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New Tucson Restaurant: Agustin Brasserie – Opens March 23

Brasserie at the Mercado
Brasserie at the Mercado

New Tucson Restaurant: Agustin Brasserie – Opens March 23

I was fortunate to enjoy lunch there today. I took my friend Marianne. She exclaimed, “Wow! This doesn’t look anything like anywhere in Tucson. It’s so French.” Marianne felt transported and tried to practice her francais on me.

She ordered French onion soup and a burger with frites. I ordered the house salad (love the creamy horseradish-y lemon-y dressing) and the burger with frites. Oh, boy. The brioche bun was heavenly and apparently is a well kept secret as to where it comes from but oohh la la. Buns aside — the meat was robustly flavored or maybe it was a better quality of meat than I am used to. Marianne practically shouted, “This beats Zin Burger by far!” And those frites weren’t bad either.

Trying to eat less carbs, I put the bun aside except for a taste in lieu of the frites. Some people can have it all but not my hips.

At the Brasserie, was Bryan from JaxKitchen and The Abbey and his general manager. I was eying his food and he seemed familiar but was out of context until he came over and said hi. It’s nice to see other restaurateurs eating around town.

The service was excellent today (thanks to Heidi) and at last Friday’s cocktail party (thanks to Ron). Ron told us that he is a career waiter and proud of it. Go Ron! As for the wait staff they all wear blue shirts and they are not all young and a size zero. Embrace service diversity.

I have a feeling that Agustin Brasserie is in the right place at the right time and I look forward to introducing it to friends and out of town guests and going there for Sunday brunch.

from the press release

Tucson, Ariz—The long awaited Agustin Brasserie, located in the Mercado San Agustin Public Market (100 S. Avenida del Convento at the west end of Congress), is scheduled to officially open for dinner Friday, March 23.

Lunch service and the afternoon menu will begin on March 27 and brunch service will start on Sunday, April 1.

Agustin Brasserie features classic bistro food in a casually elegant space. The welcoming interior at Agustin includes a dining room with intimate tables and banquettes finished in warm wood tones; crisp white walls – and strikes the perfect balance between vintage and modern. The adjoining bar area has additional table and bar seating, and is highlighted by a gorgeous custom-made marble bar. Outdoor dining includes courtyard patio seating as well as a roof top lounge with an up close view of A Mountain – and will quickly be discovered as one of the most special places to watch the spectacular Tucson sunsets.

Owner and Culinary Director, Glen Stosius is excited to see it all come together.  Stosius has overseen the development of the menus (lunch, dinner and the afternoon menu) which include many classic Brasserie -inspired dishes, like: house-made Country Pate, Nicoise Salad, Duck Confit, and more. Agustin has wide appeal with many special items for seafood lovers – including Whole Grilled Fish, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Soup de Poisson, Soft Shell Crab BLT, a fresh daily selection of Raw Bar items and more.

The menu also includes a variety of, meat and poultry and options including Pepper Crusted Black and Blue Burger, Roasted Chicken, Tenderloin and more. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes at Agustin are purchased at the weekly Mercado Farmers Market held in the courtyard – it doesn’t get more “local” than that!

As in the creation of the food menu, the cocktails at Agustin are all made with the finest, freshest ingredients available. The final result is an exceptional cocktail list featuring classic libations such as the Pimm’s Cup and Sidecar, as well as New Orleans’ favorites like the French 75 and Big Easy.

Agustin Brasserie (100 s. Avenida del Convento, just west of I-10 on Congress), located in the Mercado San Agustin is open six days a week. Lunch & Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Bar open until 1am, Brunch: Sunday 8am – 3pm Afternoon Menu: Tuesday – Friday 3pm-6pm.  Closed Mondays. For more information visit the website . Phone 520-398-5382.

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