34718 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL | Directions 3468428.062728 -82.739004
Closed for Business – I recently drove up US 19 in Palm Harbor and noticed that Aunt Chilada's was gone. Not any sign or anything remaining sad to see it gone it was family owned and I knew most of them from the owned to the sons who worked there. It shows how bad the economy is when a well established place like that closes.
The End Must Be Near – The first time I visited Aunt Chilada's was over twenty years ago. At the time it was one of my grandmother's favorite restaurants in the area. Since then I have gone, off and on, through periods when the food has been very good and very average. After my most recent visit I won't be back and likely the restaurant won't be around much longer. This time the food was astoundingly bad and the service not much better. All of our meals appeared to have been previously frozen and reheated. Cheese inside enchiladas was cold and hard, steak in the soft tacos was also cool inside. Food cools from the outside in and this was warm on the outside and cool in the middle. We were obviously served old food. The quality of the food was also poor. The empanadas, which were the only hot items, were incredibly greasy. Maybe the fryer wasn't hot enough, or more likely the empanadas were frozen as well. Our server was also out of it. Maybe her meds hadn’t kicked in but she failed to respond to several requests and eventually we had to ask a manager to get more salsa and drink refills. In the end we all felt that paying $50 for the equivalent of supermarket frozen dinners was the death knell for this place we had visited for so many years. No, Aunt Chilada's is now permanently off our dining radar.
HORRIBLE – February 20th a group of ten women went out for a nice dinner and salsa dancing, but discovered that they would not be able to join the salsa dancing due to bad service at Aunt Chiladas Cantina.
I arrived at 7:15pm and asked for a table for 10 people. I was told that the wait would be about 20 minutes long. Around 8:10pm, my group became anxious and I asked the hostess why we have not been seated, she told us that she could seat us at two separate tables. We agreed to this and sat down looking forward to what we hoped for dinner and salsa dancing.
8:15 pm - The waitress came to our table and took our drink and food order and it was looking good.
9:10pm- Very hungry and anxiously waiting for our food so that we could join the 9:30 salsa dancing lessons that also took place in Aunt Chiladas Cantina.
8 of 10 of our meals arrive at 9:10pm and to start two of them are incorrect. Also we sit with empty drinks and no silverware to eat the food we have.
9:30pm Not our entire group still has their food YET and the waitress is missing in action. Jessica walks back to the kitchen and asks what is going on with our order and drinks.
9:45 We have our food in front of us and can eat and we are still waiting on drinks to come, but the manager is arguing with Jessica about how Aunt Chiladas is not FRIDAY'S! He is very rude to all of us and tells us that they are doing the best that they can do and that this only happens on in every 4 years at the most.
We end up getting a 30% discount, but still missed out on Salsa Dancing and all vowed never to return to Aunt Chiladas for food service.
Excelente! – We've been going to Aunt Chilada's for 8 years and love it! The atmosphere is festive and upbeat. We've never had bad service and we highly recommend Florencia to serve you. They have a big selection and the chimichangas, queso blanco, and sangria is fantastic! Make sure you bring your business card, if you want to advertise underneath the glass table tops.
Keep Going for Great Mexican – Very disappointing food (the gooey cheese they use is particularly bad). Service and ambience are really the only pluses.
Best Mexican Cantina in the Tampa Bay area #1. – I have been to this restaurant many times and I ove the food here. They have the famous Aunt Chilada's Margarita that you should try. They have every Friday night Salsa classes and they are alot of fun. Highly Recommended.
The glory days are back!! – Been going here for 10 years and the glory days are back! Maria has taken the restaurant and kitchen back. The food is better than ever and the staff morale is fantastic. Very festive and the food is awesome. Everyone is very attentive. One of the best mexican restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. Order the Golden Margarita!
Great Mexican – Any great Mexican restaurant serves food on super hot plates. Service is average but food is hot and authentic, especially Sunday brunch.
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