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Tijuana Flats : Recipe For A Great Evening

Disclosure: My husband and I were invited to be guests at Tijuana Flats Turkey Chorizo Tasting. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raul and I Tijuana Flats

Have you ever walked into a place and got the vibe that this is where you belong? If you have then you know what I am talking about. Last week, my husband and I had a date night at Tijuana Flats. I am making a conscience effort to include Raul in any event that I am invited to as part of my dedication this year. The moment we stepped in the door at Tijuana Flats we felt like part of the family.

Tijuana Flats Interior

Everybody from the waitresses to the cooks, to managers to marketing people, were just so friendly and warm. They were just so welcoming as if they were inviting us into their homes for a meal.

Tijuana Flats Bathroom Door

I will admit that I received the email I had never heard of Tijuana Flats before but now I am a huge fan. Their food is amazing ya’ll. I think I had to waddle out to the car, I ate so much. And I also loved the fact that we were able to take food from the tasting home to the girls, who by the way can’t wait for us to go again.

Let me tell you a little bit about Tijuana Flats, the company, and their food before I continue to gush over the service.

Tijuana Flats Hot Bar
Tijuana Flats Signature Hot Sauce Bar

Tijuana Flats was originally opened in Winter Park, Florida. The owner and his wife worked in the first store growing this store into a chain. They not only have a chain of stores, they also have a line of hot sauces as well as give back to the community. I love companies that give back don’t you? And the name of their foundation that gives back is called Just in Queso. I love that name. In 2007 alone, they gave $3 million back to the community to support causes like breast cancer research, habitat for humanity, and childhood cancer. They also offer their employees volunteer opportunities as well.

And their food is amazing. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw all those amazing dishes last week. But just in case you don’t here is a quick roundup of what we taste tested.

Tijuana Flats Trio and Red Sangria

First up was the Tijuana Trio. This was chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole. Their guacamole was out of this world. I chose to wash my trio down with their Red Sangria. And let me just say I wasn’t disappointed.

Tijuana Flats Norrito Rice Bowl

Next up was Blackened Chicken Norrito Rice Bowl. (Norrito means no burrito.) My taste buds came alive when the flavors of the rice, black beans, cheese, blackened chicken, guacamole and of course my favorite sour cream. I thought to myself could anything taste better than this? And the answer was Yes.

Tijuana Flats Turkey Chorizo Tostados

Then we had Turkey Chorizo Tostadas. These were lightly fried corn tortillas with refried beans, melted cheese, salsa, sour cream and their signature turkey chorizo. I have always been a fan of Tostadas but this dish took it to another level.

Okay, you are probably thinking wow that is a lot of food, but wait I am not done yet. We still had 3 more dishes to sample.

Tijuana Flats Hangover Burrito Turkey Chorizo

Next up was the Hangover Burrito. This was amazing. It was unlike any typical burrito I have ever had and remember Raul is a native of Mexico. The burrito was filled with rice, beans, turkey chorizo, potatoes, and a fried egg. Yummy doesn’t begin to describe this burrito.

Tijuana Flats Beef Flautas

Then we went on to sample the Flautas. First up were the beef flautas. They were yummy, but they couldn’t top their chocolate cookie dough flautas.

Tijuana Flats Chocolate Flautas

Folks, I think I died and went to heaven when I tasted those. It is cookie dough wrapped in a flour tortilla, lightly fried, topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of chocolate syrup. There went my diet. LOL But did I regret it, not one bit.

Tijuana Flats Ceiling Tiles

Okay, enough about the food, back to the restaurant. While we were waiting for the other people to arrive, Sarah, the marketing director told us about the unique ceiling tiles. Each tile was painted by a customer of the Tijuana Flats. She said if a customer wants they can take home a tile to paint,  and bring back to the store for display how awesome is that.

I will have to say that once again the staff was amazing. And I wanted to end this post with a big shout out to two groups that made this evening so memorable.

Tijuana Flats Chefs

First is the amazing chefs for the night. Scott, Sid, and Will really out did themselves and because of their excellent food, we will be going back soon.

Tijuana Flats Amazing Staff

And then there is Brad, the General Manager of the Cary Location, Sarah, the Marketing Director, and Adam who oversees all the restaurants in Cary and Virginia Beach. They rolled out the welcome wagon and made us feel like royalty. And I will say that I noticed that they did that for all the customers that dined there that night, that weren’t part of the tasting,

Tijuana Flats

Folks, take my word for it if you ever have a chance to eat at Tijuana Flats, which by the way is Tex-Mex, run don’t walk to this amazing restaurant. It will be an experience you won’t forget.


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  1. I’ve never heard of Tijuana Flats before but their food looks really tasty! And those portions are HUGE!

  2. All of those pictures made the food look amazing! I have never been to a Tijuna Flats, but I think I might have to go soon now1

  3. OMG all their food looks amazing. I love finding good places to eat that also has good food to take home! That bathroom door is awesome and that dessert YUM!

  4. Wow! The Food looks amazing with huge portion sizes! Seems like a great place for a casual dinner!

  5. Wow everything looks really great! I had never heard of Tijuana Flats before this post and now I’d love to go and enjoy! Looks wonderful!

  6. Tijuana Flats is such a great restaurant! I used to go there a lot when we lived in Florida and I miss it. Those cookie dough flautas sound so good I need to try them!

  7. Tijuana Flats is great, and I love their hot bar! Ohhhh now I’m having some tex-mex cravings…I might need to stop by there for lunch tomorrow 😀

  8. I’ve never heard of this place, but the food looks so delicious! The decorations all look so fun. Sounds like a great place for a date night!

  9. This looks like such a fun place to go to, wish we had it here in the UK! The tostadas are definitely my favourite by the look of them, I proper fancy them right now haha x

  10. This looks like it was such a great time. All of that food also looks amazing! There is nothing like good food and fun.

  11. TF is one of my favorite restaurants. I was introduced to it when we lived in Florida. Then we moved to Virginia where sadly there wasn’t one. I am so excited to be back near one in Indiana!

  12. I love the vibe!!! And do we want to talk about that Hot Sauce Bar?!? Looks great! I can see why you talk about it with so much passion

  13. Yum. I love Mexican food so I will definitely have to try it out if I’m ever in the area.

  14. We love Tijuana Flats! It is a go-to place for us for a quick and tasty dinner. We have never gotten the cookie flauntas however! I will be getting them now. Great review!

  15. We don’t have Tijuana Flats near us- but I wish we did! it is so good! Even the dessert sounds amazing. Come to Atlanta!

  16. This looks like such a great time! I love when food and atmosphere meld to make someplace I am so happy! And that hot bar, be still my heart!

  17. The Tijuana Trio with the chips. salsa, queso, and guacamole looks so delicious. It made me hungry. Looks like you both had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Looks like you did more than eat well you had an experience. We have a place here similar called Tijana’s Garage it reminds me of this place.

  19. This is my first time hearing about this restaurant, but I know that my family and I’d enjoy the food. It looks so amazingly delicious!

  20. I love when companies give back and naming a charity organization after cheese is top notch in my book. The food looks absolutely amazing!

  21. Wow, such a lovely place. Must have been an amazing experience – what lovely food and fun! Love the ambience too. Great pictures!

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