EQUIPPING TIJUANA FLATS
PUT THE LID ON WATER GUZZLING
It used to be that clean, cheap water was as common as, well, water. No
more, though. It’s expensive coming in, and it’s expensive
going out—and when you’re cleaning pans with dried-on beans
or guacamole, you need a sprayer with some oomph. The T&S
Brass low-flow spray nozzle, third-party certified, does the
job at a miserly 1.2 gals./min. What’s that mean? Figure a
very small operation will save a minimum of about $300/yr.
in water charges alone, so payback would be in two months or
less. Many operators will save more like $1,000/yr. or
T&S Brass and Bronze Works
FRY, FRY AWAY
What’s not to love about this gas fryer by Frymaster? The
GF14 features a 35-lb. frypot with a 30-lb.-minimum and
40-lb.-maximum shortening capacity. Rated at 100,000
Btu/hr., the all-purpose fryer turns out 65 lbs. of French
fries per hour, from frozen to golden brown. Master jet
burners have no burner tube radiants to burn out, which
means you won’t have to clean burners or adjust the air
shutter. The open frypot has a large heat transfer area for
faster frying, and every inch of the frypot and cold zone
can be cleaned and wiped down by hand. And the large cold
zone catches crumbs and sediment so they won’t carbonize,
contaminate shortening or cling to fried products.
TIJUANA BEANS LOVE A GOOD STEAMER
Nothing beats a good steamer for retherming, and Tijuana
kitchen planners chose AccuTemp’s S6 Super-Duty Steam’n’Hold
for this task. The 6-pan, connectionless, boilerless steamer
features an auto-fill option. Three sensors maintain proper
water level in the compartment bottom and protect against
low water or over-filling. You can choose to remove and
empty the 4”-deep bottom drain pan at day’s end, or order an
optional drain pan equipped with a 1/2” flexible drain line
for routing directly to the nearest floor sink or drain. The
Super-Duty line also features a redesigned and relocated
steam vent to reduce operating noise, and comes with an
instant-open quick-release door. The S6 is Energy Star
MEGA TOP, MEGA HIT
Burrito prep goes so much faster when all the ingredients
are at hand, held at the right chilly temperature. Which is
where True’s Mega Top Sandwich/Salad unit comes into play.
This unit holds 24 clear poly pans, each 4” deep. You also
get a stainless steel insulated cover, cutting board, 300
s/s top and front with two doors, and an aluminum interior
with 33 s/s floor. The front-breathing 1/3-hp motor lets you
back the unit up against the wall. NSF-7 certified.
True Mfg. Co.
SOME LIKE ’EM HOT
Hot, hot, hot—that’s the story with Vollrath’s ServeWell Hot
Food Table, Model 38002 in particular. The no-drip wells
hold Tijuana Flats’ cooked meats and beans in up to 4”-deep
full-sized or fractional pans. At the end of the shift, the
wells’ brass drain valves make for easy cleaning. You get a
7 1/2”-wide plate shelf and 8”-wide cutting board, s/s
construction legs and shelves. And if you need mobility,
order the optional swivel-wheel caster set with two locking
wheels. Choose from 480W, 700W or 800W elements.
BABY, YOU CAN MELT MY CHEESE
Cheese browns and bubbles when it meets the 1,450°F
heat delivered in 10 secs. by the quartz heaters in Lang’s
Cheesemelter, a.k.a. MM48W. What’s really neat is, you
trigger the on-off switch by putting your plate on the
platform—no pre-heating needed. Ideal for finishing,
browning, melting and poaching, the unit comes with s/s
exterior front, top and sides; aluminized back;
chrome-plated adjustable 4-position wire rack; and a large,
unrestricted opening for easy access. Available in counter,
wall-mount and electric pass-through models.
Lang Mfg. Co.
A FAN AMONG FANS
A too-hot kitchen is an “exhausting” place, so to speak.
Which is why the right exhaust fan for your HVAC system
makes all the difference. From Greenheck, the roof-mounted
CUBE 161-15 unit helps pull smoke and grease out of the air
with a belt-drive upblast centrifugal exhaust fan. The fan
is strong enough to move 2,925 cfm at 1,349 rpm, all with a
1/2-hp motor. Includes grease trap with drain connection.
Greenheck Fan Co.
MIX IT UP, GOOD
Nothing beats a good hand-held mixer for liquefying soups,
puréeing beans and vegetables and creating salsas and
sauces. Robot Coupe’s beefed-up Turbo Range Power Mixer
gives you 40% more oomph than the original model, the
company says. The MP450 model comes with an 18” s/s shaft, a
removable s/s bell and knife assembly for easy cleaning, and
an ergonomically shaped handle. The single-speed, 720W
machine gives you 12,000 rpm of mixing ability. Mixers are
fitted with watertight seals and a splashguard for extra
protection. Eight other versions, sizes and speeds of the
Turbo Range are also available.
Robot Coupe USA
YOU SAY ICE, I SAY FLAKES
The hot Florida climate, where water line temps regularly
approach 95°F, led Tijuana
planners to spec oversized ice machines to keep up with
demand. Scotsman’s FME 1204 Ice Flaker and Bin produces up
to 1,200 lbs./day of compacted-style flaked ice. The
machine’s AutoSentry monitoring system constantly checks the
workload on the gearbox, so if there’s a potential problem,
the system shuts down before any damage can occur. The
matching bin comes with top-hinged front-opening door and
holds 970 lbs. of ice. Construction is s/s exterior,
Scotsman Ice Systems/Enodis
CONDIMENT PUMPS SPICE UP BURRITOS
At Tijuana Flats, some 20 condiment pumps dispense fiery hot
sauces to willing victims—er, customers. Those pumps, made
by Server Products, can put out up to 1 oz. per stroke,
although you can adjust portion control in 1/4-oz.
increments. They work for just about any condiment or
dressing, even chunky ones such as tartar sauce or Thousand
Island dressing. Choose from a standard s/s or plastic
fountain jar. Optional colored, engraved knobs identify
flavors. Warranty is 2 yrs.