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.