Barra Barra Saloon

Our first visit to Old Town this December was Barra Barra Saloon, a restaurant we originally found through Tequila Trail 2012. One big reason was that there was a promotion on their website: "On the 5th day of your birthday month, you eat free! (up to $12)". So yea, here we are!

Barra Barra Saloon - outdoor patio night setting

There was a wait to be seated inside so we opted for the patio seating with heaters instead. It's a beautiful courtyard with a couple of fire pits here and there and standing heaters throughout. The night was still young and the air was crisp and slightly chilly. We munched on chips and salsa and ordered a mango margarita for only $6. It was super cold and refreshing but a little bit sour from what I remember.

Barra Barra Saloon - Chicken Mole Oaxaca

We sampled Chicken Mole Oaxaca during Spirits of Mexico Tasting Event 2013 so we decided to have it again as an actual meal! As before, the chicken meat just fell off the bone because it was so tender and the mole sauce was just rich, a hint of sweet, and almost chocolately. This dish was a sizeable portion so there was no lack of food here.

Barra Barra Saloon - Crab-Stuffed Salmon

Something different to eat on the menu was the Crab Stuffed Salmon. Yep, fish that isn't in a taco or burrito and it was delicious! The corn salsa was refreshing. We also got tortillas on the side for both our dishes but these were surprisingly hard, so they might not have been that fresh. I thought that this restaurant shared the tortilla making kitchen with Casa de Reyes so I don't know what happened to these tortillas!

At the end of the night, it was beginning to get a bit too chilly, even with the heaters, so we were ready to head home. Other than the tortillas (off night perhaps?), we enjoyed our dinner and suggest trying the mango bass ceviche or ask the waitress for other recommendations.

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Barra Barra Saloon
4016 Wallace Street
San Diego CA 92110
(619) 291-3200

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 2:38pm

The crab stuffed salmon looks delicious. How was the parking for this place? I wonder why they use the 5th day of the month to give you a free bday meal.

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Submitted by lynn on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 4:37pm

I think old town parking is less busy during the winter and during the weekdays so we didn't have any trouble parking on a Thursday. I wonder how many birthdays they usually get each month. The patio area seems big enough to fit a large party.

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