Looking for Mexican food in Anaheim? You’ll love Tortilla Jo’s at Downtown Disney. If you like tequila, sit near the tequila wall and enjoy some cocktails.
MaryAnne and I love all things Disney! After checking out all the new purple merchandise that Disney just recently released – ahhhhh! – we went in search of food and drink! Parched and hungry, we looked around at the many options in Downtown Disney. Have you all been out to Downtown Disney lately? There are some cool new restaurant options that we are definitely excited to try – I’m eyeing you, Ballist Point Brewery! But for this outing, we decided on our tried and true spot, Tortilla Jo’s, one of my kids’ favorite restaurants in this area. It’s a great family and friends stop after a few hours at the park or a fun day wandering and shopping in the downtown area – so much to do in this reinvigorated area.
Margaritas are solid, most using fresh squeezed lime and agave. I never order margaritas with
The food is solid with some familiar Mexican favorites. They bring out the chips and salsa right away (is that your favorite thing about a Mexican restaurant too?). The chips are thin and crunchy, the salsa is good but if you like it on the spicier side
You can go different ways, depending on if you want a few snacks or a full meal. The table side guacamole is a great sharable starter, and you can customize the flavor since its made fresh. When my daughter was younger (and ate less!), we would split the taquitos appetizer that comes with three taquitos and all the fixings, sour cream and guacamole. It’s one of the best deals on the menu if you want to be economical. Some traditional favorites are the combinations plates with a choice of enchiladas, tacos, chile
I dump all the veggies in, except for the oregano, not a huge fan of oregano, and I always get extra lime wedges. I love pozole, it reminds me of my childhood living in Alhambra near East LA when one of the dads would make a huge pot for us for after football games, and everyone would go over for a late night feast. Side note: it makes a great hangover cure. This comes with a side of tortillas, and I always get the homemade corn tortillas. Served hot and fresh, this is one of my favorite items here! My kids love them slathered with butter.
MaryAnne ordered a cheese enchilada with a side of rice. The red enchilada sauce is full of flavor and the enchilada is stuffed with gooey cheese. Our server, Roberto, ask for him if he is working – a pro who knows his stuff – told us that most dishes can be made vegetarian. And they have quite a few choices that are vegan, that looks more interesting than you often find at restaurants. The green rice and black beans are vegan, and both are tasty. We will have to return to try the portobello mushroom fajita with veggies, green rice
We have not checked out the weekday happy hour from 2-5 yet offering discounted food menu, house margarita, mojito, wine, and sangria. They have 3 tequila choices for happy hour that is either served straight up, or add $3 to have it made margarita style -hmmmm, interesting!
Although my kids do not often order from them much anymore, since my family will often order family style and we all split. I am always eyeing other people’s orders, and this gives my kids (and me) more variety. However, I really like the kids meals here. There are plenty of basics, like a quesadilla with just cheese, or you can get it with grilled chicken, or grilled steak; a hot dog; or chicken tenders. They can get a bean and cheese burritos, but I love that you can get it with either shredded chicken or shredded beef – often kids meals are just plain cheese quesadillas or plain bean and cheese burritos. They can also get a crispy taco with shredded chicken or beef – yum! I love the kids tostada bowl: a mini tostada shell (how cute!) filled with refried beans, red rice, choice of ground beef or shredded chicken, and topped with shredded lettuce, jack cheese, and tomato. And get this: they have a “Healthy Choices” section in the kids meal! Love this! My daughter’s favorite is the Kid’s Carne Asada: marinated grilled steak with sweet corn and a side or the Kid’s Grilled Chicken Breast also with sweet corn and a side. My kids’ favorite drink at any Mexican restaurant is an horchata, a sweet and cinnamony rice drink, it’s really good here.
Let’s take a little side line here and talk about parking. You need a minimum $20 purchase from any merchant, kiosk, or quick service restaurant for a 3 hour validation. But you can have a 5 hour validation at a full service table restaurant. Just don’t go over the time limits, because the fees are ridiculously exorbitant after your time limit.
The vibe here is fun and casual. Booths are comfy, and the tables near the huge, round open flattop stove