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Tortilla Flats Providence

ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 14, 2008 06:15 PM

Going to Tortilla flats on Sat. night, it's not my choice but being from out of town I don't really get to choose. Is there any hope for dinner here? I think I wondered in once for a drink but have no clue about the food. I am sure it is not authentic Mexican but as Tex-Mex goes is it Border Cafe-esque? Cactus Club? just how bad is it?

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  1. digga RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 14, 2008 06:50 PM

    It's bad. Sub-Cactus Club. Drink liberally.

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      Alica RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 14, 2008 07:14 PM


      1. ChickenBrocandZiti RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 14, 2008 07:25 PM

        Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Arghhhhhhhhhhhh. They probably only have Cuervo just to really kick me in the shins.

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          bewley RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 15, 2008 04:43 AM

          As I recall, the chips and salsa weren't bad, it's just the rest of the menu that's crummy.

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            GSM RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 15, 2008 05:27 AM

            Yep, count me as another vote for bad. And yet always so jammed-packed with students. Clearly the east side cries out for a good Mexican restaurant!

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              Sap115 RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 15, 2008 10:16 AM

              Yes, really bad food. Even the salsa is pretty bad and they charge extra for it. What kind of Mexican place doesn't offer free chips and salsa? I usually stick to Mexican beer and the burritos which are at least edible. A few Modelo Especials and you can forget the rest.

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                sk3 RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 15, 2008 07:57 PM

                the food's not world-class mex but it's not garbage, either. it'll fill yer tank while you enjoy the margaritas - they're great, and the bar stocks just about any variety tequila you could name. same for mexican beers. (and as far as canteens go, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more diverse mix of patrons anywhere in the city - ie lotsa different types have been coming here for a long time, so they're doing something right.)

                curious to hear tex-mex alternatives from the nay-sayers out there, and your trip report.

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                  bewley RE: sk3 Oct 16, 2008 02:10 AM

                  I think Chilango's has a much better tequila selection, and great food to boot.

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                  River19 RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Oct 16, 2008 04:31 AM

                  Decent Bar, decent Tequila selection, cheap beer, chips and salsa are alright, get the mixed or hot salsa, I honestly only have eaten appetizers there and the grilled chicken salad. I think the Painted Desert thingly Quessadillas or something are alright from what Ir recall.

                  It is RI, not exacty a hotbed of Mexican immigration and culture, take what you can get.

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