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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill - Review #2

14988 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, CA 92618

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Tia Juana's Exterior

UPDATE: Tia Juana's has closed down as of late 2011.

So, I went back to Tia Juana's on a lunch break just to get some pictures because last time I was there only one of my pictures turned out. Ordered the Alaskan Mero entree again but instead of ordering the deep fried ice cream I got their tequila lime cheesecake as a dessert.

Tia Juana's Shrimp Enchilada Platter
Tia Juana's Shrimp Enchilada Platter

Tia Juana's Alaskan Mero Entree
Tia Juana's Alaskan Mero Entree

Tia Juana's Interior
Tia Juana's Interior

Tia Juana's Lime Cheesecake
Tia Juana's Lime Cheesecake

My co-worker Ed ordered the shrimp enchilada and liked it better than shrimp enchiladas he's had elsewhere because it had big chunks of shrimp in it. He was about to order dessert but was too stuffed from the chips and his entree. He said he'd give Tia Juana's a four Speedy Gonzales rating. I'm sticking with my original three Speedy Gonzales rating (although it's maybe more solid this time) and combining the two for a three and a half Speedy Gonzales rating:

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great food and wonderful ambience and very generous portion of food. Service is above average and you will not leave this place disappointed.

Joy said...

What exactly am I looking at, with the Alaskan mero platter? I tried looking up the description of the dish on the online menu, but it's not listed. Was it a daily special?

ChristianZ said...

I described the Alaskan Mero in my first entry on Tia Juana's as "yellow corn-meal encrusted Alaskan halibut topped with citrus chipotle sauce and served with some zucchini/yellow squash concoction and yellow corn masa (there's a definite yellow theme going on here)."

Don't know why it wasn't on their online menu back then and don't know why they didn't add it when they recently updated their site.

Joy said...

D'oh! I didn't think to look back at the first review.

Anonymous said...

I just tried their new menu. Much better look and actual specials now. The Enchiladas espanolas were especially good. I'll go again...especially because it's the only non-chain restaurant around Irvine!

ChristianZ said...

I know there's at least one other restaurant in Irvine that is not part of a chain . . . but they are planning on adding a second OC location next year so maybe then they will be part of a chain.