Jeremy Jackson and Tricia Martin opened TJ’s in an East Granby strip mall in February, merging Jackson’s vision of a beach-themed burrito shop and Martin’s dream of a coffeehouse with baked goods. Executive chef Stefan Drago, a Granby native, joined the team shortly after the opening.
In the morning, TJ’s offers a full line of coffee drinks, sweet and savory loaded toasts and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch and dinner is Mexican influenced, with burritos, tacos, salads, bowls and a variety of sandwiches and burgers.
“There’s no pretense to the menu. It’s simple, delicious, authentic food,” Jackson says.
Customize your own burritos or tacos with a choice of shell (flour, corn, keto/gluten free); proteins like smoked chicken, ground beef or pulled pork; cheese and vegetables. You can do the same with tortilla chips to make your own nachos, or even load up a pile of fries or tater tots (which we learned are more like small — and excellent — hash brown patties.)
Appetizers include munchies like taquitos, jalapeño poppers and wings, along with the provided house chips and salsa. Empanadas are particularly good, with a choice of chorizo-shrimp or ground beef filling served with chipotle crema.
Who orders a cheesesteak at a taco spot? Well, we did, and it was our favorite dish of the night. TJ’s hefty carne asada cheese steak features roasted sirloin, sautéed onions and peppers, mushrooms and the restaurant’s signature queso, which itself is fantastic.
TJ’s offers a full list of beer, wine, cocktails and other beverages, and even drink flights: four taster portions of classic and flavored margaritas, or hard lemonades and mojitos. The restaurant gives its iced coffees the same flight treatment, with flavors like cinnamon churro and Reese’s white chocolate.
Eat in or take out?
This is food that travels well for takeout, but TJ’s has desirable outdoor seating, with several umbrella-shaded tables surrounded by planters filled with colorful blooms. On a sunny evening, it’s a great spot to kick back and enjoy a margarita. Indoor seating accommodates about 30 people.
3 Turkey Hills Road Suite 3L, East Granby
Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.