St. Paul, MN 55105
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How can you turn Twin Cities-area farm products into the food that the food cognoscenti really, really want--namely well spiced, healthy, various, filling, affordable, and local? Chef Alex Roberts, the James Beard-nominated chef who also owns fine-dining standard-bearer Restaurant Alma, answered that question with his brilliant new fast-casual spot Brasa. It's a sort of Minnesota-farm-driven hybrid of two other restaurant traditions, namely the South American way of making rotisserie meats, and the classic Southern meat-and-three soul-food set-up. When you visit the modern, corrugated metal-accented table-service restaurant with the good but simple wine and beer list, you get to choose various combinations of slow-roasted, succulent, crispy, crackling, and creamy Berkshire roast pork; amply spiced, lemony roast chicken; and a dozen vegetable or grain dishes, some vegetarian, some not. (The combo plates run, roughly, $11 to $14.) Most everything is great, though this critic is partial to the deeply flavored rice and pigeon peas with local ham, and the cabbage salad, an ephemeral, minty elevation of traditional cole slaw. Everything is available for take-out, and holds and reheats well, making it the ideal gift for new parents, mourners, or other folks in need of food that's good for you, good for local farmers, and you know, just plain old good.
Tips from foursquare
Smoked & Braised Beef: slow cooked, chopped, and seasoned with the Brasa's "signature" mild sauce. Tender and robust, with a hint of sweetness, it just shouts: "beef!"
The mojo sauce that comes with the slow-roasted pork should be used on everything: pulled chicken, yucca fries, shoe leather, everything.
Never feel bad about over-ordering here. ANYTHING on the menu tastes great re-warmed in a tortilla!
Order the Yuca, I dream about the green sauce.
We love the pulled pork & beef & just about everything else here (collards, grits, yams, etc). My kids go for the rotisserie chicken & organic rice. Local Food Lovers get a free entree when you buy 1
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