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Friday Feast: Pre-Race Meal at Tortilla Joe’s

It’s no secret that I’m a Mexican food addict.  I could eat chips, salsa and guac everyday without getting tired of it.  Some might think that it is a strange cuisine for a pre-race meal, but it is my go to!  As seen by my pre-race recommendations for Walt Disney World, I’ve eaten at San Angel Inn prior to the WDW Marathon and Maya Grill prior to the 2013 Princess Half, both of which worked out very well!

So it’s probably no surprise that I went with Mexican prior to the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon!  My friend Amanda (a fellow Mexican food junkie) has raved about Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney ever since eating there of Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend and we knew that was going to be the place to go!

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Tortilla Jo’s is part of the Patina Restaurant Group, which also runs one of my favorite spots in Walt Disney World, Tutto Gusto, as well as a few other Disney restaurants.  Since we had an early morning that day from the Disneyland 10K and knew we were hitting the sack early for the half marathon, an early dinner was in order.  B, Amanda and I headed over there around 4:45 pm and there was already a 20 minute wait…you should’ve seen it when we left!  The restaurant was massive and can probably hold over 400 people, so having it be that busy was a good sign 😉  I mean look at this menu…YUM!  Click the image for a larger version.

TortillaJos_MainMenu

TortillaJos_Margarita-SpecialDrinks

Once seated, we were brought some chips and salsa and we promptly ordered the table side guacamole we saw being prepared at the table next to us.  Now Tara Gidus advised against fats pre-race in the runDisney meet up earlier that week, but I just couldn’t pass up the guac.  Avocado is a healthy fat, right??

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I also ordered another pre-race no-no…a margarita.  Look I had just ran a 10K that morning and it was still early enough in the day that it wouldn’t effect my sleep or the race.  What is Mexican food without a margarita??  Are my excuses convincing??

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Jo’s Super Gold Margarita

I didn’t want to order something too heavy for my meal and I definitely didn’t want to be weighed down with tons of dairy.  Jo’s Carnitas seemed to be the obvious choice.  Braised pork with some rice and beans for carbs…perfect!  Oh and was it oh so delicious!

Jo's Carnitas

Jo’s Carnitas

Crispy Pork Goodness!

Crispy Pork Goodness!

The pork came with freshly made corn tortillas and extra bonus, the waitress was nice enough to give me a few extra to bring back to the hotel for a morning snack.  You can bet that I loaded those up with some peanut butter the next morning 😉

Amanda ordered the same dish and B went with his favorite Enchiladas Suizas.  I didn’t try them, but they looked great and he said they were really good.  He particularly liked the corn that came with it which had a bit of a kick to it.

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We left there stuffed to the gills and very satisfied.  Probably one of the best Mexican dishes I’ve ever had.  Hey Patina Restaurant Group…can you PLEASE open one of these in Downtown Disney in Orlando so I can eat there more often??  That would rule!

Have you eaten at Tortilla Jo’s?  What is your go to pre-race meal?

Friday Feast: San Angel Inn

Due to still not having power, I’m finally getting this week’s Friday Feast up using free WiFi and power at Starbucks 🙂  Hopefully, I’ll be back to a normal schedule next week.  Enjoy!

San Angel Inn used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World.  I am a Mexican food addict and here you can enjoy some different and unique dishes compared to your local Tex-Mex joint.  The Mexico pavilion is also my favorite in World Showcase.  I love how it completely takes you to another place.  You can go from the sweltering Florida sun and humidity to a cool evening in a Mexican marketplace.  The restaurants atmosphere is romantic and oddly scenic if you can get a table overlooking the El Rio del Tiempo…oh wait, the Gran Fiesta Tour 🙂

When La Hacienda de San Angel opened across the way a few years ago, I forgot about San Angel Inn for it’s newer, spiffier cousin.  I love the simplicity at La Hacienda and kept returning there when I had a Mexican craving.  So recently, I decided to head back to my old favorite for lunch with my friends Amanda from Disney Every Day and Tony from Disney By the Numbers to see if it was still as good as I remembered.  Let’s take a look at the menu first before diving into the meal…

Drink Menu

Appetizers & Entrees

They have an extensive tequila and margarita list here that is very similar (if not the same) to La Cava De Tequila’s menu.  I went with the San Angel Inn margarita, which is the classic preparation.  I was very excited when they came to the table with the shaker and then left a “2nd round” for me to pour.

How cute is the mini ice bucket?!

As with most Mexican restaurants, we were brought chips and salsa after we placed our drink orders.  The chips were very good and seemed homemade, but the salsa left something to be desired.  It was very spicy, but was lacking in overall flavor.

Amanda and I ordered the Enchiladas Verde de Pollo which are corn tortillas filled with pulled chicken, covered with green tomatillo sauce, topped with sour cream, queso fresco and onions, served with black refried beans.  Salsa verde is one of my favorite sauces, so I was sold immediately on this one.  This was insanely flavorful, the chicken was moist and the black beans were great to scoop up with the tortilla chips.  Big winner here!

Enchiladas Verde de Pollo

Tony ordered the Tacos de Carne (my second choice!) which is a grilled New York strip on flour tortillas, topped with chipoltle pepper sauce, scallions and avocado.  Served with rice and beans.  I don’t think I would’ve been happy with the whole scallions in the tacos, but Tony said the dish was really good.

Tacos de Carne

It wasn’t very crowded during lunch, so this is a great options if you are looking for a good meal for lunch without an ADR.  San Angel Inn has moved back to the top of my list of WDW dining.  The food is tasty and fresh and the atmosphere is unlike anywhere else.  I’d highly reccommend giving it a try!

What do you think of San Angel Inn?