Border Cafe is Jose Tejas!!!!
Why is Border Cafe not called Jose Tejas? It is the exact same restaurant, clearly the same menu, it even has the Tejas Chicken! I don't mean that it's similar to Jose Tejas: I mean, literally, it IS Jose Tejas, and must be part of the same franchise. Is it some attempted ruse to trick people into thinking it's not a TGIFriday's quality chain restaurant?
I get it now: the New Jersey franchises simply have a different name.
Also - speaking for myself (and PUI - heh) - I had never heard of "Jose Tejas". The original Border is local - right here from Cambridge. It was good back in the day when it was one of the first places to have Tex-Mex, I haven't been back since then. And some respected 'Hounds say they still make great Margaritas. But Border was actually before Jose.
Yeah, that sums up Border Cafe: great margaritas, exceedingly mediocre food. However, as a good Texas boy myself, there are times when what I WANT is really mediocre faux-Mexican food, and it's inexpensive enough.
Border Cafe in Harvard Square for some reason was hugely popular in the early/mid 90's, they used to have a cop outside to handle the overflow of people, and the wait times could be outrageous I remember. I thought it was a fun place to go back then for a cheap dinner and drinks, the chips were made fresh and served warm from the fryer, and the food was ok. Can't see treking to Route 1 or any other location to eat there though.