A spot for creative bao — steamed buns with international fillings — in Covington
Bacobar bills itself as an international street food concept that draws influences from Asian, Latin, Creole and Cajun cuisines. Commander's Palace alums Jean Pierre Guidry and Carl Schaubhut opened the restaurant in Covington in February and serve dishes that are creative, colorful and fun.
Asian influences are strongest, with dishes pulling from Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai cuisines. Lime wedges accompany almost everything and there's plenty of Sriracha, lemon grass, soy and ginger, though never to the point of overkill.
Restaurant concepts such as this often cast too wide a net, emphasizing quantity of ingredients over quality of craft. The kitchen here doesn't fall into that trap, and dishes are executed with a delicate hand, taking care not to confuse too many flavors, rather layering them carefully, playing textures and ingredients off of each other.