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Bejas in Fredericksburg

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Bejas in Fredericksburg

Zeke | Jan 31, 2004 03:26 PM

Bejas is supposed to be a combination of Baja and Texas....go figure. It's closer to beejaysus. Recently opened. Good ambiance, although not ethnic; they could open tomorrow as Italian, or Greek, or about anything, which might not be a bad idea. My wife and I were the first lunch customers. Things were going pretty good when we got our iced teas in only 10 minutes and the salsa and chips were appetizing. My wife ordered tortilla soup followed by the chile relleno. I ordered picadillo(sic)enchiladas. Thirty minutes later the soup arrived, hot and tasty. Ten minutes after that the entrees arrived. My enchilada was dwarfed by the servings of lukewarm rice and black beans. Not a bad enchilada, but skimpy. When one tacks on the Fred'sville surcharge just for being Fred'sville, it was $8.95. I wasn't happy. But compared to the wife, I should have been ecstatic. With her chile relleno, they tried to perform a culinary impossibility. Starting with ingredients fresh out of the refrigerator, including raw bacon, they tried to bring it to fruition by immersing it in boiling oil long enough for the batter to turn golden. This had no effect on the chicken and cheese stuffing, which remained refeer cold, not to mention the bacon, which remained raw. We realized that our food had not cooled down...it had never heated up! The wait staff, while being courteous, was absent and out of sight for long periods of time, as if there were some other more rewarding enterprise they were engaged in in the back room. To make a long story less long, we refused to pay for the relleno and the waiter offered another, or a substitute. Having already been there for nigh onto an hour, we opted for escaping, sans relleno inside wife. Another ten minutes passed til we spied a waitperson and asked where our bill was. They were "refiguring it". Another eon passed til we were able to ask again and were informed the owner would refigure our check but he was currently in a meeting. The wife made it clear we were not waiting a minute longer and the manager suddenly appeared. She's the epicure in the family and while I waited in the car, she and the manager held a critique over her entree. He gave her chits for three free soups in the future and she was pacified enough to announce that they don't have their act together yet but they'll be okay in a couple of months. She's going to eat those soups without me.

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