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Aug 10, 2009 02:38 PM

Tijuana Flats coming to Raleigh

Just what the Triangle needs, another so called Mexican restaurant. Corner of Millbrook
and Wake Forest Road. OPENING SOON - the sign beckons.

It's a chain. Anyone familiar? I live two blocks away. Could be convenient if they have a liquor license (if you know what I mean).

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  1. It must be....but could be interesting nonetheless. We should do a search on the "Chains" board....

    Isn't it in the old Circle K location?

    1. My parents live in Florida and have one near their home. It's my Dad's favorite. The food is actually pretty good, very fresh. It is semi-fast food. Order at the counter, they deliver to the table and check for drink refills, etc. My father loves that they have a large selection of hot sauces for you to use.

      Service, cleanliness and value has been good. Not authentic, but tasty, reasonable and consistent.

      1. It's a mostly a Florida chain. My family that lives in Orlando eats there every Saturday night. It's not authentic Mexican, more Cali Mex with a focus on using fresh ingredients. The big "feature" is a hot sauce bar with a sweet, spicy, and really, really hot sauces that have cute but racy names.

        The one my family has taken me to is pretty tasty.

        5 Replies
        1. re: mclp

          No experience with this place but from the descriptions it sounds pretty similar to Chipotle, Moe's, Baja Fresh, Qdoba, Salsarita's, etc. It seems like our area is overrun with this exact type of chain. Is TF really any different or better than the others?

          1. re: rockycat

            ....and then there's that new place at Lake Boone - Chubby's Tacos.

            I'm so "over" Moe's....I don't have a favorite at Qdoba......and I do love a good salsa bar! And it depends on what's convenient to you, location-wise.

            1. re: cackalackie

              Cubby's is local, with locations in Durham and Raleigh only.

            2. re: rockycat

              I guess it's different in that it's not an assembly line place like Moe's, etc. You order, they cook/prepare it in the back and bring it out to you. Don't get me wrong, Taqueria la Vaquita is still going to be my go to place, but I could see myself occasionally getting a crunchy taco at TF if I'm in Raleigh and want something quick.

              1. re: rockycat

                I haven't tried the ones you mentioned. I prefer indie/local when I can. I eat at TF when I visit my folks 'cos it's their dime and their call! But it does seem to be one of the better chain/semi-fast places. I probably wouldn't choose it for a meal, but I wouldn't be frustrated if my dining partner wanted to go once in a while.

                Some of the hot sauces are pretty good.

            3. I started going to TF in FL and now we have it in Va Beach. It's great! Great burritos and tacos salads! Very fresh; definitely recommend!

              1. Just moved back here after a couple of years in St. Pete, FL. If you *never* go to a chain simply because it's a chain, then it is not for you. However, the food is really good, the atmosphere tends to be good, good service, etc. If you like guac, you won't be too disappointed with theirs. The chips are either fresh or a really good brand. All of the hot sauces are good. AFAIK, they do not have margaritas, but they do serve beer, and the sangria is pretty good if you are into that sort of thing. Prices are reasonable. I kind of wish this was being built here.