My friend Padma is in town for the week, so we had lunch at Tijuana Flats today. I always associate T-Flats with Gainesville since there was one right across the street from the UF campus. Padma and I went to college together, so it felt a bit nostalgic catching up over Mexican food.
My favorite dish is their fresh salad – it is served in a large, crispy tortilla bowl with lettuce, cheese, black olives, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, sour cream, dressing, and choice of protein. I had it with the avocado ranch dressing and blackened chicken.
It is a huge portion - and with the tortilla bowl, it really isn’t any healthier than the other menu items. It comes with a side of chips and tortilla strips on top too – which seem kind of unnecessary with the bowl.
All the Tijuana Flats restaurants have bright, funky colors and graffiti-covered walls. They have a wide range of hot sauces at their “Hot Bar”. The location we ate at today is in a new shopping plaza right over the Gandy Bridge from Tampa. They have outdoor seating as well, so we enjoyed the cooler weather today. Nice place to enjoy some casual Tex-Mex dining.
Tijuana Flats has many locations around the country (mostly in the southeast). The one we dined at today is located at 10300 Roosevelt Boulevard North, St Petersburg, FL 33716 and is open 11am – 10pm Monday through Saturday and 11am – 9pm on Sundays.