First off, many thanks to B-hizzle for filling in for me while Time Warner did some work on the lines. If you all have an opportunity to get internet from somebody else, go ahead and do that. At least you all got to enjoy all Brian all the time. On to Tia Babe’s!
Tia Babe’s Burgers and Tacos – Harvard/10th in Santa Paula
Tia’s is one of the little places that do a bit of everything. They have a lot of a la cart stuff and also some full dinner and lunch deals. They are fairly small, but do have room for at least one large party. The parking is fairly limited though, so I’d parachute in, take a bus, or get a clown car. The prices are pretty reasonable, with 4 bucks being the average, and you can get out of there with a good size meal for under 10 bucks.
I ordered the chicken enchilada, roast beef taco and the chicken burrito. The kitchen is run under girl power and I spied an older lady back there, which usually means good eats, so I was excited to eat the results of their toil.
The feeling didn’t last long as I watched them take my pre-prepped enchilada and nuke it in the flavor killer. I really enjoy when everything is prepared on the spot and the whole nuking thing just bothers the hell out of me. After all, if I wanted a TV dinner I would have brought one from home.
The orders come out quick. Obviously most of the things are prepped ahead of time. Let’s break it down individually, though.
The enchilada was 1000 degrees when I broke into it, way over nuked and it was really really soupy. I’m pretty sure, had I no teeth, I could have just slurped it all up. I would have, except for the minor worry of getting first degree burns. It really is a shame because the enchilada is not in the classic red sauce. It’s a bit different and actually has a wonderful flavor. They need to throw in more cheese and stop getting the chicken from wherever they are getting it. This is by far the worst chicken I’ve eaten. I’ll tell you more about it with the burrito.
The roast beef taco, which is your basic shredded beef taco, was not too bad. The beef was moist and really good. The only real problem is the shell it came in. I am pretty sure they must have some connection with La Victoria or some other pre-made baked shell company. I would have liked a homemade shell.
The chicken burrito was a disaster from beginning to end. The chicken they use is absolutely horrible. It’s stringy, oily, loaded with gristle you pick out for days, and then they burn it. It was the worst burrito I’ve had since Brian first started using big words. The tortilla was burnt too, but it was harder to taste with the greasy sharp cheddar covering it.
It was a poor lunch experience indeed and I was really disappointed. I had heard good things about the food and now I feel lied to. The first thing they need to upgrade is the chicken. Maybe they should talk to those puffy chickens on the foster farms commercials.
Big virtual hug to everyone who missed me this past week, and a big virtual finger to those of you who didn’t and smiled each day I didn’t post.