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Jan 28, 2010 11:55 AM

Jacksonville - High Tide Burrito Co.

I visited High Tide Burrito Co. today for the third time, and wanted to see if I am off-base in my impression of the place. So far, I have tried variations of tacos, burritos, and salads with the marinated chicken, al pastor, and carnitas. In short, everything I have tried, other than the tortilla chips (which are damn good), tastes really bland to me. I just don't get it. Everything looks fresh, and the meats look well seasoned (except for the carnitas, I should have known by looking that it would be average). But, quite simply, all I can think is "meh." Also, the salsa looks fresh and like it should be good, but then it just isn't.

Especially with Burrito Gallery less than 5 minutes away, High Tide has pretty much run out of strikes with me.

Has anyone had a good experience here?

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  1. I have not been there but the reviews on UrbanSpoon agree with your assesment: The key word is bland. Reminds me of TacoLu.

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    1. re: marelyisdead

      Hightide is one of my favorite places. I moved here from San Francisco over 3 years ago and have been looking for a good burrito place for a while. I think the burritos are amazing. The homemade tortillas add a ton of taste to the burritos. The special fish tacos (which have been on special there for a while now) are really good too. I think all of the ingredients they use are fresh and have great flavor.

      Just wanted to let you know that I had a different experience.

    2. Hightide Burrito is great local spot that has been constantly evolving the in the right direction! They have the best home made flour tortillas (which other place do you know that makes their own?) chips and salsa are great and FREE! with meal. Great quality meats and produce...when possible they try to buy local! I think many people have been influenced by the tex mex haze and people should know that Mexico is a Big country and many different forms of Mexican food exists...I think we should support and applaud all independent spots.

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      1. re: smoothoperator

        I'm with you on supporting and applauding local and independent spots. I would venture that most who take the time to post on this board are of the same ilk.

        That said, although Hightide seems to have great intentions (quality ingredients, buying local, homemade tortillas), in my opinion, they have some execution issues which need to be remedied. I have since spoken to others, and unfortunately, "bland" seems to be a common denominator for descriptions of Hightide. However, based on the responses, it seems to have some loyal devotees. So, perhaps it is a consistency issue.

        I hope that, like you said, Hightide is indeed evolving in the right direction. In the meantime, I will retain Burrito Gallery as my go-to burrito joint, and perhaps give Hightide another shot in the future.

      2. I recently decided to go into Hightide Burrito after getting the special from groupon. When i walked into the restaurant I was pleased to see that the inside was well kept, modern, anmd most importantly of all clean.

        I got there at about five thirty in the evening and there was a nice casual ambiance about the place. While perusing the menu for my potentiall meal i was greeted by the friendly staff, who after introducing themselves proceeded to tell me a little bit about the different specialty burritos and tacos that you can only find at Hightide. So after being told about the C.B.G(Chicken, Bacon, Guac burrito) I decided to be adventerous and go outside of my normal boundries and try something a little more zesty. Along with the burrito I was told about the Tincho, a Sauvignon Blanc and Fruity Malvasia on the rocks with lime.

        I sat down outside on the patio and was promptly brought my chips and mild salsa and glass of Tincho. Both of these are amazing, the chips were seasoned and cooked perfectly and the Tincho was the perfect compliment of lite and fruity.

        By the time i finished munching on my chips, the C.B.G. that I ordered was brought out to me. The first bite of that burrito sent my tastebuds skyrocketing. It was the perfect combo of chicken, bacon, guac, rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, and a special Peruvian sauce.

        To keep from rattling on, Hightide Burrito Co. is my new favorite restaurant in San Marco!!!!!!!!!

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        3351 17th St, Sarasota, FL 34235