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2036 Lombard St. (Fillmore St.) Send to Phone
Vintage Mexican restaurant that is more Tex than it is Mex, but still manages to draw a steady crowd to its kitschy dining room.

Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Barca Restaurant Review

: Back when Mexican food was still considered exotic cuisine, restaurateurs did much in the way of its décor to convince diners of its authenticity, and if nothing else, could at least pique enough interest to get them in the door. La Barca hails from that era---1963 to be exact---and while its menu has evolved somewhat since its opening, the ambience is pure vintage. The sprawling restaurant has been designed to resemble an outdoor plaza, with tiled floors and tiled terracotta awnings over booths. Wrought iron hanging lanterns with yellow glass and iron gates mark entrances to the restaurants various rooms. The hearty, basic menu may not be as ornate as the atmosphere, but it evokes any former neophyte's introduction to Mexican dishes and flavors. Ingredients are fresh and dishes do not fall victim to heavy-handedness when it comes to sauces or condiments. Tender chunks of chicken are nicely met with mild green salsa and sour cream in the enchiladas suizas. Shredded chicken breast, wings and thighs smothered in thick, rich mole sauce offer a bit more pizzazz. Desserts are limited to ice cream and sundaes with the most elaborate including Kahlúa or amaretto.
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