Monday, November 16, 2009
Maybe it's because I'm Mexican, but I find it very hard to fuck up beans, cheese, grilled chicken, and tortillas. Not knowing whose concept Baja Fresh belongs to, I'll just assume that it's a bunch of white dudes in suits who say "tor-till-uh" instead of "tor-tee-yah," and then proceed to talk a bunch of shit on their inadequate burritos. Here goes:
1. When your fresh salsa bar sits out from 11am to 9pm, I question exactly how "fresh" any of it can be at 8pm, hours after the acid in the tomato finally loses the battle to the acid in the lime, and the pico de gallo becomes a mealy mess of sodden produce. The mango salsa suffered a similar fate, and what remained resembled canned peaches in syrup (a bad thing).
2. Don't put the word "fresh" in your menu if you're going to serve the chicken with the artificial grill marks.
3. "Enchilado" is neither a word nor a style.
4. Since you're really not much higher up the food scale than Taco Bell, I strongly recommend not serving fish.
5. Tortillas should be gently warmed, not toasted to the point of crumbling at the slightest bit of pressure.
I imagine we'll eat here again because it's so close, but if you can avoid it, you should do so at all costs. You're better off just buying a can of beans and a stack of tortillas from the grocery store. Buen provecho.
Our local Baja Fresh is on Ridge Pike across the way from FWOT in the shopping center where there's an REI. We wasted $18 on two burritos and two sodas. The burritos came with chips, but they were soggy and salty and very upsetting to eat.