500BestSquareMazorca @ Baru Bistro & Tapa

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The description of this Colombian dish doesn’t ring a dinner bell. In fact, it sounds like a curious collection of ingredients: corn, cheese, and fried shoestring potatoes, topped with what the menu (and the waiter) only identify as pink sauce. Yet something about it makes you want to order it. And the first taste gives new respect for your subconscious and its way of picking winners for no apparent reason. It’s an appetizer at this fine little Central American-South American-Caribbean cafe.

Baru Bistro & Tapa. Uptown: 3700 Magazine. 504-895-2225.

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