Baja Fresh – Las Vegas Airport – Disappointing

May 22, 2011

I ordered a veggie burrito. Was it fresh? Yes. Was it flavorful? Yes. That’s about where it stops….

I am constantly on the road, looking for a variety of good, vegetarian, food choices. It can be depressing having limited choices and going back to the same restaurant time after time.

As I was waiting for my plane, I was walking through terminal D, and Baja Fresh caught my eye. I finished up the things I wanted to do and headed over. I ordered my burrito, pleased with the amount of things in it. A sign caught my eye – “Buy 9 get 1 FREE Entrée or Burrito*” – only I didn’t see the *. I paid for my meal and asked the cashier for a loyalty card. She said “Sure” and took out a card; stamped it, handed it to me and said “It’s only good for this location”. I said, “Really?, what’s the point of it then?” (I only go through Las Vegas once or twice a year, but am in other airports frequently). She told me that it was good for the workers at the airport.

Hey Baja Fresh. I get it. You know what, it does make sense. But perhaps there would be another way to market these promotions to the folks at the airport. I just handed over my money, haven’t tasted the food yet, and I walk away with a bad feeling before even trying what could potentially be the best veggie burrito I’ve ever had.

I took my food, couldn’t find a place to sit in the food court area, so I headed towards the gates, and found a block of seats open near a gate area. Put my stuff down, sat, opened the wrapper, put the aluminum foil and paper over my lap and started eating. I liked the taste, but also noticed that liquid had started dripping out the bottom as soon as I bit into it (not completely unexpected, that’s why I put the foil and paper in my lap). As I ate, more and more liquid came out the bottom, and then the bottom of the burrito started to give way because it was soaked and was breaking down. By the time I got to about halfway, the bottom had opened up, food had dropped out, and there was about a 1/4 cup of liquid that had accumulated in the makeshift plate in my lap.

I was thankful for 2 things:

1 – that I was on my way home and wearing jeans, and not on my way out to meet someone and wearing a suit. While the foil and paper helped, it wasn’t a plate, and while I tried not to, I inadvertently got some of the liquid on my jeans.

2 – that I had not taken it on the plane as I sometimes do on longer flights to make sure I get a reasonably decent meal, because it would probably had been a disaster.

Travelers of a vegetarian persuasion through the D terminal at Las Vegas McCarran airport take note. I liked the food, and it was priced along the lines of anything else you’d get while waiting at the airport. Just be sure to plan to eat it before getting on the plane, find a table to sit at, take plenty of napkins, and don’t bother with the promotional card (unless of course you frequent that airport terminal).


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