Last Friday I had off, so I met my friend for tacos at Bakersfield, located at 940 Penn Ave in the Cultural District.
Bakersfield has the fanciest tacos I have seen so far. Bakersfield has two floors and two bars, with communal seating on picnic tables on both floors. My friend and I sat at the downstairs bar, and were welcomed by both neighbors to the left and right of us. The group to the right of my friend and I even offered to share their queso dip!
My friend and I made a few mistakes on our first visit. First, I did not order a margarita. With over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys, I really don’t know what I was thinking. Secondly, I didn’t order enough tacos right off the bat (again, what was I thinking!?). The tacos were super small, and two were not enough. Three would probably hit the spot with a marg, a side order of chips or another side. That said, make sure you order your tacos all at once. My friend and I went over lunch on a Friday, and we had quite the wait after we ordered our first two tacos. We didn’t find reason to complain but even without saying anything the bartender noticed our long wait for the tacos, and when we were leaving the manager came over, apologized and comped the last two tacos we ordered. We didn’t mind the wait that much, so that’s big points scored for noticing that and taking care of us.
Now, onto the tacos. I got a mix of both sweet and spicy tacos. Sweet being the Pork Belly Pastor with chili marinated pork, pineapple, white onion and cilantro. This was very sweet and very delicious. The first spicier option was the Bistec, with marinated grilled short rib, chipotle slaw and cilantro. I’ve never had slaw on a steak taco before, so this was quite different. Next came the Pollo Rojo, featuring braised chicken, smoky guajillo chili salsa, queso fresco, white onion, chipotle lime crema and cilantro. I always prefer shredded chicken on my tacos, which this contained. The lime crema really came out well with the chili salsa keeping the heat level down for me. Out of those three the Pork Belly was my favorite. The sweetness of the pineapple went incredibly with the flavor coming from the marinated pork belly.
Next time, I will try the Short Rib taco that my friend got since it looked amazing, and I will get a margarita without fail!
Price: $4.00/taco – For their size, it’s a little more expensive than the usual, as you have to get 3 to feel like you had enough, or get a side.