Bacaro LA, South LA

Alex and I went to Bacaro last week for a last minute date night. It’s only a few minutes from my place, which is great- now that we’ve discovered it, we’ll surely be back! We started off at this quirky, small wine bar with their red sangria; the cinnamony undertones reminded me of all the mulled wine I drank in London- delicious. We then ordered a series of small plates, all which came out in a timely manner; our favourite was the Burrata di Stefano, the burrata was creamy and rich, perfectly complemented by the EVOO. Since I’m always a fan of polenta, I was delighted to see it on the menu with something vegetarian (it almost always accompanies beef or lamb, to my dismay), and while the dish was good, I wish there had been a sauce to bring it all together. Alex thoroughly enjoyed his crispy pig ears, which paired really nicely with the thick, chipotle aioli. Our dessert of brown butter cookie dough, chocolate ganache, bruleed bananas and cream was also really good, if not a little heavy and oversweet. In hindsight, we both wished we had opted for the lighter fruit and cream dessert special. Everything we had at Bacaro was good, however we found that the salt levels on all of the dishes were extremely high, and that the pizza was overly sweet due to how the garlic was roasted and the sugar in the tomato sauce. If Bacaro can tame its use of salt, it would be much better off. The atmosphere was perfect for a date or catching up with friends, save the drunk USC bros in the corner- but as they say, bros will be bros, even in a place like Bacaro. That being said, we still thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and will definitely be back!

– priya

baguette with roasted garlic olive oil

Burrata di Stefano- with cracked pepper, sea salt and grilled sourdough

pan seared polenta topped with a market eggplant salad

roasted garlic pizza with mixed greens

crispy pig skin ears with chipotle aioli 

brown butter cookie dough, chocolate ganache, banana brulee, candied walnuts & cream

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