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!
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.
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??
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??
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!
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.
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?