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Feb 2, 2007 11:18 PM


I grew up the son of a foodie back in New York, and now I'm down here for school, and I need to broadedn my palette beyond the horrible campus food and fast food options that are college staples. I developed a strong love for all Spanish Tapas, and I'm curious if people have any good suggestions for places in Orleans Parish, as I really can't get outside the city often.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. vegas tapas in metarie. rio mar(seafood centric)in warehouse district. i dont know if this is still going on, but at Bachanal wine store in bywater on cerain nights the old chef from marisol does a special tapas style menu. IMO, best overall food experience in the city post k. A must for a foodie.

    1. I've been doing research for our upcoming trip to NO early March and noted Lola's on Esplanade. Several mentions on this board and got 26 pts in the 07 Zagat guide just published. We're hoping to check it out in a few weeks.

      1. Mimi's in the Marigny. You can get there in less than 15 minutes from this neighborhood, (get up on the interstate and take Esplanade), and it has the added advantage of serving food until 4 am. There's also some tapas on the menu at the Fiesta Bistro right by Lebanon's on Carrollton. Not too bad.

        1. Rio Mar at lunch. Just fantastic for tapas. Couldn't recommend more for lunch or dinner, just as fresh and tasty as you could ever hope for. Also they opened an Argentine restaurant around the corner and down the street (La Boca) which is equally delicious. We went in there for hubby's birthday dinner with champagne which they don't have on the wine list and therefore no champagne glasses. They actually sent someone over to Rio Mar to get champagne glasses for us. I have never had a bad dish, let alone a bad meal at Rio Mar. Yummy!!!

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          1. re: nosurndr

            Yes, Rio Mar is the ticket, especially considering a student budget & transportation limitations. It's located on S. Peters, not too far uptown of Poydras St. Tapas at lunch range from $4 to $10, with a changing selection of items. See Rio Mar's website:, which has a sample tapas menu.

          2. I ate at Fiesta Bistro (on Carrollton by Lebanon's) the other day and they have a tapas menu in addition to the large plates. We had a slab of tequila-flambed manchego, calamari, two versions of gambas, one fried and one sauteed with garlic, and patatas bravas. Here's the astonishingly unhelpful part: I'm in the late stages of a flu/cold thing and I couldn't taste anything. Literally nothing. But the textures were nice.

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            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Honestly, you were lucky that your taste buds weren't operating. I had a terrible lunch there.