Brasa Rotisserie Rest/ East Hennepin Ave/ Minneapolis
ate there for first time last night. found it to be pleasant al fresco dining with decent but not spectacular food. nice neighborhood place. your take on it??
600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
I agree. The food is pretty nice and well-prepared. I'd like to see bolder flavors, though, especially as I can't help but compare it to barbecue joints in Memphis or the Carolinas.
We only rarely hit the original Mpls location these days, since they opened a 2nd one on Grand Ave. in St. Paul. But the SP location is one of our regular dining spots-- fabulous food, great atmosphere for kids, outstanding service, and it's food I can feel good about eating (since their sourcing is great and they treat their employees well).
I suppose I'll go ahead and be the voice of dissent. I think Brasa's food is ok, but not great, and the service is generally slow and disorganized. The meat is not the holy grail of tastiness that everyone makes it out to be, I feel, though it's pretty good, and the sides are a bit hit or miss. They are, to be fair, characteristic of the cuisine style, in that they're rather bland and often both greasy and smoky-flavored. On a busy weekend night, food takes a long time to arrive and there's no guarantee it will all get to the table at the same time, or anywhere near it. It also tends to be rather loud, but lots of people like that kind of atmosphere. It is, as noted, apparently good for children, meaning that there will probably be a lot of them in the restaurant, as well.
I like Brasa and I like Alex Roberts. But ...
The pork is not done in a way that I particularly like. Go try the pork bocadillo at Sonora Grill for an amazing pork sandwich. And the cheesy grits and yellow rice and corn bread are not anything I particularly like. Maybe it's the style they're going for, I dunno.
I like the brisket, the black-eyed peas, the red beans and the collards. They're very good. The service has been professional when I've visited and the beers are good.
So, when I order what I like there, I'm very happy. If I ordered only or mostly the stuff I didn't like, I would not like Brasa.
Oh, and the smoker specials ought to be published on the web-site. The twitter feed seems to show the STP specials more reliably than the MPLS specials. I'm nearly 50. I guess I've got to get used to using their twitter feed, but even then, I'm not sure what's on special in MPLS.
Put me down as a big fan. I've grown more fond of the STP location as well.
My only gripe, as has been voiced already, is the speed of service. But if you are with good company and aren't in any particular hurry, it isn't a huge issue.