BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Filled to nearly bursting, the burritos at Ben Paca Mexican Grill could serve as dumbbells for your next workout. The owners should ship them to the Midwest for tornado season: hang on to one and nothing will budge you.
And they’re truly delicious, too. I had one Friday stuffed with long-stewed beef barbacoa, rice and refried beans, pickled onions, jalapenos, cilantro and salsa. The tortilla, despite the heavy load it contained, maintained its integrity. No salsa came spilling through.
Ben Paca, located on the southwest corner of Oswell Street and Brundage Lane, does a strong takeout business, but there are a few tables positioned near televisions showing MTV2 and telenovelas if you decide to eat your meal fresh off the grill.
In addition to tacos and burritos, there are chile rellenos, giant servings of asada fries and quesadillas, plus a short breakfast menu of meat and eggs or omelets.
I had a grilled fish taco in which you could barely see the fish through the cabbage and sauce, but the flavor shone through, really coming alive with a spritz of lemon.
A number of Yelpers took photos of Ben Paca’s “wet burritos,” especially the chile verde, drenched in sauce and covered in cheese. They look good enough I’ll be making a return visit this week.