I LOVE FOOD.
Seriously though, can someone pay me to eat and travel around the world please? I promise I will try everything at least once and appreciate all the beauty the world has to offer.
Anyway. Happy Monday!
Woo! So happy to share my second restaurant review with you featuring La Brasa in Somerville, Ma.
Anybody who knows me knows I am crazy about Mexican food.
I used to live in Boston about 5 years ago before moving to San Diego and I remember the lack of decent Mexican food in the city.
In Cali I was straight spoiled on all the authentic Mexican food. There was a taco shop on every corner offering a plethora of Mexican street foods like tacos, elote and spice!
I first heard about La Brasa through J who had seen it walking home from the train station one night.
After a quick google search we saw that the reviews were stellar and that their menu takes restaurant goers below surface level Mexican, into a world of global eccentric food. La Brasa hits different parts of North American and South America to create their signature of “whole-roasted animals and a bounty of creative salads, sides, “street foods,” and desserts.”
First off – the décor is beautiful. It is very rustic, simple and clean, which I love. They managed to keep the food elevated while the experience and atmosphere cozy.
The heart of La Brasa is surrounded by the wood fired grill. Similar to Terra, at Eataly Boston, most of the menu is prepared on the wood grill. The kitchen has an open concept which allows eaters to view the grill and see the food being prepared.
It reminds me of being home and just popping in on mom cooking dinner.
Their menu is seasonal and includes locally sourced meat, produce and dairy.
There is nothing better than a restaurant paying homage to the area that it is located in. The food may not be “American” but the ingredients sure are. To me, supporting local business and local finds is essential for success at a local neighborhood restaurant.
It connects the patrons to the food, you know?
J and I like to go there during $1 oysters which are every day from 5-6.
You heard me right, $1 oysters every day! What a deal, right?
We are the type of people who like to try everything so we usually order a bunch of things and split them all.
The two of us started with the oysters, obvi. We also got the Braised Beef & Sweet Corn Tamale. I think I actually got two orders of this. The masa was perfect. Not mushy at all, and topped off with the braised beef and a few pieces of fresh jalapenos and acorn squash was amaze balls.
OMG, the tamale is absolutely drool worthy.
Next, we added on FRIED CHICKEN WINGs. They came with fresh horseradish, snails and mesquite brown butter.
The chicken wings caught me off guard. They were sweet, sticky and crunchy all at the same time.
La Brasa had their Daily Beef roast with a fresh chimichurri, served table side and by the ounce. It was very tender and left me salivating.
We went back to another round of oysters, but this time, the Wood Roasted Oysters. They were packed with lemon, herb and garlic. Pretty much a few of my favorite things.
Overall, I really enjoyed La Brasa, though it isn’t some place I could afford to go to every night (unless we only had $1 oysters).
In my next drop in I would like to try one of the entrees. Have you been to La Brasa? What is your favorite meal there?
Anyways, off to stuff my face with some yummy curry for dinner.
I could totally go for a meal like that right now. Darn it looks so scrumptious. That braised beef tamale looks divine, love the way it’s been presented.
I am not a big fan of oysters, but the wood grilled meat looks amazing!!!!
Love all of your meal/food posts! This looks so delicious!
Thank you Linda!
All the food looks so yummy!!!!
Being a foodie I share the similar interest of exploring new cuisines around the World like you. I never tried Mexican food yet but after going through your article and all those pics I am thinking about giving it a try..
OMG you should! Mexican food is full of so much depth and thoughtfulness.
Oh that beef with chimichuri on top looks so delicious! I have never had authentic mexican food before so I am looking forward to my upcoming trip to Mexico. I will try as many dishes as possible. The 1$ oysters are definitely an amazing deal!
Where will you be going in Mexcio? Have a great time!
Looks delicious and the presentation is amazing! Great review- thanks for sharing!
That looks like an exquisite restaurant. Everything looks delicious.
It all looks so delicious!
All the photos are looking so delicious especially that grilled meat and oysters are really a steal.
This looks delicious! I would love to eat and travel the word as a job too! That’d be so fun! xo Jana | http://www.janastyleblog.com
My mouth is DROOLING! I also loveee to travel and eat! It is a major part of my travel experience quite honestly. And yes Mexican is my favorite too. Great post!
I already dinner, but looking at the picture with the oysters made me hungry again, ahahah! Wish I had a similar place in my city!
You had me at $1 oysters!
Girl! Not many places do them anymore. Usually, $1.50 oysters, but this is really $1!
You got some amazing photos of the food here. It looks like an interesting restaurant. I could go for the oysters myself.
these look delicious! i have only eaten twice in a Mexican restaurant, we usually opt for Japanese when eating out
I love Japanese! Do yo have any good recommendations?
Oh wow this look lovely!! They all look delicious but what an amazing deal on the oysters! I would eat here if I could, no doubt!
These look so amazing , getting hungry. The beef roast with a fresh chimichurri is something I need to recreate, I love cooking
All this food looks absolutely delicious!! I love finding new places to eat!
I may have just finished dinner an hour or so ago, but now I am totally wanting some of this goodness!
Story of my life: food + more food
The food sounds delicious, I really like their presentation. I love finding new places and trying new cuisines.
Wow this food looks so amazing!! I would love to take my fiance here sometime.
It’s great when restaurants locally source food/ingredients. The beef roast looks so yummy!
Those oysters look beyond delicious. and that steak? Fresh and local ingredients are key in making the best of the best food!
I love open concept restaurants! It’s so cool to see your food being prepared, and to just hear the noises of the kitchen. I’m drooling over this food! I love knowing that when I’m eating at a restaurant the food is fresh, and being locally sourced is such a great way to keep your community thriving!
You said it perfectly and I couldn’t agree more!
I am a big foodie. You gave an awesome review and the food looks delicious. ????????
Yum! Those look amazing!
Belle | One Awesome Momma
The food looks yum although i do prefer restaurants that offer a better value for money….i also love places which use absolutely fresh and wholesome ingredients which add a burst of flavours to the dish..
That’s what I dreamt too before to be paid by travelling and eating! That oyster looked so flavorful!
This looks so yummy I could so eat this going to google this restaurant. I am feeling hungry.
I’ve never tried oysters before but I really want to now. And what value for money, would be rude not to!
haha, yes, it would be very rude!
I also love Mexican food so I loved this. I bet this tasted delicious, I’m jealous that you get to try all of this.
For real thou, there needs to be a company that will hire people that will travel all over to eat at restaurants. That would be my ideal job for me. I would be willing to try anything.
This is such an awesome post, my hubby will surely love to eat here. you got me at $1 for oysters, I will be sharing this post with him.
wow! it sounds like you had fun, and that is such a good deal with the oysters. I wonder if they have anything available for vegetarians or vegans? I’ve never been there before but it sounds like they really have some culinary talent and connect well with their patrons.
Oh wow i amstarving just reading this. the Daily Beef roast with a fresh chimichurri looks lovely and what oysters for $1 is amazing x
I love your review of Mexican delicacies of this restaurant. But I cannot say much on food as I am vegetarian so do not have even a slightest inkling on non veg items.
Not my type of food tbh, so cannot say it looks appealing to me, but it certainly looks like it is presented well and I am glad that you enjoyed it 🙂
Those foods you shared are totally delicious. It makes me really hungry now. lol!! I am sure that my husband will love this oyster. He really loves to try different foods.
Those oysters looked really good. I’m literally obsessed with oysters!
OMG your pictures are too good, making me hungry now lol I am definitely having oysters tomorrow 😀
This recipe looks so good! It looks totally delicious that it made me feel like I want to try this right now
Everything looks so good, especially the oysters! Your post made me hungry!
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