We Tried Tijuana Flats New Menu Items And Here Is What We Thought
This article was published in Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews.
Tijuana Flats has added a “Flat Outrageous” section to their menu after a whopping five years of very little menu changes. The change is hoped to add a needed flair to their menu while also still leaving those classics for their long-time guests. The new section features three new street tacos: Philly Cheesesteak Flautas, and Bangin’ Chicken Tostadas, which I got to try all during a tasting event they held.
Crispy Baja Fish– crispy fish, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage & pineapple salsa
Lime Steak– grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo & cotija cheese
Jerk Chicken– crispy jerk chicken, MoreFire! hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa & cotija cheese
Philly Cheesesteak Flautas– shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions & peppers, served with queso
Bangin’ Chicken® Tostadas– crispy corn tortillas with Smack My Ass Bangin’ Chicken®, refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes & ranch dressing
Let’s talk street tacos. I’ve had my fair share of street tacos and was really excited that T-Flats was venturing out because who doesn’t love a good street taco? I definitely do.
The first taco is the Crispy Baja Fish taco. First, I just really have to say, that pineapple salsa is WOW. There’s a spice to the overall taco and I bet it has something to do with that chipotle crema. The fish was, well fish and a tad dry but when combined with the crema, cilantro cabbage and pineapple salsa; it really got that moisture that it needed. I just kept taking bites and before I knew it, it was gone. I do wish there was a bit more fish on there. But it’s safe to say I enjoyed it!
Next, I had the Lime Steak. This was probably my least favorite. But let me put a disclaimer that I’m not the biggest steak fan, unless it’s at a steakhouse, 8 oz. and sizzling with a loaded baked potato. Okay, let’s get back on track. The lime-garlic flavor comes through nicely on the steak and was very tender. My favorite part was the avocado crema. “Hi, my name is Grace and I love anything avocado related.” The cotija cheese left me a little confused at the end. It’s just one of those cheeses that has such a unique flavor and it wasn’t my fave with this pair. My co-taster loved this taco, and she is a steak lover, so there is hope! Steak lovers will not be disappointed.
Last of the street tacos was the Jerk Chicken. Remember when I said that T-Flats is really bringing the heat with these menu items? Well this street taco will not let you down in the heat department. If you look back at the ingredients, there are some keywords that really scream, “HOT” and those would be the words: “Jerk” and “MoreFire! Hot sauce.” The Jerk chicken itself is crispy and packed with those Caribbean Jerk flavors you’d expect. If you’re in the mood for a kick, this is the taco for you. And can I just add that they can throw that pineapple salsa on anything and I’ll eat it. It’s that good.
Next up were the Philly Cheesesteak flautas. This was definitely the biggest surprise menu item. Who would’ve thought you could take a Philly and make it Tex-Mex? The filling is true to the Philly Cheesesteak fans and then wrapped in a tortilla and deep-fried only made it better. If you’re adventurous, I’d suggest dumping it in some queso and topping it with some “ Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally” hot sauce. You won’t regret it. The best way to sum up this item is to call it a great late-night craving that is sure to fill you up.
Last but not least were the Bangin’ Chicken Tostadas. Think of these as buffalo chicken quesadilla fillings piled on top of some tortilla chips. A great appetizer for a group of people. Not as Bangin’ as I’d hoped, but still a nice addition. A large group wouldn’t have any issues devouring these.
Overall the new “Flat Outrageous” section is sure to intrigue customers. On your next visit, opt for a street taco and try something new. There’s nothing wrong with switching it up T-Flats.
Just a side note: After stuffing your face with some street tacos, dive into some of the cookie dough flautas. Can we just wrap everything in tortillas and deep fry it?