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It's deadpool for Tortilla Flats on Queen West

Posted by Staff / February 6, 2013

Tortilla FlatsIt's only Wednesday and it has already been a tough week for restaurant closures in Toronto. The latest deadpool is Tortilla Flats, a long time fixture on Queen St. just west of Spadina. While many rightly complained about quality of food and service at this joint, there's no denying it continued to draw something of a crowd for its cheap drink specials ($3.49 daiquiri Mondays) and back patio.

Here's the note that recently surfaced on their front door claiming unpaid bills in excess of $40,000.

Tortilla FlatsThanks to redteamleader on Twitter for the photo and tip.



Simon / February 6, 2013 at 03:54 pm
That's a shame.
Nicole / February 6, 2013 at 03:56 pm
Their food was like cardboard with cheese and salsa on it. Good riddance!
LJ / February 6, 2013 at 03:57 pm
42K in arrears...
dnr / February 6, 2013 at 03:58 pm
Not a shame - This place had the worst food and service. It's sucked since the '90's.
Mauricé / February 6, 2013 at 04:02 pm
It's about time that cesspool stopped poisoning douchebags. They poisoned me once and I'm just an asshole
lindsay / February 6, 2013 at 04:09 pm
actually the worst service i had ever experienced.. over and over and over...
perv / February 6, 2013 at 04:15 pm
great gloryhole in the basement
Jennsanerd / February 6, 2013 at 04:17 pm
Only went there twice, and both times the service was fast and friendly. Loved that patio. Food was great and had a ton of leftovers for the next day. What a shame.
jerry / February 6, 2013 at 04:28 pm
horrible food
bye bye now
C / February 6, 2013 at 04:29 pm
I submitted the pic on twitter to Blog T.O. but it's all good ;)
Vandy / February 6, 2013 at 04:30 pm
Graeme / February 6, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Good riddance! The last time we were there we had to send drinks back 3 times because they had flies in them each time! Gross!
Cyril Sneer / February 6, 2013 at 05:07 pm
Its always interesting the different experiences people have. I've been there 3 times over the past few years and never had any problems. Its not fancy by any means, but hey, you go there for cheap drinks.
kristopher-ryan watson / February 6, 2013 at 05:09 pm
there was a time when their food was good.when you had an excess of a couple dozen people together to distract you from how bad it really was.. the nachos were a staple to that place. it's a shame to someone,i am sure. good riddance i say !

tnt / February 6, 2013 at 05:20 pm
Elena / February 6, 2013 at 06:08 pm
for anyone complaining about the food, the food was not the point of the place! it was the warm atmosphere and the absolutely amazing patio- and the drink specials! i have so many wonderful memories of this colourful place. i'm really sad about this. to me that part of queen street won't be the same. i really hope something else cool opens up in that spot.
Nivek / February 6, 2013 at 07:17 pm
Long gone were the days of it being worth going there, the only thing worse than the food was the service.

We actually had a waitress scream "I fucking heard you" when trying to get her attention in the almost empty patio.

Mud Slinger / February 6, 2013 at 07:22 pm
Almost had an oopsie poopsie after eating here.
ohgod / February 6, 2013 at 07:24 pm
Good god, last year I bit into a burrito that had a piece of glass in it. I gave it to the waitress. She asked if I wanted another burrito. She could care less I almost swallowed glass.

Thank heaven this place is gone.
A / February 6, 2013 at 07:24 pm
seriously the worst service and food ive ever had in my life, i hope this place burns down
Hulk / February 6, 2013 at 07:36 pm
An Italian would never be caught dead there.
Greg replying to a comment from Elena / February 6, 2013 at 07:54 pm
A good restaurant is about the whole package; great food that uses fresh ingredients and is freshly prepared, good drinks, friendly and attentive service, clean (including restrooms), ambiance and the crowd. If the food and/or drinks are mediocre and the service sucks, why go back? Adiós Tortilla Flats you failed at most of the above, my one experience there a few years ago never brought me back.
Adam replying to a comment from Elena / February 6, 2013 at 09:09 pm
Give me a break - it's not like it's a restaurant that has been there for years. It only moved from it's old location like 6 years ago.

It's a restaurant!!!!!!!!! People go there for food and the food sucks. Glad it's dead, hope it never comes back ever. BYE.
Adam replying to a comment from A / February 6, 2013 at 09:10 pm
p / February 6, 2013 at 09:18 pm
meh, it was cheap food and drinks..
always had a good time there.
tom / February 6, 2013 at 09:30 pm
i am sad,
it has nice atmoshpere, I hope it comes back
MexicanPete / February 6, 2013 at 09:36 pm
There's NOTHING like great Mexican Food.

And brother, Tortilla Flats was NOTHING like great Mexican!

(Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Pat Thornton on drums tonight...)
Stanley / February 7, 2013 at 04:48 am
The owner must have really wanted them out. $40k at that location is only a couple months rent. I don't think I've been to that place since they were further east on Queen in the 90's, oh well, not gonna miss it.
Daniel Sherrett / February 7, 2013 at 04:55 am
You want great Mex/Latin American food? Check out Tacos El Asador on Bloor west !!!
Nick / February 7, 2013 at 08:41 am
Almost positive the server (or someone there) copied my visa there a few years back.
Went there again maybe a summer ago, nice patio to have a beer on, but that about it. Oh and there was a squirrel up in the ductwork, ya, inside, up near the roof, A LIVE SQUIRREL.
Adam replying to a comment from Nick / February 7, 2013 at 09:31 am
Better than a dead one, though, amirite?
Juice Bar Experience / February 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Quit trying to make 'deadpool' happen.
mirta / February 7, 2013 at 02:12 pm
atmosphere was ok but food was horrible - this was the first mexican place where husband and I ate upon moving here and we never returned.
absolutely worst refried beans ever, not even edible
cake / February 7, 2013 at 03:55 pm
Had an event planner reserve a table for 10 there and they completely forgot. Lame.
Michael / February 7, 2013 at 06:31 pm
I know it's pointless to talk about a restaurant after it's been shut down, but this place was truly bad. Food-wise, you were better off going to the Taco Bell (with a bonus KFC) right across the street.
nippleholic / February 7, 2013 at 06:45 pm
Not exactly the best health inspection record:;id=97037
Andrea / February 7, 2013 at 08:23 pm
The original location a few blocks east was better. Or maybe that's just my mind playing tricks on me.
JuiceBoxJustice replying to a comment from Juice Bar Experience / February 8, 2013 at 07:02 pm
Uh, Deadpool has been a 'thing' for years, JuiceHead. Check the searchbar, friendo.
Blondo / February 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm
I live right next to this fetid hole and I'm glad that the mountains of rotting garbage they regularly dumped into the laneway will be gone (along with the rats that fed on it just a few feet from the depressing patio). I'll also be happy to be free of the terrible music they blast during the day, apparently to attract customers (obviously not an effective strategy). But I'm weary that something worse might replace it. And, as much as I hated the place, I'm sad to think that people lost their jobs.
box / February 15, 2013 at 02:33 pm
looks like they're reopening...
Blondo / February 16, 2013 at 10:34 am
It's alive. This place is harder to kill than the thousands of cockroaches that no doubt call it home.
FOOD replying to a comment from box / February 16, 2013 at 11:03 am
yeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nice to see them back on1
Plens replying to a comment from Juice Bar Experience / March 13, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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Durendal / August 7, 2014 at 01:24 pm
This place should go under already. The service absolutely fucking sucks. We (a family of 4, with 2 young kids) went there 2 weekends ago. We waited to be seated, and when the server came out, he looked right past us as if we were invisible and asked the group behind us how many people there were in his group. He then reluctantly seated us when his error was politely pointed out, although not on the patio because apparently there's some by-law not allowing children on them...

He then proceeded to bring menus to a table of people who came in several minutes after we did. When he finally brought us ours, we immediately ordered our drinks and the children's meals. Nearly 20 minutes went by without so much as a glass of water appearing on our table, not to mention the food we had already ordered, nor did he ever bother to ask what the adults wanted to eat. We then saw the other table of 4 people, who arrived well after us, get up and walk out in disgust. We immediately followed suit.

With that kind of unacceptable service, in addition to the fact that the place doesn't look like it's been cleaned in 10 years, this dump doesn't deserve anybody's money. It's too bad because the patio is great, and their 2 ounce drink cocktails are a bargain. To hell with them.
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