Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

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Location
237 D Street
Hours
10:00am - 10:00pm
Phone
(530) 792-7000
Website
[WWW]http://www.bajafresh.com
Owner(s)
Names of owners/proprietors here
Established
2010-12-18
Closed
2012-01-10

Baja Fresh is chain of Mexican-ish restaurants selling burritos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, etc. One opened Saturday, December 18, 2010, at the former location of the Davis Holistic Health Center. After extensive remodeling it has plenty of window lighting. Nutrition info here: [WWW]http://www.bajafresh.com/nutritionals.php A single Baja Taco on corn tortillas seems a reasonable food choice, at 230-250 Calories each. Burritos weigh more than a pound, and nachos contain a full day's worth of calories. Baja Fresh contains freshly made food right on the spot, never frozen!!!

It stuck around for just over a year before closing in January 2012. The Davis Enterprise reported on January 9, 2012, that Baja Fresh has no immediate plans to open another one in the area.

The location will be replaced by El Toro Bravo, a new installment from the owners of Burgers and Brew and Crepeville.

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2010-08-23 02:15:22   Yay, excited! I know its a chain, but I love this place! —mperkel


2010-10-18 11:25:01   Anyone know when it's supposed to open? —BrianDoherty


2010-12-13 11:37:33   I just got off the phone with corporate and they are looking to open before Jan. 3rd before the students come back. —ashleyinthemist


2010-12-20 13:52:15   Got a grilled veggie burrito to go today. Pretty tasty, ingredients are fresh, and the woman at the counter definitely knew what she was doing. Definitely a positive addition to quick-service food in Davis. —IAmNewHere


2010-12-21 07:30:09   Yay! Something that isn't Thai or FroYo! —jsbmeb


2010-12-21 09:00:49   The food here is good and not too heavy, sort of like gourmet Taco Bell. However, I have found you can get much better quality and quantity for the price at El Mariachi (but that is just my opinion). —DagonJones


2010-12-22 17:35:55   It's chipolte competition from socal that is good! —StevenDaubert


2010-12-31 15:52:43   Just came back from Baja, it was disappointing. Indeed, fast-food will always be fast-food, but the service was quite bad. When I first entered the store, I was greeted by the register, within the 3-4 mins of me studing menu, she asked me if I were ready three times. It was quite annoying. Obviously she "definitely" didn't know what she was doing.

Then, I ordered a Mexicana burrito with pork carnita, not to be exaggerated, it was by far one of the worst burrito I have ever eaten. The burrito suppose to have rice inside, but the registrar girl came over and told me that the rice won't be ready for another 10 mins, and so, they just gave me a burrito with black beans and pork and told me that the rice will come in a separate plate for another 10 mins. It was just laughable, the burrito turn out dry, flavorless and barely warm. We also ordered the mango chipotle chicken salad, psh, forget about it. By the time I was half finished the burrito, the rice still hadn't came yet. I left.

I will never come back again. —manyip


2011-01-08 23:29:05   So, I used to eat at the Baja Fresh in Berkeley during undergrad. Yeah, it's a chain and it's essentially gringo-mexican but it was still decent fast food for those long study nights. Went to the new one in Davis today and was sorely dissapointed even with those standards in mind. I was studying for exams so I looked at the online menu and ordered take-out over the phone. Got the Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco which was supposed to have "Sliced avocado, cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and a zesty avocado dressing" Instead it had a sad little piece of fish with plain tomato and browned lettuce in a hardening tortilla. The BF got a Santa Fe chicken burrito that was dry and flavorless. Pretty sure it was supposed to have more than just rice and chicken in it. Could have had a better taco & burrito at Guads for 1/2 the cost. Oh well, learned my lesson! —Daimyo


2011-01-17 09:28:37   Not bad. I got a 3 Baja tacos plate with drink and a quesadilla. Total was 18.90. Other than being a bit expensive, the service was good and fast. Meal was ok, nothing spectacular- but its a 5 minute walk from our house to get a quick meal. —jsbmeb


2011-01-25 23:18:11   Baja Fresh is absolutely amazing. I don't know about the above posters, but I had a great experience with my mom today. The girl was totally sweet and very knowledgeable about the menu and gave amazing service. I got a black bean burrito and a regular soda and my mom got two tacos, which totaled to just over $11. Not bad at all.

Really, I don't think you can expect a place that just opened up to have top-notch service both right before Christmas and right after. Give them a break and try again! —HannahFolkes


2011-02-19 20:56:59   I really liked my burrito from there but I found 2 pieces of metal in it. After I found the first one I was a little put off, but after the second, it was pretty weird. They were all black, but they basically looked like what used to be a metal twist tie. UPDATE: [WWW]a photo of what I foundRohiniJasavala


2011-03-18 23:54:00   They recently just opened up. But even though it is a franchise store, and the owners are doing their best to keep the prices reasonable and customer service great. There are coupons everywhere and campuscreed deal was amazing. Running a business is difficult but overall it seems like they have regular customers and people enjoy the food. —puneetkdhillon


2011-03-22 21:59:36   Stopped by here today and, just for fun, decided to buy a burrito and then bought one from Chipotle so I could compare them. I picked up a Carne Asda Burrito at both establishments with the same ingredients and here's the results.

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2011-06-28 14:58:59   Worst Mexican food I had in my entire life! Paid the same amount that i usually pay when i go to Dos Coyotes or Chipotle, but it was not like the size of a Chipotle burrito and it did not come with chips like Dos Coyotes. My burrito tasted more like an Indian food rather a Mexican food. Very disappointed at this place. Would never go here again and will not recommend it to anyone. Go to Chipotle or Dos Coyotes and enjoy your meal. —AmirAnjomshoaa


2012-01-10 20:04:29   Hard to believe its's already closed after all the demolition, remodel, sidewalk closing and inconvenience at the corner of 3rd and "D" Streets over the summer and into the Fall. Obviously, a lack of promotional effort, connection with the student community and/or lack of support for Mexican cuisine. Plus, obviously, questionable overall management and attention-to-detail for a new, well-located eatery.


2012-01-31 04:59:21   I think it's a little weird that they were so unpopular, given that Chipotle is practically a goldmine in Davis. Having said that, Davis taste seems to be at least somewhat random and unpredictable. —ScottMeehleib


2012-03-25 23:23:43   I was looking forward to this place, having frequented another one. However, the one time I ate there the cashier seemed bothered to take my order and the food was unremarkable/dull. I think the real reason they closed was simply inferior food -not Davisites fickleness or untrendy image or whatever. —SteveDavison

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