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Poquito Mas or Baja Fresh? Which is better??

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  • SilverBaked Oct 21, 2005 05:08 PM

The boyfriend likes Poquito Mas, I like Baja Fresh. Actually, BF is a helluva lot closer, and I think it tastes the same. When the Mexican craves come on, we war over these two places. Help save our relationship, won't you? Vote PM or BF. We will abide by the outcome.

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  1. Poquito mas is a little bit worse...

    Have you tried any authentic Mexican food? If not, tell the chowhounds what you order at baja and they'll point you to a better version elsewhere(guaranteed cheaper too)

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    1. re: RoachCoach

      Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market beats them both. I love their mole enchiladas.

      On the other hand, a simple PM bean & cheese burrito, with some salsa dumped on each bite, is pretty yummy. Their tortillas are delish.

    2. I prefer Poquito Mas.

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      1. re: 2chez mike
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        mexican chow lover

        Poquito Mas and Baha fresh are both great eats. I've beeen impressed by pouito mas fish tacos and burritos and by Baha fresh does represent with their excellent chipotle chichen salad and a superb chicken lime salad.

      2. As I pointed out in a recent posting, for a while it seemed that Poquito Mas was in decline, but recently it seems to have refocused and re-arisen back to excellence. Both Baja Fresh and PM are terrific fast-food choices IMHO, but my own preference is for the juicier fare at PM. I like the way PM grills both sides of its burritos to a perfect light brown, and I would opt for PM's tostadas and nachos over BF's as well. Even if you don't agree with that, I think it's fair to say that the unusually large and extensive salsa bar at PM objectively blows BF's meager selection to kingdom come.

        1. It all depends on what you're looking for.

          At Poquito Mas there are a few (very few) items on the menu that are as good, and authentic, as any Mexican taco stand, in any part of town. It is possible to get a deeply gamey long-stewed bay-leaf-infused Carnitas taco on a fresh hand formed corn tortilla with reasonably tasty pico de gallo.

          It's also possible that you'll have a CAA agent's 4 year old daughter vomit Baskin Robbins down the back of your neck.

          Baja Fresh doesn't come close to matching either experience.

          1. The Baja Fresh burrito ultimo is one of my guilty pleasures. I like their salsas too.

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            1. re: martyR

              I confess that I, too, like the Burrito Ultimo from Baja Fresh. It's the only thing I order there.

              Have never been to Poquito Mas.

            2. I haven't eaten in Poquito Mas in ages... Too many Baja Freshes near me. Call me sacrilegious but I really don't think you could go wrong with either.

              As for salsas from these fast food type joints... I really love the chipotle pepper salsa from Pollo Loco. I could have that stuff on almost anything & everything.

              1. Poquito Mas!

                1. The fresh tortillas at Poquito Mas make this a no contest issue... Baja Fresh is a big step down.

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                  1. re: Serge
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                    Jane Hathaway

                    Yep. It's all about those fresh tortillas!

                  2. Baja Fresh...although it is TERRIBLY inconsistent from day to day, chain to chain.

                    Steak Baja or Ultimo Burrito...love em. Gotta love inauthentic burritos loaded with everything under the kitchen sink. I have enjoyed Poquito Mas at times, although it IS a bit out of the way for me.

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                    1. re: Xericx

                      Good points. I prefer Baja Fresh, mostly for the Baja Steak Burrito, but there have been numerous times I've been very disappointed with the tortilla it came wrapped in.

                      If Baja Fresh could get better flour tortillas it would be no contest.

                    2. PM, hands down.

                      1. s
                        Silverlake Bodhisattva

                        PM, if I'm near one. Problem is, BF's are EVERYWHERE. and, by sheer ubiquity, get my business sometimes. Among mall fast food places, when they're good, they're not bad.

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                        1. Depends on what you order.

                          1. Poquito has better food imo but its prices keep creeping up and up. Its about double what I pay for a similar meal at one of the authentic east side places. But its also in locations with higher rents, granted.

                            Baja is good for being a corporate chain. They suck at special requests or any kind of change from the menu. I often have to ask for a manger to get what I want (and we're not talking anything Poquito wouldnt do without blinking).

                            1. If you insist on a chain, try King Taco.

                              1. i like baja fresh, but poquito mas makes their tortillas on site (huge plus), and their carnitas taco is awesome. that gives the nod to pm over bf.

                                1. PM by a mile.

                                  1. Poquito Mas. Better variety on the menu, and those fresh tortillas. Baja's better for salads and for convenience, but if I have the opportunity, it's PM.

                                    1. Poquito Más, especially the newer ones which might actually have some parking. Baja Fresh isn't BAD, and it's usually more easily found, but the taste isn't quite as good.

                                      Dare I confess to really liking Baja Bud's?

                                      (And before the authenticity police jump on me, yes, I've been to real Mexican restaurants and taco shops -- I live in Van Nuys -- but this is a different animal altogether.)

                                      1. Poquito Mas easily.