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Solaris Grill in Center Square now Tequila Joe's Burrito Bar

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jujuthomas May 30, 2010 06:53 PM

I guess our kind of "meh" experience at Solaris in December was an indication that the resto was not long for this world? We drove by today and there's a new sign up for Tequila Joe's. Not sure how long they've been there, but I could see people sitting on the patio even tho it was a little early-ish for dinner.

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    givemecarbs RE: jujuthomas May 31, 2010 12:13 AM

    I could do with some Mexican food. Anyone been?

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      RitterSportRules RE: jujuthomas May 31, 2010 04:18 AM

      We haven't been there yet, but Tequila Joe's has been open for a couple of months. There is a Tequila Joe's in Oreland, so I suspect the one in Skippack is the same chain/owner, etc.

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        Jdbc RE: RitterSportRules May 31, 2010 03:54 PM

        They're also the same owners as Solaris to my understanding.

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          givemecarbs RE: Jdbc May 31, 2010 08:29 PM

          Is that a good thing? Not trying to be a wiseacre here, just deciding if I should try the place or not.

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          Den RE: RitterSportRules Jun 1, 2010 04:21 AM

          I tried TJ's in Oreland and was not impressed. It was the equivalent food-wise of Marita's Cantina.

        3. PattiCakes RE: jujuthomas Jun 1, 2010 10:12 AM

          Tequila Joe's in Oreland hs been open for a number of years, and is owned by the same folks who own(ed) Solaris. It could be that the Solaris concept was not doing as well as TJ's, so they decided to go with what WAS working.

          As far as "Mexican" food goes, TJ's is not authentic, by any stretch of the imagination. The tortilla soup, for instance, is like a thick version of Campbell's tomato soup, with a bunch of Mexi-garnishes. On the other hand, the salsas are good, and the chips are fresh made. It's not bad food, but it's not great either. It's a bar with food, rather than a resto with a bar. What it has going for it is a fairly loyal following of locals. It's a relatively inexpensive place for people in the area to go, have a few drinks, eat a little food, watch some sports on TV and generally hang out. A lot of the patrons seem to know each other, and there is a good mix of young and old. That works because of where it's located. I'm not so sure it will have the same sort of draw in CH/Flourtown.

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