By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Restaurants | Issue: April 2010
Cook Miguel and owner Gerardo Barbosa stand in front of a painting of them and Francisco Barbosa at Tijuana’s Grill & Cantina.
Tijuana’s Grill & Cantina offers Tulsa diners a variety of made-from-scratch Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. And Tijuana’s co-owners Francisco and Gerardo Barbosa ought to know how – they have a long history in the restaurant business. The two brothers worked in Mexican restaurants in the Tulsa area for over 20 years, and before that they worked in the family restaurant in Mexico.
In 2006, the Brothers Barbosa set out on their own with Tijuana’s Grill & Cantina, now located at 7945 S. Memorial, just off the northeast corner of 81st and Memorial in Remington.
Tijuana’s has been in its new location since last June. “We had to move very suddenly,” says Gerardo. “A lot of our customers didn’t know we came here, or that we were still around. But now it’s picking up again.”
Tijuana’s offers a combination of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. “A lot of Oklahomans are used to Tex-Mex – that’s what they like,” says Gerardo. “My brother and I have over 20 years of experience in Tex-Mex. But we also do a lot of authentic dishes, and that’s what sets us apart from a lot of the other restaurants in town that are straight Tex-Mex.”
Tijuana’s strives to separate itself on quality and taste as well. “Everything here is made from scratch,” says Gerardo. “The chilies, the salsas, the queso, the tamales, the flan.”
Tijuana’s menu specializes in a variety of seafood dishes – they also have burritos and salads. Their portion sizes are generally quite large. Tijuana’s also offers a sizeable selection of lunch specials, appetizers, desserts and kids’ meals, and they have a full-service bar.
Tijuana’s has a cozy atmosphere, with its adobe-colored walls and Mexican background music. The restaurant is decorated with bright vases and plates, and is also adorned with colorful parrot decorations. Just inside the front door is a large painting of the Barbosa brothers and cook Miguel standing in front of their restaurant, next to a sign that reads, “Welcome to Tijuana’s – Bienvenidos.”
Tijuana’s is open every day. They also offer catering services. For more information, visit www.tijuanasgrill.com.