I have hesitated to review Brazo because I don't really want to have any more competition for the bar seats than there already is during the 5-7 pm happy hour. Having said that I have to admit my experience at Brazo is colored by the excellent service I have always received from Emile at the bar. He is really friendly, professional and incredibly efficient, even when both bar tending and serving a full bar drinks and food.
I have always ordered from the appetizer menu, both because I am not a fan of eating an entire entree, and because the happy hour includes half price appetizers. The Yucatan Style Fish Tacos with "crisp fried native cod, in a marinade of citrus, cilantro, and cayenne in a corn tortilla shell with salsa fresca and garlic crema" are really, really good. The Charred Romaine Salad with house-made ranchero dressing, blue cheese, roasted corn, black beans and salsa fresco is different and the flavors work together really well. The other dish I often order is the Pistachio Crusted Ahi Tuna over golden tostones with cilantro aioli, mango salsa and aged sherry reduction. The tuna is really fresh as is the mango salsa and the combination of ingredients really works. This is one of my favorite quick bites in Portsmouth and a nice treat after a work day.