Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating features...
Dora here. So, it's Superbowl Sunday and hubby decides he wants to go to Mert's. Mert's, right in the heart of downtown Charlotte! Granted, the Superbowl wasn't being played in Charlotte, but the downtown area was a hub of activity with local restaurants/bars offering special activities/prices for the event. Good thing I had a backup planned. After circling a few times and not finding a parking spot, we diverted to...

Bakersfield Tacos on East Blvd in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte. 

Dora here. Where we still ran into a parking dilemma. No private lot, not a street parking space for blocks, and plenty of signage nearby stating "NO BAKERSFIELD." But, thankfully, only on Sundays, Berrybrook Farm allows Bakersfield patrons to park free in their lot. The server told us they have valet parking at night.
On Sundays, park in the Berrybrook Farm lot across the street

A local place serving up their own version of Mexican cuisine, Bakersfield offers both full size plates and petite tacos. 

For our appetizer, we chose the Chips and Queso and added Chorizo. This queso was great, thick, gooey and with a little smoky flavor, but the star of this dish was the fried chorizo. Combined with the queso, it was the perfect match for the salty but hardy chips.


Chips & Queso with Chorizo
Dora here. The first thing that hit me about this was the smell. Amaaaazing! Cheesy, deep flavor, delicious! I could've made this a whole meal. I couldn't scoop this up fast enough! :)

Chips & Queso with Chorizo. Soooo good!
For my lunch, I chose four different tacos: Fish, Pork Belly Pastor, Bistec, and Short Rib all served on in-house handmade tortillas. 
Bottom Left: Pork Belly Pastor, Upper Left: Bistec, Upper Right: Short Rib, Bottom Right: Fish

The fish taco featured Mahi, lime sauce, citrus slaw, and cilantro. A great tasting taco with crispy fish and a crunch from the citrus slaw. 

The pork belly pastor included chili marinated pork, pineapple, onion and cilantro. A sweet tasting taco that I just couldn’t get enough of. 

The short rib was my favorite. Tender braised short rib, queso fresco, crema (like sour cream), onion, radish, and cilantro combined for a perfect taco. 

The Bistec, marinated short rib with a spicy chipotle slaw, had me reaching for my drink after every bite.

Dora here. I sampled a bite of all the tacos. Yowza! What an explosion of flavors! Since I'm not typically a huge fan of fish or pork, I was surprised at my top two faves: 
Pork Belly Pastor and Fish. By the time I made it to my Milanesa Torta, my mouth was on fire! In a good way. :)
Milanesa Torta

Check out that tender white chicken breast! Mmmm. And I loved the fresh bread, a Telera Roll, "similar to a French roll with a scored and flour-dusted crust." 
Milanesa Torta. Check out that tender white chicken breast!

Intense flavors as well, with a bold blend of black beans, salsa verde, avocado and lemon mayo, but I would've preferred half the pesto.

Eventually, we'll make it to Mert's. :)

What about you? How do you like your tacos?

Dora rated this restaurant a 4, but I rate it a 5. Since that equates to 4 1/2, we'll give them 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.

Bakersfield Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating features...
Dora here. So, it's Superbowl Sunday and hubby decides he wants to go to Mert's. Mert's, right in the heart of downtown Charlotte! Granted, the Superbowl wasn't being played in Charlotte, but the downtown area was a hub of activity with local restaurants/bars offering special activities/prices for the event. Good thing I had a backup planned. After circling a few times and not finding a parking spot, we diverted to...

Bakersfield Tacos on East Blvd in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte. 

Dora here. Where we still ran into a parking dilemma. No private lot, not a street parking space for blocks, and plenty of signage nearby stating "NO BAKERSFIELD." But, thankfully, only on Sundays, Berrybrook Farm allows Bakersfield patrons to park free in their lot. The server told us they have valet parking at night.
On Sundays, park in the Berrybrook Farm lot across the street

A local place serving up their own version of Mexican cuisine, Bakersfield offers both full size plates and petite tacos. 

For our appetizer, we chose the Chips and Queso and added Chorizo. This queso was great, thick, gooey and with a little smoky flavor, but the star of this dish was the fried chorizo. Combined with the queso, it was the perfect match for the salty but hardy chips.


Chips & Queso with Chorizo
Dora here. The first thing that hit me about this was the smell. Amaaaazing! Cheesy, deep flavor, delicious! I could've made this a whole meal. I couldn't scoop this up fast enough! :)

Chips & Queso with Chorizo. Soooo good!
For my lunch, I chose four different tacos: Fish, Pork Belly Pastor, Bistec, and Short Rib all served on in-house handmade tortillas. 
Bottom Left: Pork Belly Pastor, Upper Left: Bistec, Upper Right: Short Rib, Bottom Right: Fish

The fish taco featured Mahi, lime sauce, citrus slaw, and cilantro. A great tasting taco with crispy fish and a crunch from the citrus slaw. 

The pork belly pastor included chili marinated pork, pineapple, onion and cilantro. A sweet tasting taco that I just couldn’t get enough of. 

The short rib was my favorite. Tender braised short rib, queso fresco, crema (like sour cream), onion, radish, and cilantro combined for a perfect taco. 

The Bistec, marinated short rib with a spicy chipotle slaw, had me reaching for my drink after every bite.

Dora here. I sampled a bite of all the tacos. Yowza! What an explosion of flavors! Since I'm not typically a huge fan of fish or pork, I was surprised at my top two faves: 
Pork Belly Pastor and Fish. By the time I made it to my Milanesa Torta, my mouth was on fire! In a good way. :)
Milanesa Torta

Check out that tender white chicken breast! Mmmm. And I loved the fresh bread, a Telera Roll, "similar to a French roll with a scored and flour-dusted crust." 
Milanesa Torta. Check out that tender white chicken breast!

Intense flavors as well, with a bold blend of black beans, salsa verde, avocado and lemon mayo, but I would've preferred half the pesto.

Eventually, we'll make it to Mert's. :)

What about you? How do you like your tacos?

Dora rated this restaurant a 4, but I rate it a 5. Since that equates to 4 1/2, we'll give them 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.

Bakersfield Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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17 Comments:

At February 20, 2016 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Jill Weatherholt said...

Sorry you couldn't make it to Mert's, but I suppose it's a good sign that downtown Charlotte was bustling. Always the finicky eater, which drove my mother crazy, I've yet to try a fish taco. I love my taco with cheese...lots of cheese. :)
Happy Weekend!

 
At February 20, 2016 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

What? No fish tacos, ever? I'm not a huge fan of fish, but this fish taco rocked!

Cheese makes everything better, doesn't it? :D

 
At February 20, 2016 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Gail Johnson said...

Hey, Dora. I'm with Jill. Fish and taco...can't put those two together. Not saying I wouldn't try it. But it would be a complete surprise if I liked it! Everything else looked yummy. I like the way your 4 and Ernie's 5 ended with a 5. Hehe :)

 
At February 20, 2016 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

You must try one, Gail, and believe me, I was definitely surprised that it was one of my faves.

Ernie's the driver on the foodie portion of the blog, Gail. I'm along for the ride and the adventure. Oh, and to edit. :)

 
At February 20, 2016 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Jill Weatherholt said...

Oh yes, give me cheese and I'm happy. :)

 
At February 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Ann Ellison said...

Guess I am a Texas girl and prefer the typical Tex Mex blends. Fish and pork belly don't sound like they go with tacos. I will take your word for it that they were delicious.

 
At February 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

If I lived in TX, Ann, I'd probably prefer beef and typical Tex Mex, too. :)

 
At February 20, 2016 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Robbye said...

Hi Dora,
I definitely would need a lot of encouragement to try fish tacos. (I had a friend in the early 80's and that was the only kind she had ever eaten, poor thing!) I'm not really a picky food eater and have eaten some weird foods (like whale) but I guess the Texan in me show. . .beef for my tacos!
It all looked delicious though.
I remember how busy weekends were in Charlotte, looks like it hasn't changed!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and God's Blessings!

 
At February 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Hi Robbye. Whale, huh? Wow. Haven't seen that on a menu yet. Did you have to scrounge up a bit of courage to order whale?

Yep, Charlotte's always hopping. Which is good. Rather it be like that vs dead. Blessings on your week!

 
At February 22, 2016 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Jill, you have got to try fish tacos but the big decision will be fried or grilled

 
At February 22, 2016 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Gail, Dora's 4 was a 4+ which in my mind made it a 5.

 
At February 22, 2016 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Ann from Texas I would say a brisket taco would sound good.

 
At February 22, 2016 at 8:19 AM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Robbye if you like fish you would like fish tacos, they are great.

 
At February 22, 2016 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Robbye said...

Dora, it was years ago when I was a kid. Don't remember a lot about it except it had LOTS of fat!! I may one day do a blog about all the strange foods I have eaten.
I am still planning on getting back to Charlotte on of these days!
Ernie, I love fish (unfortunately, a lot of times it doesn't love me), so I will have to try it someday.

 
At February 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Kirk Beard said...

I love chorizo, the queso dip looks awesome!

 
At February 22, 2016 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Then you should definitely give this place a try, Kirk. YUM!

 
At February 23, 2016 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Kirk, it sounds like a road trip

 

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