Former Benton food truck turned Heights brick-and-mortar, Baja Grill, is set to open tomorrow at 11 a.m. The cozy neighborhood restaurant, located at 5923 Kavanaugh (the old Satellite Café location), will specialize in Mex-Cali cuisine.
Patrons can expect a menu filled with various burrito, taco and quesadilla options. I’ve eaten quite a few items from their food truck–all were good and some were absolutely spectacular. But none were better than the Cuban burrito; this “most craved” menu item consists of a flour tortilla filled with slow-smoked shredded pork and topped with house made chipotle aioli, red cabbage-jicama slaw, avocado slices and fresco cheese.
At tonight’s soft opening, I ordered the blackened shrimp as well as the Cuban taco. Both were quite substantial and filled with delightfully fresh ingredients. Our appetizer of chips and guacamole was also spot-on. The chips were thin and crisp and held up quite nicely when dipped into the chunky guac. Also, sides of black beans and rice are a must order. In short, Baja Grill hasn’t skipped a beat. As far as I could tell, they are churning out the exact same quality food as they did during their truck days.
As with any new restaurant, I’d encourage folks to give the place a little time to work out any kinks. But when they do … watch out.
Notes: Portions were large and prices were more than reasonable. Most tacos will run you around $3.50-$4.75 range and burritos about twice that. Patio and bar seating is available. Baja Grill has 14 parking spots around the side and rear of the restaurant. Street parking is also available, as is parking at the bank across the street (as long as the bank is closed). Currently, the restaurant offers BYOW with a $7.95 table corkage fee (until their liquor license is approved). In the upcoming weeks, diners can expect nightly “specials” and an expanded dessert menu.