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Vera Cruz-- new chef, he's good!

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Vera Cruz-- new chef, he's good!

Jess | Jun 8, 2005 11:14 AM

For those of you who, like me, bemoan the dearth of good Mexican (Tex-Mex, americanized mexican, whatever you want to call it) food in New Orleans, you'll be happy to hear that Vera Cruz on Maple St. is good. I went a few weeks ago in the throes of a quesadilla craving, even though I'd vowed to never go back after the last pasty, tasteless experience. I'd heard it used to be good many years ago, but I'd had uniformly mediocre to bad food there.

Halfway through the meal, as my DH and I were commenting to each other how good everything was (a "small" guac side with our chips was fresh tasting, and quite large, the refried beans were a good texture and nicely flavored, and all our food was well seasoned with nice sauces) when we heard the server at the next table talking about the new chef. I don't know anything about him, except I've been back 2 more times, and have been very impressed with everything, both off the specials menu (auditioning for places on a revamped menu) and the old menu. Queso fundido was decadant, melted and browned cheese with deep fried shrimp and avocado (also deep fried!) and a creamy dipping sauce.

It's not haute cuisine or anything, and I wish they made their own tortillas, but those of you who have written it off, try it again! It's a great improvement to my little 'hood.

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