Baru Bistro and Tapas in New Orleans

Baru Bistro and Tapas in New Orleans
3700 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA

The decor is a bit rustic (it is a Carribbean themed restaurant). The waittress was very friendly and informative and I couldn’t help but notice that they kept refilling our water every few minutes.

We started off with atun tartare which had yellowfin tuna, avocado, coconut oil, soy sauce, chili sauce and white corn tortilla chips. It had a very nice composition (not too chewy which is something I fear with raw fish) and the flavor really popped with lime.

Then we had the ostras fritas which had deep fried Louisiana oysters with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions. These were awesome (good recommendation by waittress!) the outside was crispy and it was savory because of the caramelized onions.

Chuzos con chimichurri with grilled skewers of skirt steak, colombian chorizo, and shrimp.  The shrimp was really hyped up but I thought the skirt steak was amazing (slightly overcooked but really flavorful). The cilantro olive oil sauce was delicious with everything! And it came with this corn dough that was delicious.

Croquetas de pescado which is crispy white fish potato croquettes with spicy tartar sauce. These were surprisingly good. It wasn’t too fish-y in flavor and the croquette had a bit of other stuffing and the spicy tartar sauce was delicious.

For dessert, we had caramel vanilla flan with mango on top. The combination of mango, mint and caramel flan was amazing!

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Felipe’s in New Orleans

Felipe’s Taqueria
301 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 267-4406

It’s awesome that there are places in New Orleans that you can get a full and delicious meal for $5.50 (super burrito). My favorite is the steak burrito or chorizo burrito, depending on my mood. The steak is hit or miss though, sometimes the meat is fine and sometimes it’s a tug of war between the burrito and your teeth. Chorizo is usually a winner, a little on the salty side but very nice and spicy ground pork. I like to get mine with black beans and the red sauce (not pico de gallo). My fellow foodie had the fried shrimp burrito (it’s battered, not very fresh tho. the shrimp had already been pre-cooked and taken out of the fridge and re-fried on the spot. The shrimp still had veins in it too. The batter was on the sweet side somehow). The shrimp burrito with corn was overkill of sweet. The queso dip is great too, with a beer-base. The problem with the queso dip though is that it hardens right away once it’s off the heater. So be sure to enjoy your queso dip right away after you order it. Although the line is long, d0n’t worry, all the workers move very fast. Just try to avoid really busy meal times like noon and 6 PM.

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