More than just Tacos at The Tortilla Press in Collingswood

6 Oct

Tacos are served in a traditional “make your own” platter with warm corn tortillas.

The Tortilla Press in Collingswood is serving up fresh Mexican inspired dishes.

I sat down with Evan Weissman, General Manager, to get some details about the restaurant. The Collingswood location, a BYO, celebrated its tenth anniversary in September. There is also the Cantina in Merchantville, complete with a full service bar which celebrated its fifth year of operation. Weissman described the food as casual gourmet. As an independently owned operation they’re able to go outside the box and provide a better experience for customers. “If people ask for something not on the menu, they can have it their way.”

There are quite a few vegetarian and vegan options including mock duck with peanut butter BBQ sauce and veggie tacos. The gluten-free menu features dishes such as coconut habanero shrimp. The Cantina has gluten-free fish and chips and flour-less chocolate cake. Weissman explained, “A lot of restaurants are not offering gluten-free items, we have a great response. We don’t want to turn those customers away.”

In addition to traditional Mexican fare, there are several distinctive items available. Server and hostess Angela DelRossi described her favorite dish, “The chicken sweet potato burrito is unique to us. I’ve never had that anywhere else.”

Sauteed Achiote Fish Taco from The Tortilla Press in Collingswood

I decided to try the fish tacos. It was served as a platter laden with pan-seared tilapia with achiote glaze, pinto beans, red rice, salsa verde, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Warm corn tortillas were served on the side. The tilapia was well seasoned, a little crispy on the edges, and very flavorful for typically mild fish.

The restaurant’s atmosphere was as colorful as the food. Bright decor and original art adorned the walls. The staff was also friendly and very helpful.

Collingswood is a tight-knit community. The restaurant’s owner, Mark Smith, works closely with local farmers to supply fresh produce. The Tortilla Press Cafe is at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market every Saturday. The restaurant is open for brunch on weekends (with a special early bird brunch menu) there’s a take-out menu too.

Oct. 14-19 is Fall Harvest Restaurant week. Both locations will offer four course meals for a set price of 29.95/person.

The Tortilla Press is a nice place to stop for lunch while perusing the shops on Haddon Avenue or to enjoy a four course meal. The gluten-free and vegetarian options make it a great choice for friends and family with dietary restrictions.

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5 Responses to “More than just Tacos at The Tortilla Press in Collingswood”

  1. 1000jerseytruths October 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Those tacos look so delicious! I’ll have to try to stop down there sometime :>

  2. sjdoesfood October 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Excellent photos; I especially love the side photo you used and totally wanna learn how to do that. Maybe try working on the way the article flows, though, maybe try to remember to add some segways/transitions.

    • sjtacotime October 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      When you upload the photo you can choose the size (I did thumbnail) and orientation of the photo when you insert media. Thank you and the feedback is much appreciated.

  3. yalet65 October 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Hey, I really like your blog! Your niche is really creative and definitely not something everyone hears about on a daily basis. I’m not from around here, but I am OBSESSED with Mexican food so you can count on me visiting your site again in the future!

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