After a tiring afternoon shopping around to get stuff to make a presentation board, Lynda and I went in search of food, but were having our usual dilemma deciding what to eat. Since we were in the Breckenridge/Dutchmans Lane neighborhood we batted the usual suspects around and had initially headed up the hill toward Skyline Chili — we know it is an acquired taste, but we were looking for something fast that wasn’t a burger — when Lynda recalled seeing a sign for a place called Bazo’s last week when we were at Village 8 to see Wanted (don’t waste your time on that movie; we’ll never get those two hours back). Well, we swung through the little parking lot just this side of Skyline (remember this) and headed around behind Village 8 in search of Bazo’s. We came back around on the theatre side and that parking lot was wall-to-wall cars — a sign of the times when everyone is hitting the cheap seats instead of the first run theatres with their $11 tickets and $5 popcorn — and cruised along looking for Bazo’s without success. We decided we must have been mistaken and came back out on Dutchmans and headed back toward Skyline, when lo and behold we spotted Bazo’s and pulled into the same little parking lot (told you to remember that). By the way, you can get to Bazo’s from the theatre side by going in the little door down in the corner.
We came in and found a nice, clean little shop with a dozen or so 4-place tables along the front part and an order counter in the back. Now we are not talking about haute cuisine here, but that wasn’t what we were in the mood for. There was a nice mix of aromas in the air as we walked in, very reminiscent of some of the finer sit-down Mexican restaurants. A further note about the aroma; they serve fish tacos here, but I couldn’t smell even a hint of fish.
We got to the order counter and were handed a yellow tri-fold paper menu and were assisted by a very helpful young lady who answered all our questions. They serve a variety of burritos and tacos, salads and sides with the most expensive items are a couple of the Combos at $6.99, but the tacos come in at $2.29 to $2.69. There is also a Kids Menu with a choice of Quesadilla, Nachos, Taco or Mexican Pizza for $3.99 with a choice of sides and a child-size drink included.
Lynda ordered the Taquitos (chicken) off the Favorites section and it comes with rice, black or pinto beans, fresh guacamolé, sour cream and Salsa Fresca for $5.99. I ordered a Burrito Especial (steak) which has cheddar-jack, black or pinto beans, rice, Salsa Fresca and chipotlé sauce inside for $5.79. Burritos have the option of coming “Ranchero” style for $1.49 more and this adds chips and the burrito and chips are topped melted cheese and Ranchero Salsa and with lettuce, sour cream and Salsa Fresca on the side. I got mine Ranchero style.
While we were waiting for our orders to be brought out, we were served tortilla chips in a couple of paper fries trays. These were lime and chili flavored and were quite tasty, but I found mine might have been sitting under the heat light a little too long and that was the only down-side to our visit, but I think as the place catches on, the turnover will eliminate this point.
Before we could finish the chips we were served our orders. Lynda apparently enjoyed hers as she was smiling with each bite. She commented that their guacamolé was fresh and this is one of her pet peeves with Mexican restaurants; if the guacamolé isn’t fresh, she probably won’t be back. She pronounce the taquitos excellent. I bit into mine and was totally surprised by the complex mix of flavors; from the marinated steak to the rich, smoky chipotlé sauce, it was amazing. Not at all what I was expecting in what most people would dismiss as a fast food place like Moe’s or Qdoba. Believe me, Bazo’s puts those places to shame, plus they are less expensive, more filling and much fresher-tasting. Also, it was pleasant that they can make a good spicy dish without burning your tastebuds off your tongue; a lesson a lot of other places need to learn.
I don’t believe they have a website, so I can’t provide a link to their menu, but just go and give them a try. If you are in a hurry, they have phone ahead for to-go orders.
Update: For the first time in her life, Lynda tried a Fish Taco on a subsequent visit. She pronounced it muy excellente! It consisted of a filet of fresh tilapia that was lightly battered and fried, topped with Salsa Fresca, shredded cabbage and a dressing with a hint of lime and wrapped in TWO paper-thin soft corn tortillas. This may have been her first time, but she said it would most definitely NOT be the last time.
9 out of 10 stars.
4014 Dutchmans Lane