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The Brasserie aka Brasserie Frisco formerly Al Frisco's

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The Brasserie aka Brasserie Frisco formerly Al Frisco's

sunnyside | Sep 4, 2005 01:54 PM

About 6-8 months ago, one poster had suggested the Brasserie several times as an option for affordable dining in the Entertainment District. My friend's birthday was on Thursday, and I suggested the Brasserie because a location in the Entertainment District with a patio was required. We also needed to be able to make reservations for 10 people, including 3 kids.
We made a reservation for 7:30, and when we stopped by at 7:15, we were told a table on the patio would be ready for us by 7:45, because the gentlemen drinking at our reserved table were settling up, and they had been told the table had to be free by 7:30. As of 8:30, we were still sitting inside the bar, waiting, because the men decided to eat dinner there, at "our table". The manager realized how annoyed we were getting, and managed to squeeze together about 5 small tables, on an angle, so we ended up being seated outside. The setting in the patio was nice enough. It was interesting to note the men were still eating at "our" table, when we left at 10:30 pm.
We ordered the Brasserie appetizer combination plate, to start, which included "Belgian" frites, aioli, calamari, bruschetta, chevre dip and shrimp. The bruschetta, dip and calamari were actually quite good. The frites looked like thick-cut fries, nothing like the skinny, crisp frites I've had in Belgium or even Cafe Brussels....but the kids liked them.The shrimp were garlicky and a little dry- nothing special.
I had the roasted beet, roquefort, walnut and spinach salad,which was decent, esp. for a chain restaurant. Most of the other guests either had the grilled chicken breast or margherita pizza with ample amounts of basil. The chocolate cake was very good- semisweet and moist.That was probably the best part of the meal.
This restaurant worked for the occasion- it was pretty cheap, in a good location for what we needed, and the kids found items they could order, but I doubt I would choose to return on my own. The menu sounds more interesting than most chain restaurant menus, but most of the food still ends up tasting like chain food, similar to the quality found at Alice Fazooli's (owned by same group) or Milestones.

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