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Build Your Own Burrito at Baja Fresh Santa Monica

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Baja Fresh is a fast-casual restaurant brand that makes burritos, tacos, taquitos and salads. A short walk from the beach, its Santa Monica location attracts locals looking for quick, freshly-made Mexican. "Growing up in California," says Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development Jerry de Lucia, "Baja Fresh is an iconic brand known for high quality, freshly prepared Mexican food."

If tacos are your guilty pleasure, try the seafood taco combo. This combo lets you mix two or three seafood tacos with rice and beans. Add guacamole to any entree for less than a buck.

Of course, there is the wonderfully flavorful salsa bar to go with those tortilla chips that come free with each meal. Whether your taste buds like spicy, mild or slightly sweet salsa, there is something for everyone. Try just one or try them all and let the flavors explode in your mouth.

Fresh is a way of life at Baja Fresh, explains De Lucia. There are no freezers. De Lucia says the restaurant uses "fresh never-frozen white meat chicken tenders, fresh never-frozen steak, line-caught Wahoo (Ono), fresh veggies - all delivered fresh to the restaurant at least twice per week." Salsas are made that day, and your order is cooked in front of you while you wait.

You can customize your menu selection for dietary or other reasons. There is even a 500-calorie menu featuring several ensaladas and tacos (with a choice of protein,) a "bare style" chicken burrito, and a tortilla soup.

What's de Lucia's favorite menu item? "I actually have two favorite menu items," de Lucia says, "the first being the Baja Burrito with Chicken - melted Jack cheese, fresh guacamole, fresh Pico de Gallo and freshly grilled chicken. Simple and delicious. The second is our Wahoo fish tacos - corn tortilla with fresh cabbage mix, fresh Pico de Gallo, freshly grilled Wahoo, avocado salsa and a slice of fresh avocado." Yum!

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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