by Ensenada Gringo Food Editor, Cali Cucaracha
Barra Azul looks like one of your old college hangouts. It’s in a residential neighborhood on Calle Once(11th) at Espinoza. You would expect some poets, musicians and professors to be gathered around discussing Hunter S Thompson’s writing or whether Hendrix or Stevie Ray was better.
The menu is seafood and simple. We started with a salad, which was big enough to split. It had crisp greens, tomato, strawberries, apples, cucumber and raisins in a light vinagrette dressing. Note to self: add some more fruit to your salads at home for a sweet changeup.
I continued my Bohemia streak started at happy hour, as that beer is my favorite Mex cerveza.
She ordered shrimp ceviche and I ordered a shrimp cocktail. My photo of the food, below, is weak, but, the presentations of both of those dishes is outstanding. But, the taste is every bit as good as your favorite mariscos stand with the addition of comfy chairs, adult beverages and a bohemian atmosphere.
Barra Azul is easy to find. For you weenies that never venture uptown further than Lopez Mateos, Calle Once is about 3/4 of a mile inland.
Food comes with a basket of BAKED and fried tostadas plus crackers. I have become a fan of baked tostadas.
Four beers, salad and two nice seafood plates totaled 315 pesos, approx $24USD. Add a tip for our attentive service and that’s an easy, fresh and inexpensive dinner. That’s only a shade higher price than a taco stand. Our trip to Barra Azul was extremely satisfying.