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Latin-American Hotspot Bäcobar Lands on Northshore

Plus, a new spot for Caribbean in Gretna & Tex-Mex in Metairie.

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COVINGTON— Todd Price reports that Bäcobar is now officially open on the Northshore. The highly-anticipated restaurant is a collaboration of former Commander's Palace chefs Jean-Pierre Guidry and Carl Schaubhut, with a menu focused on locally-sourced Latin and Asian inspired street food including kimchi debris fries, crawfish rangoon gratin, bacos (steamed bun tacos) and more.

The restaurant serves numerous frozen daiquiris including a French 75, Plantation Punch, and a Seasonal Lemonade (check out the Insta love below).  A full bar also includes local beers, wine and a specialty cocktail menu created by New Orleans bar legend Lu Brow.

Status: Officially open at 70437 Highway 21, Tues-Thurs, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (985) 893-2450. Official Website. [NOLA.com]

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GRETNA– Island Paradise, a no-frills but charming Caribbean restaurant, is now open next to Da Wabbit. Trinidad-native Nadine Balbosa offers a short but exceptional menu of jerk chicken, goat, oxtail, roti, fried plantains, peas and rice, and even Red Stripe to drink. Officially open at 635 Kelper St., Tues-Sat for lunch/dinner. (504) 227-5544. Facebook page. [NOLA.com]

METAIRIE— Louisiana-based chain El Paso Mexican Grill has opened in the former  SOHO Asian Cuisine on Vets with an extensive menu of Tex-Mex fare, a full bar, patio seating, and over a dozen large screen televisions for sports fanatics. Officially open at 601 Vets. Hours unknown. (504) 218-4590. Official Website. [Gambit]

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