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“Bland, Bland Comida Mejicana!”
Review of Taqueria El Bajio

Taqueria El Bajio
Ranked #152 of 567 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Sorry, this won't do, very bland flavors - ordered the 3 fried tacos (chicken, beef and carnitas), while they were made to order and nicely crispy, the flavors were SO washed out. The fresh salsas on the side table also were not seasoned with lime juice and badly needed garlic, onions etc seasonings to brighten them. Not impressed especially since it was listed in the 'tourist' map!

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

Food is very good (used to be fresher).....Salsas are excellent and therein lies the problem. They just started serving chips a couple of years ago charging $2.00 for a modest amount....this in itself is very rare in Mexican restaurants and recently jacked that up to $2.50.....WOW!!!

Back to the salsa issue....it's a serve your self salsa bar with one size container that holds about 1 tablespoon and is just wide enough to dip a french fry in. Not conducive for a happy chips and salsa experience. Very frustrating for a serious salsa aficionado. Management must have had a few or more complaints on this because they came up with the idea to issue a larger, user friendly disposable paper bowl and charge an additional $1.00 for it!!! Folks, this is a taqueria not the Taj Mahal. If you eat often at taquerias you expect to get in and out for less than $10.00.
Now if you are at El Bajio and order chips you have spent $3.50 already so you have $6.50 remaining...that won't even buy you a burrito here.

I am not certain why the management chooses to annoy and gouge its customers over something as simple and pleasing as chips and salsa but the word greed comes to mind. What else could it be? You don't have to be a food service expert to recognize that a modest amount of chips and salsa costs about 50 cents to produce at the very most including food, labor, and overhead. Selling it at $3.50..... You would expect to see finger prints from Wall Streeters all over this.

If you elect to eat at El Bajio and forego the chips because of my incessant whining I hope you thoroughly enjoy your $8.50 burrito. Again, their food and salsas are VERY good.

Oh, and by the way there are about 7 other Mexican restaurants on Milpas Ave. in case you decide not to support the greedy one. Amen Amigos

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Hands down the best tasting Mexican food in santa barbara! Their Carne Asada taco is the main reason I come here. Nobody else's even comes close. Their shrimp soup is my second favorite (also comes w chicken, etc). Family owned and run, open more than 10 years. Indoor and outdoor seating available. On any given day you have the most interesting and authentic local customer mix in town: blue collar, white collar, Montecito and Eastside regulars mix seamlessly and enjoy owner, Santos Guzman's, friendly banter. Many local eastside families come on Sunday for the menudo, often filling their soup pots from home and getting their menudo to go. Homemade corn tortillas, phenomenal salsa bar, and tasty homemade horchata and mango and pineapple juices. Their tortas are second to none. Besides the great food the restaurant is spotlessly clean and service is always quick. Prices very reasonable. Closed Mondays.Lower Milpas Street location, easy parking nearby. The only sit down Mexican restaurant open at 6am for breakfast. Their huevos con chorizo and huevos rancheros have brought me in there early more than once. Enjoy. Life is short, and there's no need to compromise on Mexican food in Santa Barbara because there's El Bajio!

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Thank brittySpain
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Small taqueria on Milpas St, seating inside and out. I never order anything but the tacos ($2.99). The carnitas tacos are consistently good, but the asada tacos are a knock out. The tacos come with one corn tortilla...I order extra tacos to get the meat /taco proportion right. Beans are smooth but still intact, good subtle flavor...I always add the green salsa to them...perfect. I dream about the asada tacos.

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Thank kasialouise
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

El Bajio has by far the best, freshest, tastiest, the "real deal" Mexican food north of the border - we live in LA and come to Santa Barbara a lot and we always plan to eat a meal there. Their Carnitas is so delicious in their tostadas, tortas, burritos, and I'm sure everything else. Their salsas are over the top with their freshness and taste. The only think negative I can say is their prices continue to creep up while serving the food on paper plates and plastic silverware. Try it, you'll like it - you won't be disappointed!

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Thank JoyceA926
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