Mexican, Any Way
You Want It
By Tirica, Rita & Kevin /
With Cinco De Mayo just
around the corner, the Foodies were in the mood for a taste
of authentic Mexican dishes so we decided to dig our forks
into the flavorful fare at Baja Grill in East Northport.
Baja Grill, a full-service sit-down restaurant, greeted us
with warm, vibrant hues of green, orange and blue and festive
Mexican tunes. We sat down on the wooden benches and chairs,
soaking in the upbeat and energizing atmosphere of the border
Taken over by new management in October 2007, Baja Grill specializes
in serving authentic Mexican food specials and also offers
Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex dishes in order to appeal to everyone.
Specials are offered weekly, and take-out is available. A
family-friendly eatery, Baja Grill also offers a kids menu
with healthy options, including juice and milk as well as
Refreshing margaritas, offered at the price of 2-for-1 all
of the time, were our first selection off of the menu. We
sipped them down as we munched on the colorful, crunchy red,
white and black nacho chips dipped in fresh homemade salsa
and decided what to order.
We chose to start off with the Empanadas ($6.99), marinated
seasonal vegetables with shrimp, chorizo sausage and potatoes,
served with homemade salsa verde. Fried in trans-fat free
oils to a crisp perfection, the empanadas had a delicious
flaky crust and a delightfully spicy core.
For our entrées we opted for the Baja Chicken Wrap
($7.95) and the BBQ Grilled Chicken Quesadilla ($7.95).
Packaged in a warm fresh wrap, the burrito was bursting with
tender, juicy chunks of grilled, marinated chicken breast
mixed with a flavorful saffron rice, shredded cheese, pico
de gallo, guacamole and black beans.
The quesadilla was just as heavenly. Crisped to precision
and dripping with a savory melted cheese, the quesadilla contained
a plentiful portion of grilled chicken smeared with a tangy
BBQ sauce. A fresh side of pico de gallo and lime sour cream
complemented the dish tremendously.
To finish off our meal we ordered the Fried Ice Cream ($3.95)
and the Churros ($4.25). Served in a crunchy shell and toasted
in coconut, the Fried Ice Cream was delightfully warm on the
outside and deliciously cold within. Caramel and whipped cream
topped the treat.
The churros, also topped with caramel and whipped cream, were
toasty in temperature and sweet in taste. Melty and gooey
and bursting with cinnamon in each bite, the churros were
the perfect end to a perfect meal.
The authentic, savory flavors of Baja Grills exquisitely
prepared food will have us back in no time, possibly even
this weekend so we can relish in the Cinco De Mayo specials.
Baja Grill will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo all weekend with
2-for-1 drink specials, a domestic Mexican beer on tap and
out of the ordinary authentic Mexican treats.
1920 Jericho Turnpike
East Northport, NY 11731
Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex
Atmosphere: Lively, casual, family-friendly
11:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
Saturday Noon 10:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon 9 p.m.
*Hours will be extended
in the summer*