Baja Fresh

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Bad Economy Vs. Expensive Food - I Got What For $15?
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So a new Baja Fresh just opened near me. I thought 'cool, new place to eat!' I had never been in a Baja Fresh, never even hear of one, so I had no preconceived idea other than its just another fast food place that serves Mexican food. I love Mexican food too. When I went in the place it looked like any other fast food place such as Panda Express, or a burger joint. Tables, coke machine. Same design we have all seen with these newer food places. I looked at the menu and was somewhat confused, I found the menu hard to understand, but no big deal, I just asked the cashier what the cost was for some items and she had to look at the menu and could not find some prices either. That should have been warning I guess. Anyway, I asked how much is a chicken taco? They asked me did I want baja or amercianco taco. I said what is the difference, she looks at the menu - no description there, and asked person next to her and I found out one is lettuce, tomato and cheese; the other is not. I said baja and she told me it was $2.49 For one taco. I thought wow, must be a big taco. So I order it and drink. Also got a taco for my wife and a mahi crispy taco for my daughter. Came up to $15. I thought it was little high but figured the tacos were bigger than the ones at other places. Well I was wrong. When the taco's arrived they were just the standard size soft taco shells, about 4" or so, dripping in what I assume (hope) was salsa. The chicken was dry and burnt (I guess that is char broiled), and nothing special really. The mahi taco was not crispy, it was fish slab with a stiffer taco shell, but not crispy at all. 3 Tacos, 3 drinks for $15? Really? The price is a little high for what it is. I can get tacos for. 49, .69, And a $1.29 That are a match to it from dozens of places. $2.49 Is a little outrageous for one small taco. Now had it been a larger tasty one I'd not complain. But seriously, I could have eaten the same amount someplace else for half that.

In this economy charging $2.49 For one taco proves PT Barnum was right. No more baja for me.. Let others pay that price.. I'll save my money. It was not that good to justify the cost.
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Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
The first and only time I went to a Baja Fresh I left with about the same opinion as you azRider. These places are springing up everywhere. I must be missing something because I just don't get it.

Great review.

Why doesn't Azrider have any stars? Would one of you star'ed members who I helped in the past (and you know who you are) return the love by voting up some of Azrider's comments. Thank you.
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
I don't care for Baja Fresh. It's way overpriced and way salty.
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
I have been at this place before its alright. I like Chipotle better.
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
I agree the Tacos are overpriced but the burritos over there are decent.
madconsumer on 05/13/2011:
great review.

very helpful.
momsey on 05/13/2011:
Good review. I've been there once and my son had a meltdown of epic proportions so I couldn't tell you what I got, what I paid, or if it was any good.
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
$15 for 3 people is about average at a place like Baja Fresh. Sorry your meal was disappointing.
Mrs. V on 05/13/2011:
I've never been to a Baja Fresh, though we have one near us. We normally go to Chipotles. We had been thinking of trying Baja, but if the food is overpriced for the serving size, I think we will pass.

Thanks for the review, azRider ^_^

jktshff1 on 05/13/2011:
A specific location would be helpful.
old fart on 05/13/2011:
I'M betting the poster is in Arizona...
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
I bet you are right OF.
Alain on 05/13/2011:
The nearest Baja is in State College which is a pretty fair distance. I won't be making the trip. Good review, AZ!
Starlord on 05/13/2011:
We have a chain in Washington called Taco Del Mar, and from your post, it sounds like the two are related. We ate there one time, and swore never again. It reminded me of when we were in Ssandy Eggo and saw all the signs, raving about the new fish taco. I got brave one day and oredered one. It turned out to be a fish stick in a tortilla. I was irate, and only my good sense kept me from taking the taco stand apart, board by board. I have since had a good fish taco, a fillet with shredded cabbage, not lettuce, and a special sauce that was pretty good.
trmn8r on 05/13/2011:
I am guessing that if this food was average or better, $15 for three people isn't excessive. It sounds like the problem is they have to improve the quality.
Anonymous on 05/13/2011:
$15 for three people is NOT excessive if they actually ATE. One small taco isn't exactly lunch!
Ytropious on 05/13/2011:
15 bucks is about what hubs and I spend at Chipotle for 2 burritos and 2 drinks.
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Maggots In Salsa
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NATOMAS, CALIFORNIA -- I am sick. Literally! This was a new location for Baja Fresh. DelPaso Blvd in Natomas ~ so ~ naturally ~ I thought for it would be clean. Nothing could be further from the truth. I used to do pest control and I know the smell of a cock roach infestation. The roach smell overwhelmed the smell of food. Ask any pest control company and they will tell you ~ roaches do have a smell but there has to be a pretty bad infestation for it to be noticeable. But ~ I ignored my nose and went ahead and ordered. I was choking down my burritto as I dipped into the salsa. hmmm? Is that white rice? Rice does not move does it? I scooped out a couple squirmy rice peices AGH>>>three moving rice kernels! I could not even tell the cashier! There was no time as I felt the bits of food I had eaten churn in my belly. I left as fast as I could and regurgitated. The Baja on Elcamino Blvd near Elcentro was shut down a few years ago. Now ~ after this experience ~ I am beginning to wonder if it was the health department that closed it. hmmmmmmm? AGH! I will not eat out for a long long time ~ and never ever at Baja "Fresh?"
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madconsumer on 10/24/2011:
did you contact the management or the corp office? I recently watched a program about Baja Fresh, and they really do care.
Anonymous on 10/24/2011:
Once you recovered from regurgitating, you then called the Health Department, right?
oldisgood on 10/25/2011:
3 little squirmy pieces of rice and you didn't tell anyone about it at the restaurant? Why not?
Kris10 on 10/25/2011:
firstly, you smelled the roaches and STILL ATE THERE?!?!?! Ick. I would have been out the door as quick as possible. Please tell us you contacted both management and the Health Dept.
Anonymous on 10/25/2011:
No one eats at an establishment when they know it is infested with pests.
Slimjim on 10/25/2011:
I don't understand why there was no time to tell anyone about your rice. What about when they brought the bill?
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Bland Food is Way Overpriced
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ARIZONA -- I started a new job a few weeks ago and there is a Baja Fresh across the street. Since they are so close, I have gone a few times. The first time I went I got a burrito. It was pretty bland. The meat had no flavor and the veggies were overcooked. A few weeks later they were offering my company a buy one get one free day. I went and got two tacos. Again, tastesless and bland. I decided to add some salsa verde to the taco. The salsa was very watery with no flavor as well. I have eaten at Baja Fresh before and I don't remember it being so bland. I gave them two chances and each time I was disappointed. They are one of the few places near my work, but I won't be going back.
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DebtorBasher on 09/04/2010:
I've never heard of them...Must not be in my neck of the woods.
But, unflavored meat? YUCK!
Anonymous on 09/04/2010:
I have been to Baja before the food is pretty good to me.
Anonymous on 09/04/2010:
Wally you think Taco Bell is good
Anonymous on 09/04/2010:
I went once. Didn't like it either. The local taco places where I live are so much better. Real authenic Mexican food. Baja Fresh has very high calorie counts too. That surprised me because I think originally they were trying to play up the healthy aspects of their food. I guess if you just eat the lettuce, tomatoes and salsa, lol. I'll take the fattening real Mex food any day.
Anonymous on 09/04/2010:
I prefer Chipotle anyway.
Anonymous on 09/04/2010:
Chipotle is good. There's one within driving distance from my work. Too bad its not across the street like Baja Fresh is. I agree sing. I prefer the authentic places. But I work in an area full of over priced places to eat
Anonymous on 09/05/2010:
Well, cuteshorty, the only cure is to bring your own then :)
raven2010 on 09/05/2010:
I don't care for this place, either. Overpriced and always watered down and mushy. I gave up a long time ago.
Anonymous on 09/05/2010:
I usually bring my own food to work. But sometimes I am running late and forget to grab something for lunch. There is a Schlotzky's on the other side of where I work. I went there for the first time last week. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food is. Its a little pricey there too, but my company gets a discount
raven2010 on 09/05/2010:
YUM!!!!! Schlotsky's has the best bagels in the WORLD! great prices for the huge portions you get also.
Anonymous on 09/05/2010:
I will have to try the bagels Raven.
Anonymous on 09/05/2010:
They have Awesome sandwiches also.
Anonymous on 09/05/2010:
I got the veggie pizza. I will have to try the sammies. Wally, you sound like a man who knows good food.
MRM on 09/05/2010:
Cuteshorty aka Yaya, welcome back! Congratulations on your new job! I look forward towards your first star!
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