The name "Bakersfield" and the logo design would lead you to expect an English pub but the menu is strictly tacos with a couple of salads and sandwich types thrown in. Mexican is never my first food of choice but the tacos reminded me more of the West Coast Asian type tacos even though the ingredients are Mexican. They are small, round, flour tortillas and I would say 3 would make an average meal, maybe 2 if you also have chips or soup. The tacos are about $4 each so you can try several different types and not spend a whole lot.
I had the mole (chicken, cilantro, queso fresco) and the pastor (pork, pineapple, cilantro) tacos and was very pleased with the flavors. My friends also had the fish and short ribs tacos and pronounced them good as well. We also liked the corn chowder soup (thick with crumbled queso). The 2 salsas offered were interesting: a mild green tomatillo and a red salsa which was almost more of a thin chili sauce, both very tasty. The queso dip was different in that it seemed to have corn meal mixed in and the top was thickly covered with melted cheese like a pizza. Made sharing a little awkward.
The venue is kind of bland industrial and the seating is comprised of backless benches. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was quiet with only maybe three other tables in use, but my friends who had been here before said it is usually much more crowded and noisy. The service was hit and miss. Our server was cordial but only brought 3 plates for 5 people. One of our party asked for forks and we got two. Not sure if they just don't like to wash dishes here or what. My water glass was filled once but was fully emptied well before we left. The tacos for our whole party came out on one large plate so the server had to point out the ones that were special ordered (I had the onions left off of mine for instance). The plate was garnished with several lime wedges which could be used to give some added zing to the flavors.
If I was reviewing this venue solely on the food I would have rated it higher but the lackluster atmosphere and service knocked it down a notch.
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