Cheat Meal of the Week: Baja Burrito in Berry Hill

12/20/2016
Joe Doino

I’ve been destroying the gym lately.  I’ve been seeing the most improvement in my back.  It feels a little wider and I’m struggling less on pull ups.  I start my back/bi’s day with 4 sets of pull ups to fail, and my first set has gone up to 12.  For me that’s pretty good considering is started at 0.5.  I’ve also been implementing the “time under tension” mentality to the hammerstrength rows.  Meaning I pull both arms back and then alternate arms, so the arm I’m NOT counting is pulled back holding the weight up.  It’s helping out, big time.  But who cares about that?  On to the good stuff…

Baja Burrito Berry Hill
Have any of you ever seen that photoshoot that couple did with their baby online – only instead of a baby, it’s actually a burrito?  I’ve only felt that kind of love for a burrito once in my life, a couple places for pizza of course, but only once in the tortilla world.  I’ve eaten some really solid burritos that really blow the chains out of the water, but so far nothing has come close to Baja Burrito in Berry Hill.  An honorable mention is Willy’s Mexicana Grill out of Atlanta.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

The first time I went to Baja Burrito, around 2 years ago, came at the suggestion of my warehouse boss.  He’s never once steered me wrong.  And if I remember correctly, this was the first place he told me to check out.  Baja’s got the same procedure like your Chipotle’s or Q’doba’s in the sense where you pick a burrito, bowl, tacos and then your fillings.  They do have more though.  The tortas are outrageous but I was feeling a burrito.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

Chipotle burrito with the works

 They’ve got your standard meats – chicken, steak and barbacoa – but my favorite is the chipotle chicken or “pollo tinga.”  It’s got an extra flavor and kick to it that makes me salivate just thinking about it.  Kinda like right now as I’m typing.  I manned up and ordered a whole wheat tortilla burrito with rice, pinto beans, pollo tinga, pico de gallo, hot salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

All the ingredients are fresh and everything’s made on site and it shows.  The icing on the cake for me though, are the chips and queso dip.  You can watch them make the chips in small batches, and the queso is kept hot so you’re always given fresh out the fryer chips and a cup of the best queso I’ve ever had.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

Tortilla chips with queso dip

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

The chips are thin, crispy and salty; everything you want in a tortilla chip.  The queso is perfect.  I honestly use my finger to clean out the bowl if I run out of chips…. I’m not proud of it but I’m not one to allow something silly, like dignity, stop me from enjoying that kind of deliciousness.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill
Each bite is a mix of every flavor which is a testament to their rolling ability.  You can have the best ingredients in the world but if you roll it like shit, then it’s just a delicious pile of crap; not exactly what you’re looking for in a burrito.  Don’t worry, Baja’s got it down.

If you’re like me and aren’t one for waiting in line, I recommend going at a slightly off time.  The lunch and dinner rushes can get a little crazy leaving the line to be pretty long.  I wouldn’t say Hattie B’s long, but definitely long enough to be annoying.  The atmosphere is great and has a sense of authenticity and it certainly isn’t sterile like some chains.  There’s life and vigor and an odd sense of welcome.  I love going to Baja.  I’ve never been disappointed and they’re remarkably consistent.

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

That’s all for this week.  I’ve been delivering quite a bit of tater tot’s this week so I think I’ve got an idea of where I’ll be heading next..

Until then!

Baja Burrito Berry Hill

MY BACKGROUND

I’m Joey, a New York drummer living in Nashville, playing with the band, Arc & Stones.

I LOVE FOOD! Right after college, I gained a lot of weight and hit a whopping 267 lbs. Terrified that I could hit 300 lbs before I hit 30 years, I decided to take control of the foods I was eating and started taking the fitness thing more seriously. I keep a very strict diet, making sure I hit my macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) each day. I hit the gym six days a week.

But once a week I cheat and treat myself. Food is one of my favorite things in life. This regime allows me to have my cheese-stuffed, deep-fried cake and eat it too. My column will focus on these indulgent treats.