Having just read a New York Times travel section article about a trip to Rio, the cocktail list featuring Caipirinhas was a great draw. They did not disappoint! This little place offers local favorites like fried oysters, which were wonderful, plus Brazilian specialties seldom found on U.S. restaurant menus. I really enjoyed my meal-size camarones salad, with perfectly seasoned shrimp and fresh greens. My friend’s drum à la plancha was a nice turn on a favorite Gulf fish. When we arrived early on a Thursday night, there were few people dining, but by the time we left, it was packed. Prices at Baru offer good value in an authentic NoLa atmosphere, away from the tourist beat. I look forward to returning here on my next trip.
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