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New taco at Taco Baja Ensenada?


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New taco at Taco Baja Ensenada?

Yclops | Jan 5, 2006 01:00 PM

Went to Tacos Baja Ensenada last Friday (final burst of unrestrained gluttony before the New Year diet). As ickster noted, they've spiffed up the place a tables, lime-green walls and a new menu board.

One (new?) menu item that caught my eye was the Super Baja Taco (or something like that). Don't recall seeing that before. It may have been there before -- I can be a bit oblivious at times...if so, feel free to ignore this post -- but I don't think so. In any case, it was described as a combo fish & shrimp taco with the usual toppings served in a flour tortilla for ~$2.50, about double the regular fish tacos. I was a little skeptical b/c a flour tortilla just didn't seem right (plus, how can you improve on perfection?).

Still, I ordered one regular (control item) and one super Baja (experiment). When my order came up, both tacos looked about the same size and both appeared to be on corn tortillas, though one did have both fish and shrimp piled on. However, I was in the grip of extra-strength taco lust and barely paused before tearing into the regular fish taco. Perfect, as always.

Then the counter guy showed up at my table, apologized, and handed me a plate with fish taco's big brother on it: a mound of fish and shrimp (both fried and fresh), slathered in crema, cabbage, salsa and cilantro, on a flour tortilla about 1.5x greater diameter than the regular corn tortillas. I made a feeble effort to return the untouched taco, but he waved me off with a smile. I graciously forgave him his error.

I was quite surprised by my first bite. Of course the fillings were as delicious as ever (though I liked the fried shrimp better than the fresh...personal taste), but I really liked the flour tortilla! Mostly due to the chewyness, which added an additional textural contrast to the crispy and creamy fillings, but also b/c it was easier to handle than the corn tortillas. It wasn't as blistering hot as the corn, and due to its size and strength, it was easier to pick up and...well...cram into my gob.

So anyway, I give it a thumbs up and will make it a regular part of my orders from now on (on the off chance that the diet doesn't stick).


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