Postcard From Tom: Minneapolis, Minn.
Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema's monthly report from the road.
BRASA ROTISSERIE (600 E. Hennepin Ave., 612-379-3030)
What could pass for a car repair shop on the outside contains a menu of roast pork, chicken and beef that comes prepared with some pedigree: Chef Alexander Roberts also owns Restaurant Alma, a Mediterranean-
accented restaurant that happens to be one of the top dining spots here. At Brasa, Roberts's long-cooked meats and soulful side dishes hark back to his worldly travels and meals he's made at home for friends. My ideal meal in this rustic room teams Caribbean-spiced pork with jalapeño-fueled spinach. Entrees $7.50-$14.50.
HELL'S KITCHEN (89 S. 10th St., 612-332-4700)
What a fun way to wake up! Downtown's wackiest a.m. destination is culled from eye-opening java, heavenly
ricotta-lemon hot cakes, a punchy corned beef hash and local walleye slipped between slices of sourdough for a fish sandwich of distinction. Bring an appetite; the portions are Bunyanesque. On the walls: red paint and hellish art. On the servers on Sundays: PJs and other bedtime attire. Breakfast dishes $3.75-$15.25
RED STAG SUPPERCLUB (509 First Ave. NE, 612-767-7766)
It would be hard to find a greener place to eat; the
tabletops turn out to be doors rescued from a condo
project, and the kitchen relies on solar panels and low-flow dishwashers. The menu, on the other hand, reflects the owner's youth in northern Wisconsin, which means there are fish fries on Fridays and updated Midwestern staples -- stroganoff made with venison, local mushrooms and watercress -- to consider. Cornmeal-sprinkled smelt fries sound like a joke, but the fishy snack gives french fries stiff competition. Entrees $16-$49.