Tijuana Flats

Last Activity: Sep 13th, 2013

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Tijuana Flats Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale

Location

1619 E Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 463-3480
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.9
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review: 09/12/13

Information

HoursM-Th 11am-10pm, FriSat 11am-11pm. Sun 11am-9pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate lot
CCYes AlcoholBeer and Sangria
Entree PricesModerate OutdoorYes
DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

The first time I went into Tijuana Flats, the only 3 other "Fresh" Mexican places were La Salsa Fresh Mexican (now Hot Tomatos), Zona Fresca and Baja Fresh (now closed). I'm not a fan of any of those places, so I was pretty impressed with Tijuana Flats. Since then, many more have opened, included 3 Chipotles; so my perspective has changed quite a bit.

Upon entering, the place has a musty smell to it, but I wasn't dining in. I've become a fan of the Burrito bowl, as the tortilla doesn't do anything for me. It's one of the things that has lauched Chipotle into being one of the fastest growing chains in the country. Tijuana Flats has their answer to the bowl called a Norito ("No Burrito"). I ordered that with blackened chicken fully loaded.

TF is known for their hand painted interiors; they're pretty interesting.

Tijuana Flats Sunrise Blvd Interior

Tijuana Flats Sunrise Blvd Interior

They have the ubiquitous salsa bar in the back, but I don't like it. You can't see the salsas; they have them in closed dispensers, and they don't have any regular salsas. I don't want salsas with molasses. And I want to see it.

They play good music; I went to the bathroom and it's well, not so nice. My order was ready when I was finished.

Tijuana Flats Norito Bowl

Tijuana Flats Norito Bowl

It's nice that they give you Guacamole; if you figure that it's slightly cheaper than Chipotle. But it's a sad-looking bowl; not enough good stuff.> I assumed that "everything" meant with sour creme and cheese. I decided it was necessary.

Tijuana Flats Norito Fixed up

Tijuana Flats Norito Fixed up

Now that's better. I expected to only eat half of this, but there wasn't really much there. It's a shallow "bowl", mostly rice. They have "salsa rice". Nothing really pops about the bowl. It's just a bowl of stuff.

As far as bowls goes, this place doesn't measure up to Chipotle, where you can get exactly what you want and see exactly what they're putting in the bowl. This is a nicer restaurant if you're eating in and they have more variety. But for a bowl, I'm going to Chipotle.

Review 3/1/2011

Tijuana Flats, officially the Tijana Flats Burrito Company, is a fun little place with good Mexican food located in a strip mall near Publix on Sunrise. The decor is colorful and fun; it reminds me of some of the places in Cancun of days gone by. The smallish chairs and lighting that resembles big Christmas lights wired throughout the place give it a unique ambiance. They have good music playing and a hot sauce buffet in the back where you can sample some very unique sauces.

The menu is a bit complicated but you get a lot of food for a low price. 2 Tacos with the meat of your choice, loaded with chips is $5. To me, this is Mexican food. I'm not a fan of so-called "Fresh Mexican", not because I don't want fresh food, but because leaving out the cheese and refried beans and sour cream is leaving out the best elements of the food. Here I got a chicken and black bean soft taco, loaded. The tacos are stuffed with chicken, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and jalepenos, topped with cheese and sour cream. Absolutely delicious. They use fresh jalapenos so if that's not your thing leave them out. The corresponding beef version has shredded beef that blends right in. This is like Taco Bell with fresh ingredients, only bigger, for about the same money.

On another visit I got the "Tijuana" size burrito with chicken and black beans, loaded with jalapenos on the side with chipotle sauce.

Tijuana Flats Chicken and Black Bean Burrito with Chipotle Sauce

Tijuana Flats Chicken and Black Bean Burrito with Chipotle Sauce

This size is perfect for 2 lunches. It's really big; too big for a lunch I think. And they do a nice job of making this boy.

Tijuana Flats Chicken and Black Bean Burrito with Chipotle Sauce

Tijuana Flats Chicken and Black Bean Burrito with Chipotle Sauce

Now maybe I'm wrong, but usually when someone asks for something on the side that means don't put it on the food; here they did both.

I like this place. They're opening another location on E 17th next to Vito's Pizza.

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