Barra Barra Saloon Unveils New Menu for 2012

March 2, 2012

Old Town’s Barra Barra Saloon is unveiling a new menu inspired by border town barbecue and Mexican comfort food. The new menu will be introduced Feb. 22 and will include a variety of fresh options and specials.

“This new menu adds more high quality selections of meats and fish such as Ahi tuna and flat iron steak,” said Chef Jose Pulido.  “While we have kept many of our customer’s favorites and added a new twist on existing dishes, we wanted to use the excuse of the new year to launch items featuring a new style and flavor not commonly seen on this side of the border.

Barra Barra is also adding a special kids-eat-free menu for those under 10.  It’s available everyday during lunch and dinner with each paying adult.

Barra Barra's New Paella

Among the new menu options are two new salads — a Mexican Caesar with flat iron steak and a spiced, seared Ahi tuna with white balsamic dressing. These special dishes are not typically offered in Mexican restaurants on this side of the border.

The entrees anticipated to be the biggest hits on the menu include grilled Achiote salmon, sautéed fresh sea bass, prawns sautéed in a light butter garlic sauce and Barra Barra’s seafood paella. The chefs are also adding a “meat lover’s” fajita plate, which will include carnitas, chorizo, chicken and beef all in one serving.  Black mussels a la diabla served in a thick spicy tomato diabla sauce, promises to bring a little heat to the taste buds.

The restaurant is also including a hickory smokehouse carne section to the menu, which will offer a variety of slow-roasted meats with hickory wood. Some of the entrees will be hickory-smoked chicken, guajillo barbecue brisket and flat iron steak.

Barra Barra Saloon is a part of the Fiesta de Reyes plaza, which is located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, at the intersection of Wallace and Calhoun streets. In addition to Barra Barra Saloon, the plaza boasts the Casa de Reyes restaurant and 18 specialty stores. There is free parking every weekday after 5 p.m. and all weekend only two-blocks from the restaurant at the CalTrans headquarters. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com.

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