Restaurant Review : Harriet Brasserie

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I had the most lovely start to my weekend this past Friday.

Anne found herself in a rare predicament of being family-less for the weekend. To celebrate her weekend of solitude, we kicked it off with lunch and pedicures. Perfect!

After scouring a list of restaurants we were interested in, we decided to check out Harriet Brasserie. I found their menu had the biggest “YUM” factor.

Harriet Brasserie is located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. While this neighborhood is uber cute, I loathe driving there and finding parking. It is always such a cluster. After the lunch I had, I will happily brave it again. The food matched the menu description. YUM.

I opted for something completely out of my wheelhouse – Tostadas. Layers of pinto beans and crispy tortillas topped with two over-easy eggs, lettuce, salsa, avocado and queso fresco.  Mexican inspired dishes are not usually my favorite but for what ever reason, it spoke to me. It was delicious. I was so excited about it, I didn’t get a photo until halfway through devouring the plate. The seasoning was perfect and the runny yolks mixed with the cripsy tortilla and soft beans was an amazing texture combination. I would definitely order these again.

Anne opted for the Ropa Vieja – a shredded beef and veggie mixture on top of a bed of rice. It was topped with fried yucca and scrambled eggs. (The server recommended over easy eggs, but Anne is not a fan of runny yolks. I know!). The beef was extremely flavorful and not a shred was left behind.

We also shared the Cucumber Gazpacho. I don’t think I’ve met a gazpacho I haven’t like. This was no exception. I pictured it being green, but it was more of an orange, with definite hints of red bell pepper.  It was cool, refreshing and most importantly, super tasty.

For dessert, we opted for a hot beverage. Anne went with a Nutella Mocha with spoonful’s of hazelnut chocolate goodness. I went with their house-made chai. It was spicy, frothy and the perfect ending to a great lunch.

The atmosphere at Harriet was warm and welcoming. The noise level was perfect. Anne and I could hear each other without having to raise our voices and I couldn’t hear the people next to me even though they were really close. We sat inside, but the outside space was super cute and adorned with beautiful flowers.

Our service was great. Attentive but not overbearing. Our server also recommended the tostadas and he was right on the money. Major bonus points for that.

I would definitely go back to Harriet Brasserie and would like to explore their dinner menu on my next visit.

Have you been to Harriet Brasserie? Where have you been dining out lately?

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