brisas is a great place. I tryed the arroz con coco. I was great. their food is very fresh. arroz con coco is a dominican dish full of flavor. It is nice to have two diferent spanish food in one restaurant.

              1. Brisas is under new management. Domingo, one of the new owners told me that they are going to change the name to CASCADA RESTAURANT. Before it was only mexican food. now it is Mexican/Dominican.

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                1. re: rosie99

                  Ah, good news. I went a little more than a year ago and was underwhelmed.

                2. Wow! We went for dinner last night (en route from eating bugs at Bugfest, to seeing Kronos Quartet at Duke--I love the Triangle!), and after looking at the regular menu, we asked them "do you have anything that's not on the menu?" and the owner's face lit up and he started talking a mile-a-minute about how he's working on an all-Dominican menu, with like 36 dishes, and how he'd love to make us a whole fish. Needless to say, we agreed.

                  I'm attaching a picture of the result. The fish was utterly delicious, swimming in a sweet-spicy sauce that tasted of coconut milk, tomato and a little red pepper. The beans had a subtle sweetness about them as well, although they needed salt. Instead of salting them, I opted to douse them in the extra sauce from the fish, which worked out just fine.

                  We also ordered an order of tamales, which were excellent. The masa was fluffy and moist throughout, and the sauces were great. The green was fairly mild but still had a fresh-jalapeno edge to it, and the red was redolent of roasted chile, and pretty-damn-hot.

                  *Definitely* go, y'all, and while I'd highly recommend asking for the Dominican special of the moment, I think these guys are good enough in the kitchen that anything's likely to come out tasting great.

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                  1. re: rossgrady

                    Rossgrady, that fish looks awesome. I am glad that others are having as good of an experience as I did. They are hiring a full time Dominican chef. I will be back soon to try some more things. What did you think of the salsa?

                    1. re: RaleighHound

                      I thought the salsa was just the right balance of tomato, onion, cilantro & heat, which was a problem since it meant we finished the whole basket of chips & thus were half-full before our meal came out. People should maybe understand that there's nothing exotic about it--your initial description was accurate. It's just that it's really nicely balanced for serial-chip-eating (for better or worse ;-))

                  2. Juan Pagan is the name of the Dominican Chef that they just hired. He is well known in the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Rico with more than 20 years experience . The other good news is that they will be open late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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                    1. re: rosie99

                      Went back last night and had the chile rellenos. They were very good. I had the chicken ones and you received two huge chiles fully stuffed with chicken and cheese. The red sauce on top was fantastic. Another person who had cammarones diablo at lunch came in with 3 other people to order the same thing again. She said that those were the best shrimp that she has ever had. I will be having that next.

                    2. Glad to hear this place is doing so much better. This location has gone through so many owners that I had lost hope, which is really sad, as this was my "go to" place for carry-out. The prior owner, who gave it the Brisas De Acapulco name, just didn't cut it for me. I'll be happy to give the new owners a new set of chances.

                      1. My wife and I went back to Brisas tonight. It was her first time going and she loved it! She had the chicken quesadillas and I had the whole tilapia with coconut milk. Both were fantastic. The fish was cooked perfectly and the sauce was outstanding. My wife commented on how good her entree was and she loved the salsa. Domingo and Hector really have something great going. I urge all of you to try it.

                        1. I was so excited to give this place a try on Saturday night. I made the half hour drive and they were CLOSED- ugh! We got there at 7:30pm. I was disappointed but so fired up for Mexican that we drove over to Dos Taquitos. It was good but pricey in my opinion and not really worth the money.

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                          1. re: km4874

                            Try it again. Call them at 821-7642. I would give the Dominican food a try. I went last night and had the pork shoulder. It was the best thing that I have had there yet. It was the most tender pork with seasoning that had sort of a citrus taste to it. It was somothered with onions and peppers. Fantastic. This Saturday night they are having a special menu with many Dominican specialties. The Mexican food is outstanding as well, but I have become addicted to the Dominican food. One other note their sanitation grade is now an A.

                          2. My friend and I went for lunch yesterday and it was absolutely incredible. My Spanish is limited, at best, and I had a bit of trouble with the menu. I think I ended up getting the dish the the O.P. ordered. And it was everything you could want. Flavorful, moist chicken with salsa I would have been happy having an entire meal of.

                            My friend, from California, ordered enchiladas with mole sauce. She was blown over by the freshness and flavor.

                            After the lunch crowd passed, the owners took time to come talk to us and tell us about the other dishes on the menu. I can't wait to go back - spread the word.... the level of customer service, the inventiveness of the outstanding menu, the variety of the menu, etc etc can't be let to close. Nothing compares in Raleigh.

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                            1. re: Tehama

                              I called ahead on Saturday and made the trip back. I asked for a recommendation and he offered pork shoulder with fried plantains. It came with sauteed multicolored peppers and onions on top. The meat was really, really good. I had never had plantains before so I am not sure if they were very good. They seemed dry but that might be normal. My husband had the enchiladas mole and he enjoyed it. I would definitely go back. The gentleman said next time I had to have the talapia. I hope this place makes it. There were only 2 other tables occupied at 1pm on Saturday so that makes me a little nervous for them.

                            2. Just wanted to add to the praises of what is now Las Cascadas. I went on Friday night with my husband and another couple. Prior to our entrees, we were treated to homemade sausage and fried plantains. The sausage was amazing, and we were told that the owners will sell it by the pound. We also split an order of empanadas, which were far superior to the ones I had at another well-known mexican restaurant the week before.

                              Three of us ordered off of the Dominican menu: I had the whole tilapia in milk, my husband had shrimp, and our friend had the lamb stew. The fourth person ordered tacos off the Mexican menu. All our dishes were superb. I'm craving the tilapia again, but when I return I want to try something else on the menu--if the tilapia is any indication, the rest of the menu should be exciting.

                              We were one of two tables on Friday night, save for a take out order or two. I hope the lunch business is more brisk for the establishment, because I want it to stay in business.

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                              1. re: lawgalheel

                                They've got the most appealing looking soup menu. And we're finally getting some proper fall weather. So last night I phoned in a carryout order for their Sopa de Camarones.

                                On picking up the order, things we're looking a good bit more active. A couple of carryout customers arrived just after I did and there were a number of tables seated. Word seems to be getting out and the vibe behind the counter was definitely more upbeat. We talked for a while and I was treated to some samples of the sausage. Delicious stuff. Complex blend of spices, used with some subtlety. Nicely browned with a crispy exterior. He described a number of different varieties that he makes. These are on offer prepared in entree form, to cook at home, and prepared as a party platter. Can't wait to go back for an entree portion and to get a sampling to try at home on the grill.

                                The soup was delicious. Translucent amber broth, heavily loaded with shrimp, fish, mussels, octopus, and more.

                                Every visit I've had a different dish, most of them new to me, and each has been delicious. It's getting hard to decide whether to order one of these new favorites or to keep exploring.

                                1. re: lawgalheel

                                  I went a couple weeks ago and got take out. I had the house made sausages. I'm allergic to bananas/plantains, so I got beans and rice instead. I hate to say it, I wasn't impressed. The sausages were really over cooked, the peppers and onions were okay, but the liquid, or sauce or whatever it was, tasted like pure vinegar. The beans and rice were standard El Rodeo fare. Considering it was $11, I was really disappointed. I might try Mexican next time, it seems to be well liked. Considering I live in Glenwood South, I'll be going elsewhere.

                                  1. re: lawgalheel

                                    Hugely disappointed - I was in town for just a short Xmas trip on Monday (12/24), and made plans to meet friends at Cascadas at noon for lunch. I should have called ahead, but found they were closed, and by all appearances, not just because it was Christmas Eve. There was a "For Rent" sign up on the front... so I'm not sure if they were closed just due to the proximity to the holiday, or if they're normally closed on Mondays anyway, or worse - closed for good, but I missed the opportunity to try their food, and embarrassed myself a bit since my friends were a little frustrated to try to find another open place (Mellow Mushroom was also closed, as were many of the places on Glenwood South).

                                    Maybe I'll try again next time -- hopefully they're not closed for good and will still be around.

                                    1. re: bluepig1

                                      I am sad to say that they closed last week. I ate there two straight days. This place will be missed. The owner has my number and he said he would call if they opened something else.