Dominican Republic: Barra Payan

by Nick Argires

A Santo Domingo staple, a stop on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and a 24-hour greasy dive destination, Barra Payan serves up sandwiches and shakes. That’s it. It’s a simple menu. No sides. Two things that are just really, really good. The shakes are made with fresh fruit that fills the counter tops, the sandwiches are simple — filled with cheese and add-ons like pulled pork, ham, mustard, mayo, tomatoes and more cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. The round-the-clock corner spot has people lined up day and night — and for good reason.

Batida de Zapote (fresh fruit with milk)

The bread is crispy and airy and the cheese is on par with some of the best Wisconsin brick.


Check out the menu at Barra Payan.

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