Every so often when date night rolls around, it’s time to try something new. The wife and I normally prefer to go to one of our favorite places to eat when we have a night out as we know we’ll get a good meal. However, we both couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out Bakersfield OTR. After seeing the video here that featured Bakersfield OTR and reading reviews online…we both decided that on our date night, tacos and margaritas were to be had.
After the drive from the suburbs to OTR, we arrived at the restaurant. As we expected, there was an hour wait. The nice thing is we had time to kill and it was gorgeous outside. We wandered around OTR for a bit and decided to have a quick appetizer donut from Holtman’s (holy crap…best donuts in Cincinnati). Pretty much an hour later our phone rang and it was our turn to get our grub on.
The inside of Bakersfield OTR is pretty warm and inviting. We sat at a picnic/family style table with another group on the other side. A garage door up front was open allowing you to enjoy the great weather. Old westerns played a TV by the bar to really sink in a western vibe.
As we looked over the menu, we went ahead and put in an order for queso with chorizo and a couple of margaritas. After a few minutes the gorgeous queso and drinks made it out. Whatever cheese they use in the queso is damned delicious…and there was a ton of it. We only made it about 3/4 of the way through before we both felt we had a cheese baby in our stomachs. The nice part is that the drinks were delicious (and strong)…so it helped wash the cheese down.
Up next was the main meal. We went ahead and ordered a bunch of different tacos because they sounded amazing, were reasonably priced, and…well, we don’t know when we’ll get back so might as well eat everything while you can. After looking over the menu we went with the following selections:
- Pollo Verde – tomatillo braised chicken, queso fresco, pickled onion, cilantro, crema, radish
- Pastor – chili marinated pork, pineapple, pickled onion, cilantro
- Fish – crispy mahi, tabasco lime sauce, citrus slaw
- Short Rib – braised short rib, queso fresco, creme, pickled onion, radish
- Huitlacoche – corn truffles, roasted poblano, corn, onion, cotija cheese, cilantro
HOLY AMAZE-BALLS PEOPLE! With some fresh squeezed lime on top and the homemade, fresh corn tortillas…these things were amazing. I think our favorite of the bunch was the fish, just because it was so light and flavorful. The next one in line was probably the pastor due to the sweetness of the pineapple and how it went super well with the pork. They were all delicious, but if we went back these two would be at the top of the list.
After we successfully put ourself into taco comas, it was time to leave. However, this was not before I downed a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon served in a glass boot. Yeah…they take their western theme pretty seriously at Bakersfield OTR.
I’m not sure when we’ll be able to get back since we decided to live about 35 minutes away, but we will definitely be back. The OTR area has a lot of great things going for it with amazing restaurants and Bakersfield OTR is definitely at the top of our list.