Picosa is the Latin fusion resto that opened on St. Anthony Main where Sophia used to be.
It started rough, with a complimentary basket of frybread served with green tomatillo salsa. Ick. Frybread was a travesty foisted on Native Americans, and I hate to see it foisted on resto customers. But that's just my opinion. And the salsa, while good, didn't really work with the frybread.
The offer small plates, salad, soup, and main dish menus.
We had the grilled shrimps from the small plates menu. Grilled to perfection with a nice marinade, served with a pico de gallo type surround of shopped salsa. I know that sounds weird, but it makes sense. From the same menu, we also had the masa with crab. It really came as more of a pair of crab empanadas. The filling was somewhat more bland and sour-creamy than I would expect. I was hoping for a spicier filling. Overall good, though.
We had the grilled octopus salad from the salad list. The salad itself was a not overwhelming bed of greens and corn. The octopi were, unfortunately, overcooked and rubbery. Vulcanized. But the flavor was good. Had they been cooked the right amount of time, it would have been really good.
The beer selection sucks. All bottled. No locals. Only three "Mexican" beers - Corona (hardly qualifies as Mexican), Tecate (hardly qualifies as beer), and Modelo Especial. If they want their Latin fusion, they could extend that to include a number of Central- and South-American beers. They're available in the Twin Cities.
They've been open only a few weeks, and unfortuately, that shows a bit. They are still finding their voice as it were. But, the place has great potential be something like Babalu - Latin flavors in a resto/night club. One troubling bit, though. The staff t-shirts had a stylized cartoon of a martini glass with the phrase "Dirty? You hope she is." Not sure what that says about their chow priorities. I would hate to see this turn into another Trocadero.
I will go back, because I expect it to be quite good, once they get their groove on.