Mexico meets New Orleans at new Metairie restaurant, Baja NOLA

1 year ago The Times-Picayune 0

Baja NOLA is a family business. Ricky and Jazmin Bermudez, young newlyweds, are the owners of the Metairie restaurant that opened in July. And restaurants are also Ricky’s family business. His grandmother ran a meat market, and he uses her chorizo recipe at Baja NOLA. His mom used to own a restaurant on the West Bank. Now she has La Placita grocery in Kenner.

Ricky is Honduran, but he grew up in Houston eating Mexican food. But Baja NOLA bills itself as the home of the Mexican charbroiled oyster, which is topped with pico de gallo and three kinds of Mexican cheese. At Baja NOLA, Mexico and New Orleans blend.

“We’re excited to try new things,” Jazmin Bermudez said. “We’re young. We want to do something different.”

The Mexican corn sprinkled with white cheese is cooked in crab boil. The tortas, Mexican sandwiches, can be stuffed with barbacoa or hot sausage. You can order tacos with carne asada, but also with fried oysters and jicama slaw.

Seafood is a big part of the Baja NOLA menu.

“When people see ‘Baja’ they think of seafood,” Ricky Bermudez said.

And he makes all the salsas and dishes each day from scratch.

“I’m always here,” he said, “from open to close.”

Opened: July 4

On the menu: Guacamole ($4.50); Mexicajun corn ($4.50); Mexican chargrilled oysters ($10.95 for 6; $18.95 for a dozen); tacos ($2.95 each); Mexican hot dog ($3.95); torta po-boy ($8.95) (See the full menu online)

Need to know: Baja NOLA plans to add a Mexican breakfast soon.

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Baja NOLA is located at 2425 N. Hullen St. in uMetairie.