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Baja's Southwestern Grill, 806 Saint Andrews Road: May 2009   9 comments

Posted at 1:28 am in restaurants

I've written about this building before, when it was a D's Wings. Since then, a Tex-Mex operation called Baja's Southwestern Grill has moved in -- and out. I was going to give them a try sometime, but in the event never got around to it until it was too late, and the restaurant curse on this building (and Saint Andrews Road in general) continues.

I think something fairly easy the owner could do to make the site viable would be to connect the parking lot to that of the gas station next door. That would give people exiting this site access to a traffic light so that left turns to get back on I-26 wouldn't be so bad. It seems like an obvious idea, so perhaps the station owners don't want the extra traffic.

Good on the owner for the forthright and informative closing door-note!

Hat tip to commenter Ken for the heads-up that Baja's was gone.

Written by ted on May 15th, 2009

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9 Responses to 'Baja's Southwestern Grill, 806 Saint Andrews Road: May 2009'

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  1. A friend and I went there once, after getting a "buy one, get one free" type coupon.

    They had an unusual way of doing things. First, you had to grab some menus from the front and seat yourself. You'd go to the bar and order, and I don't think you paid then, but at the end of the meal.

    The bottomline for me was that the food wasn't that good and it was expensive. We paid $17 for lunch, even after the BOGO coupon.

    Another thing: I thought their airbrushed sign was a little hard to read at a distance. It looked like a faded sign from a closed business.

    E.J.

    15 May 09 at 3:02 am

  2. I agree with Ej- I had the same experience $$$$,rude employees. For that kind of money I do not want to go back to a "do it yourself" kind of place. Although this place has survived in lexington in what seems like the worst location on the planet (google it) and has been there for years. This building was first built to be a part of a chain called Moxies 50s bar and grill - then became John Pauls steakhouse - Never knew why this location closed as John Pauls was always packed & this was the same John Paul that had a steakhouse on Assembly st that also closed. *** Here is a TIP ** The day I walked out of the Southwest due to bad service I drove down St Andrews Rd & saw the BAWA Oyster company on the other side of the bridge off of St.Andrews road (The Old Cussin Bills) They had just opened with a super staff - Killer Food at Killer Prices and Cheap Happy Hour and an owner who really cares!! What a difference!

    Kc

    15 May 09 at 5:50 am

  3. I would just add to your comment that after Moxie's, for a short time in '88/'89, it was a seafood themed restaurant called "D.B. Hooters," no connection whatever to the Hooters chain. Possibly D.B. were the owner's initials.

    badger

    15 May 09 at 8:04 am

  4. As I mentioned in the D's post, it was also a Cobblestone, which I know was open 1995-1997ish. A concept that was about 8 years ahead of it's time for Columbia and 15 years ahead of it's time for the St. Andrews area. Think Mellow Mushroom/Barley's. Absolutely killer pizza and an unheard of tap selection for mid nineties SC. When it was JP's, there was another parking lot behind it that was a little easier to get in/out of, but it is very difficult, I agree.
    This place had pretty good lunch "specials," where you could eat for around $6 or so, but if you ate off the regular menu, it was pricey. Pretty good fish tacos, but there are better ones out there. They took enormous pride in their fresh salsa, which again, was average. I still think Yo's excels. At any point, hate to see any Mexican themed establishment shutter.

    Jonathan

    15 May 09 at 8:25 am

  5. Rode by this morning and another sign on the board states it will be a breakfast joint. Ted, I'm sure you'll just have to take people's word for it, since you don't eat breakfast at "normal" breakfast hours! Ha Ha!

    Jonathan

    28 Oct 09 at 2:25 pm

  6. The new name of the place will be the Delmonico Diner.

    IrmoJeff

    5 Nov 09 at 11:56 am

  7. Delmonico's diner is now closed. They opened 2 weeks ago (in January 2010) for 3 days and now they have a "Closed" sign on the door. I was able to eat there twice in those 3 days. Once for breakfast and once for dinner. It was good, but over priced. I don't know what happened. They couldn't even complete a whole week!

    ALicia

    5 Feb 10 at 9:36 pm

  8. Heavens. That may be some sort of record here!

    ted

    5 Feb 10 at 11:48 pm

  9. Not sure where to put this, if it goes here or at the D's post, but I drove by this place last night, and whatever took Delmonico's place has closed. No signage, but at 6:45 you would have thought them to be open.

    Jonathan

    10 Dec 10 at 10:58 am

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