Word on Lefevre Street in Medical Lake is that Baja Mexican Restaurant has some humongous burritos. It does. But one look at its equally humongous five-page menu will show that there’s quite a bit more — from cheese nachos ($5.50) and fajita quesadilla ($9.50) appetizers to standard entrées like carne asada ($12.75) and smaller combination plates that place tamales, enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos and tacos side by side ($9.25-$12.95).
Then there are some not-so-run-of-the-mill menu entries like the massive Vegi-Macho Burrito, stuffed with mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, baby corn and white rice, or the seemingly misplaced steak and lobster with a side of fries ($25).
No word on how many — or with what frequency — people order the lobster, but every customer gets a basket of tortilla chips, a spicy bowl of tomato salsa and a slightly cooler bowl of shredded-cabbage-and-cilantro salsa.
In the comfort of one of the restaurant’s numerous booths, while munching down on some cabbage and trying to determine the age of the Polaroid shots affixed to the corkboard sign titled “Birthday Amigos,” my mind jumps to thoughts of establishments that serve cilantro-flavored tortillas wrapped around seared chicken and chipotle-seasoned steamed rice, and I think that I might rather be there, making healthy and wise culinary decisions.
But once my taco-enchilada combo arrives, I know that there are days when you just want a hard-shell taco stuffed with so much seasoned ground beef that the shell’s inverted arch gives way with one crunch, shattering orange-imbued corn tortilla and shreds of iceberg lettuce into the sea of refried beans located on the plate below.
The ever-expanding melty strings of cheese are the true thematic glue that holds the rice, beans, beef, lettuce and corn tortilla collage together. Some days, that’s just how you want it. Because really, who goes to a traditional American-style Mexican restaurant for the lobster?
Baja Mexican Restaurant • 116 S. Lefevre St., Medical Lake • Open Mon-Thu, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-10 pm; Sun, 11 am-9 pm • 299-2875