Address: 703 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am to 9pm
Friday: 11:00 am to 10pm
Saturday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday: 10am to 9pm
Liquor License: No
My boyfriend, friends and I have been to The Tortilla Press in Collingswood, NJ several times, and each time, we have been impressed and extremely satisfied with our meals. The atmosphere is great – hardwood floors, large windows and unique, colorful art pieces that are for sale are hung around the restaurant. The service is also excellent; the host/hostess will take your phone number and call you when a table opens up so you can walk around the quaint town of Collingswood while you wait for your table. Servers are helpful and attentive and food arrives quickly. The prices are not cheap, but they are not outrageous, either. The food is well worth what you will pay for it. A complimentary bowl of tortilla chips and a trio of dips (spicy salsa, milder salsa, and a bean dip – all very tasty) arrive promptly to tide you over while you peruse the menu, which includes a variety of meat and seafood dishes, as well as some vegetarian options (many dishes can be made vegetarian upon request, as well). I suggest bringing a bottle of tequila and ordering a pitcher of the restaurant’s margarita mix. There are 3 flavors available, though I have only tried the classic lime. It is homemade and not overly sweet – hands down the best margarita mix I have every had in a restaurant. The pitcher is $12, but each pitcher makes at least 6 margaritas, so you will spend much less money on drinks than you would at a Mexican chain restaurant.
Their website states: “We combine entrees familiar to the American palate with the deliciously fresh tastes of Mexican seasonings and sauces, giving a distinctive Mexican influence to each dish.” This is accurate. Nothing on the menu is particularly foreign, though each dish has some kind of unique spin on well-known Mexican favorites. I am a HUGE fan of Latin food and I love that each of the dishes I have tried combine Latin ingredients with textures and flavors that I enjoy in other types of food, as well (such as chipotle mashed potatoes). Below are the dishes I have tried and my opinions:
- Guacamole Made to Order ($7) – The absolute best guac I have ever had. No contest. It is creamy and the spices do not overwhelm the taste of the avocado. It is perfectly seasoned and the texture is great – not too chunky, not too smooth. Mmmmm.
- Coconut Habanero Shrimp ($20) Fire grilled shrimp with a sweet, spicy coconut & pepper confetti salsa. Served with chipotle mashed potatoes, grilled pineapple & fresh green beans. This entree was very good. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, juicy, and seasoned well. The salsa had a very unique flavor; it was subtly sweet with a hint of spice, but neither the sweet nor spicy nature of the salsa overwhelmed the taste of the shrimp, nor did the coconut, which I appreciated. (In fact, I found myself spooning up the sauce after my meal was done.) The chipotle mashed potatoes are tasty and I like that they give the dish a Mexican-American fusion-like spin. Green beans were fresh and cooked well and lend themselves well to the sauce. I would definitely order this again.
- Honey Lime Scallops ($20) Served with poblano~spinach rice & a delicious fresh vegetable medley. This is my favorite dish on the menu. The portion is generous (6 large scallops) and the honey lime sauce is absolutely delicious. It is light, sweet and compliments the shellfish perfectly. The scallops were beautifully cooked and I loved that they were served in a little dish, apart from the rice and veggies, making it easy for me to mop up the sauce. The veggies were fresh (squash and broccoli) and I appreciate that the are not seasoned heavily so I can enjoy them with the honey lime sauce. The poblano-spinch rice is light and tasty and again, I enjoy eating it with the honey lime sauce. I do wish the rice had a bit more flavor from the poblanos, but I am not a huge fan of rice in general so I tend to be critical of anything involving rice. I would order this again and again and suggest it to any fellow scallop-lover.
- Smothered Shrimp & Scallops Burrito ($18) With spinach~poblano rice, queso fresco and tomatillo salsa. Served with jalapeno potato salad. I tried this out on a Friday during Lent, when I could not eat meat. It was the first time I had been to The Tortilla Press. While I enjoyed the meal, I most likely would not order it again. The portion was very large and a bit rich for my liking, as I found it difficult to taste the seafood because of all or the other components in the dish. However, the tomatillo salsa is tasty and I love the queso fresco, which is both on top and inside of the burrito. The jalepeno potato salad is the highlight of the dish. It is the perfect combination of chunky and creamy and a bit spicy. It adds a fun American-style picnic flair to the meal. I have the same comments about the rice as in the above entry, but overall, I enjoyed the dish and it obviously led me to come back repeatedly.
I would recommend The Tortilla Press to any fan of Mexican food who is looking for a unique meal and a comfortable dining experience.