by Todd Price, NOLA.com
Bayou Road might be the most curious stretch in New Orleans. It has a record store, a reggae club, a Jamaican restaurant, an art center and a coffee shop shaped like a Pagoda. Now that Pirogues is open on the corner of Bayou Road and Broad Street, the strip also has another place to eat.
Here are five things to know about the new bar and restaurant:
The no-frills decor has a vaguely swamp theme, with netting and a cottonmouth pirogue hanging behind the bar. “I wanted to fit right in with the corner,” said owner Albert Silvera.
The kitchen stays open late with options like a bacon and cheddar panini ($6.50), pork tacos ($6) and vegetarian chili ($5.95). See menu below.
Silvera, who’s also the chef, has cooked at Doris Metropolitan and the now-closed Rambla. He used to have a tapas restaurant in Los Angeles. But at Pirogues, he tried to keep his fine dining instincts in check.
Pirogues has a full bar with a small selection of bottled and canned beers.
The house drink, a combination of Espolón tequila, ginger beer and orange juice is called the Cottonmouth ($7) in honor of the boat behind the bar.
Pirogues is open daily from noon to midnight. The kitchen stays open all night.
Pirogues: 2565 Bayou Rd., New Orleans, 504.948.6349