What To Expect From Midtown’s New Baja Fresh
Actually, maybe I should rename this “what I expect from Midtown’s Baja Fresh”. When I passed through L.A. this past week, I took the liberty of enjoying a Baja Chicken Burrito from Baja Fresh, rekindling my excitement and raising my expectations for the branch of the chain we are getting on Lexington btw. 45+46th. I’ve heard that the Jersey locations are not that good, and quite frankly I will accept nothing less than a perfectly executed West Coast version of Baja Fresh, at the top of its game.
Example: the photo you see above is a salsa bar. More importantly, it’s a FREE salsa bar. And it doesn’t just have pico de gallo, salsa verde and two other kinds of salsa. It also has cilantro, limes, pepperoncinis, and sliced jalapenos. Take what you want… as much as you like! They better not pull any “this is NYC, we can’t afford a free salsa bar” shenanigans.
Oh, and that goes for the free chips as well.
That’s right. Free chips with every order, poured into your bag (or in a little container on your tray.) That’s another thing the West coast has over the East coast. At a burrito place, you shouldn’t have to pay for chips. And that goes for the Midtown location of Baja Fresh. No… freakin’… shenanigans!
And that’s pretty much it. And it’s important to keep in mind that my love of Baja Fresh only extends to the Baja Chicken Burrito. Is it Mexican food? No. Is it a gut busting, super flavorful, fat packing machine? No. But I’ll admit that sometimes I need a “clean” lunch (read: semi healthy), and I don’t do salads- so this is as good as it gets. Tortilla, cheese, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Simple. Perfect. I could eat one every day without killing myself (something I don’t think I could say about that Bay Area burrito from Los Charros.)
Baja Fresh, you’ve been warned. Don’t F this up.