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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dominican restaurant Mangu opens in Gretna

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM

click to enlarge Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week. - COURTESY MANGU/FACEBOOK
  • Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week.

It’s a family affair at Mangu (2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. Ste. 7, Gretna; (504) 324-9870), a new Dominican restaurant now open on the West Bank.

Leading the charge is owner Dariana Marte, who runs the back of the house with her mother and father, Jhovanny Marte and Jose Dario, in the kitchen, while her fiancé, Jovany Barreto, and her brother handle the restaurant’s  front of the house and marketing.

“Even the bussers and hostesses are cousins,” Barreto said. “It’s an all around family business.”

The idea for the restaurant, which sits on a stretch of Belle Chasse Highway near Terry Parkway, was hatched by Dariana Marte, a New Orleans native whose family hails from the Dominican Republic. With few — if any — Dominican restaurants in the area, Marte, a longtime service industry professional, saw a niche to be filled.  “We wanted to bring authentic Dominican cuisine to our area – we’re passionate and prideful of our culture,” Barreto said.

The restaurant is named after the mashed plantain dish served alongside traditional Dominican breakfasts. Called tres golpes, or "the three punches," it’s accompanied by fried cheese, fried salami, and fried eggs.

That, and a host of traditional dishes from the Caribbean island, are served here. There’s mofongo, a dish of fried green plantains mashed with garlic, salt, olive oil and pork cracklins topped with sautéed shrimp in a criollo salsa; yaroa, a typical Dominican street food that consists of French fries or sweet plantains topped with roasted pork and melted cheese; mondongo, the typical Dominican tripe stew served with rice or fried plantains; and bolas de yuca, or, deep-fried yuca balls filled with melted cheese.

A full bar includes a small selection of wine and beer, and a list of island-leaning cocktails, including specialty margaritas, sangria, pina coladas and rum punch.

Mangu is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page here.

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