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