Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tijuana Gillies
23962-2 Alicia Pky
Mission Viejo, CA

So my girlfriend and I had a coupon and wanted to stay local, so we decided to give Tijuana Gillies a try. A little disclaimer though, we had been here before for brunch, she liked it and I did not, so we decided to give it another shot. On a Sunday night at five, we walked right in and did not have to wait. In fact, the place was darn near empty, except for the three loud dudes watching the football game in their tiny bar.

I have always been told that you can judge a Mexican restaurant by their chips and salsa, so if this was the case, I knew this place was going to be in trouble. The salsa looked and tasted like canned tomato soup with onion added. The chips were mediocre.

Not to give anything away, but the highlight of the meal for me was this bland salad. It was not the salad itself that made me take notice, but the fact that it was only 1.99 with the purchase of an entree. I always enjoy when you get a break on the salad if you are going to eat an entree. Props to Tijuana's for this!


Now on to those entree's. I choose the burrito Colorado. Filled with un-savory beef and beans topped with lackluster red sauce. The only sign of life that this dish showed was when lots of Tapito was added. Rice and beans were average.

Katie decided to get the Mama's special. It consisted of a cheese quesadilla, and a mini tostada. She thought it was good, but not great. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but on the other hand she did not hate it. I did have a bite of both items and thought the quesadilla was okay and the chicken tostada had a lot of lettuce and very little chicken.

Our waitress did a great job for us. She was on top of the drinks and anything else that we needed, (of course she only had two tables the whole time we were there, but that is beside the point!). All in all, if you are looking forward to a bland evening of Mexican food give Tijuana Gillies a try. I will bypass this place and head to the Del Taco down the street. For more information, check out their website

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Welcome Back Bob!

So I decided to start this blog with one of my favorite childhood places, Bob's Big Boy. They are back in Orange county for the first time in years. They plan on opening more units in the near future. The first Big Boy is locted in the city of Orange, in the Stadium Promenade shopping center on Katella and Main.

So when I walk up to Big Boy and see Bob proudly holding up his hamburger namesake, it instantly tranforms me to my childhood years. On this visit I am meeting up with my girlfriend and parents before Ducks opening night at the Honda Center. The place is packed, but the wait is less than five minutes. The place is big with a lot of tables and plenty of wait and support staff.

So now on to the thing that has kept bringing people back to Big Boy for all these years, the food. I know right away what I am having for dinner, a Big Boy with fries and an extra Big Boy. I know it is a lot of food, but I have been so looking forward to this and the burger does not disappoint. The double decker burger has tow patties and a great combo of mayo and their famous red relish. A masterpiece on a bun! The burger is as good as a I rememeber. The fries are just average, but are not meant to be the star of the show.

For dessert a hot fudge cake to share, (Sorry no photo available). Kind of skimmpy on the hot fudge, but still a great way to top off the nostalgic meal! Service was great and we will definetly will be back.

For more information about Big Boy, visit their web site:

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