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May 13, 2009 03:53 PM

MSP - Brasa, great in NE and coming to Grand Ave SOON!

While having dinner at Brasa a few nights ago we got a chance to ask Alex Roberts what the time frame on the grand expansion was - and he was pretty forthcoming. He said they were on time and the contractors planned to be done in early june and he hoped to be open mid month. They will apparently have the signature scrolling doors and about 3 times the kitchen (he mentioned a stove big enough for soups and possibly playing with a smoker). As this one will be way closer to my house i am doubly excited, and given the success of Punch next door i think he hasn't got much to worry about, but we will see.

The food was excellent - i felt like my pork sandwich could have used another ounce or two of meat, but otherwise everything was great as ever. Cheese grits were extra cheesy (perfect) and they were running a special of guacamole with some really tasty chips which were basically just hard-fried versions of the masa cakes that accompany the sides plate. Really good. Plantains were good, if not as meltingly mushy as i would like them - they had excellent color and were probably perfectly cooked, i think the banana could have used another few days ripening. Someone asked for the cabbage salad that comes on the chicken sandwich to be served on the side, which meant i got to taste some and it was really good - i would consider ordering it as a side, with a light dressing and great mint flavor.
It was busy at 8 on a weeknight, which was promising, and it seemed like there was enough staff working that they could be training people in in preparation for the new opening.

Alex Roberts, incidentally, was very personable and genuine, and seemed sincerely interested in talking with us and getting some feedback. It was nice to see that face of the business and makes me feel even better about spending my money with him. When we mentioned a particularly good pasta special from alma this winter, he pretty much told us to email him and ask about it, and said that it is really important to him to treat repeat business well, and that he is there receiving emails and paying attention.

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  1. I'm so happy to see another location open, and it sounds like the seating will be at least double what the NE location has.

    I think Brasa will be a huge success on Grand.

    1. Isn't there a Grand Av in both St Paul and Mpls--or is one a St?

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      1. re: Enso

        Yes, each MPLS & St. Paul has a Grand Ave. The new Brasa is going in on Grand Ave in St. Paul.


      2. We love Brasa and we probably should just set up a direct deposit from our bank account to the new restaurant on Grand. We will be there as often as our waistlines allow.

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        1. re: sweetpig

          What you said, sweetpig.

          We can't wait for the opening! Thanks for info, tex.s.toast.