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Ate lunch at Tijuana Flats in Oldsmar today.  Decided to try something besides the chimichanga and ended up ordering a steak and cheesy burrito.

Gotta say, I found it a bit on the dry side and the grilled onions inside it needed to be cooked longer.  I ended up getting some sour cream to smother over it, but overall, probably not something I’d order again.  With the rice and beans to make it a combo, it ended up being just under $10.

The staff at Tijuana Flats is really friendly and they take refilling drinks very seriously.  I think three different people stopped by our table to see if everything was ok and if we needed refills.  They’re also quick to clear away your plates too. 

Tijuana Flats
3687 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-749-8184

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Food2/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.9/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Best Burritos


    Well, this is where this blog began.  Mekenita Mexican Grille in Lutz.  It’s such an unassuming little restaurant at the end of a strip mall, but as far as I’m concerned, they make the best burritos around.

    You order at the counter and then they bring out some chips and salsa to your table.

    This is the one place where I actually eat the chips and salsa.  It has a smoked chipolte flavor.  Not too spicy, but is amazing with the warm chips.  They had to bring us out a second batch because the first didn’t last very long.

    My burrito of choice is the Crispy Tiger Shrimp Burrito.

    This is one big ol’ stuffed burrito.  It’s filled with crispy fried shrimp, refried beans, citrus rice, cabbage, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and a cilantro lime aioli.  It’s the lime aioli that really sets off this dish.  I was able to finish half of it and the just tore apart the other half and ate the shrimp.  There was no way I could finish the whole thing. 

    Loren ordered the Grilled Skirt Steak burrito.

    He was only able to eat half of his too.  They really stuff the burritos full.  They also have a salsa bar so you can add some heat to your dish as well.   Total bill was $20 with a drink. 

    Mekenita Mexican Grille
    17623 N Dale Mabry Hwy
    Lutz, FL
    813-26-1212

    Mekenita Mexican Grille on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Lutz, Mexican
  • We ate dinner at Hacienda Mexican Grill over on Drew Street tonight.  It wasn’t very busy for a Friday night, but I’m all for not having to wait for a table.

    They started us off with some chips and salsa.

    Loren said the salsa tasted very fresh, though it wasn’t very spicy at all.  He ordered the carnitas.

    He really enjoyed the dish.  Said everything tasted very fresh and flavorful.  The pork was very tender.  The guacamole had a little kick to it.  The rice and beans were standard fare.

    I ordered the shrimp chimichanga.

    It was rather disappointing.  The shrimp tasted as though they had been frozen and quickly defrosted.  They just had a taste to them that was not fresh and flavorful.  Definitely not good eats.  

    They had live music tonight, but I’m never sure what the proper etiquette is when they come to your table and play.  Should you let your food get cold while you watch and listen or is considered rude to continue eating?  Don’t get wrong, they were very good, but I’d just rather not have them focus directly on our table while we’re eating.  

    Total bill was $24. 

    Hacienda Mexican Grill
    2551 Drew St, Ste 104
    Clearwater, FL
    727-286-6113

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Had lunch at Salsa’s in Oldsmar today.   This is the second time I’ve eaten here and it’s been busy both times.  We started out with some chips and salsa and I ordered the cheese dip.

    Loren thought the salsa was very bland.  Not spicy at all.  He thought maybe it was leftover marinara sauce from the Italian restaurant that used to be in the space.   The cheese dip, on the other hand, had a little kick of jalapeno. 

    He ordered the lunch chicken fajitas and asked the waiter if it came with guacamole.  The waiter said yes it did.

    If you’ll notice from the photo, there’s no guacamole there.  Unfortunately our waiter never returned to our table, so it’s not like we could order some.  Both times, I’ve been here, the service has been less than stellar.  They take your order, drop off your food, and then they never check back with you until you’re ready for the check. 

    I ordered the chicken creama.

    It’s a rather plain dish, with not a lot of flavor going on.  The chicken was tender though.  Total lunch with a drink ran us $23. 

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened up in the space that was once Albertos and then Lonzalos in Oldsmar.  I am so happy now to have a Mexican restaurant close to work. 

    The menu had the typical fare with lunch specials under $10.  I went for the shrimp chimichanga which came with rice and beans.

    I enjoyed it.  It could have been fried a little longer to make it crispier, but the filling was very tasty.  It was covered with a white cheese sauce and all mixed together made for a tasty lunch.   I forgot to get a photo of my friend’s lunch.  She got a combo with a soft taco and chile relleno.  She said they tasted good, but didn’t realize the chile relleno had meat as well as cheese in it.  She thought it would just be cheese.  She also said the salsa was good.

    The service wasn’t that great though.  Our waiter spoke very softly, so it was difficult to understand him and once he dropped off our food, we didn’t see him again until we were finished.  Total was just under $10.  I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar