Similar to a Teddy Ruxpin, a burrito is totally unassuming from the outside but mind-blowing once the exterior is breached with a Fisher Price tool set. Experience the wonderment of goodness warmly wrapped inside a billowy shell with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual Mexican eats at Baja Fresh. Trade a freshly printed Groupon for consumable burrito bliss at one of 13 Arizona locations (a new Tempe location is opening soon) within the next three months. Choose one of the following locations: in Awahtukee, Avondale, Chandler, Mesa, four locations in Phoenix (on Camelback Road, Bell Road, Central Avenue, and Cactus Road––Baja Fresh Express), three locations in Scottsdale (on Frank Lloyd Boulevard and two locations on Scottsdale Road), and three locations in Tempe (on Elliot Road, University Drive, and coming soon to College Avenue).
At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare without the hassle of building a catapult powerful enough to reach Mexico. Grab a burrito or taco served inside the stuffed blanket of a tortilla, or get a bowlful of delectable insides with the shell-less version—or a combination of both. The meats that make up each meal are never frozen and are all-natural and hormone-free. Optional ingredients to lay the groundwork for handheld feasts include fire-grilled or charbroiled chicken and steak, slow-roasted pork carnitas, black or pinto beans and cheese, and specialty seafood options. A vegetarian-friendly version includes peppers, chilis, and onions layered with freshly simmered black or pinto beans, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo.
The standard Baja burrito comes with monterey jack, guacamole, and pico de gallo ($6.69–$7.89). Find the magical place where appetizers and main courses intersect with a spicy Nacho burrito, stuffed with cheese, black or pinto beans, queso fundido, jalapeños, crunchy tortilla chips, and salsa crema ($6.39). The bare burrito bowl is everything that makes a burrito a burrito except for its outward appearance and political views. The tortilla is swapped for a bed of lettuce, and human hands are traded for forks in a controversial cybernetic-augmentation program. If you’re feeling frisky and sea worthy, set sail with a Diablo Shrimp burrito, stuffed with slowly marinated shrimp, black beans, Baja rice, jack cheese, and spicy chipotle sauce ($6.99). Additionally, tongue-friendly items such as the fire-grilled mahi-mahi taco ($2.99) and the mango chipotle-chicken salad ($6.49) will please those in search of an unwrapped feast.
Forgo candlelight for elegant overhead lighting as you raise your burritos for a toast. As they gently touch midair, feel the energy flow through extended arms as the Burrito Mexicano ($6.69–$7.89) falls madly in love with the Burrito Ultimo ($6.69–$7.29). Or just skip the romance and order several heaping burritos to pridefully polish off in a one-man eating contest against yourself.
Zagat gives the food at the Camelback Road location of Baja Fresh an 18. Seven Yelpers give the Bell Road location a 3.5-star average. Eighty-six percent of Urbanspooners recommend the Ray Road location.
- I am addicted to their veggie burrito and E is addicted to their cheese crisp. It really is fresh and simple mexican food. – Holly M., Yelp, 11/30/09
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.