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Yes, El Guero is still around. If your group eats pork you might want to think about Carnitas Uruapan. There are a lot of fairly new, trendy places in Tijuana these days. The San Diego Reader does a respectable job of covering them. Here's the link, http://www.sdreader.com just click on the link to restaruants and a link to Baja restaurants should be a choice

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  1. This thread appears to be an exiled reply to this one:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    For the sake of context, the questions posed were:

    For lunch, is El Guero still in business? Still good?

    For dinner, La Diferencia seems to be the most consistently recommended Tijuana joint on chowhound. Does it still get the thumbs up? Is it walkable from Ave. Revolucion? If not, is it safe to take taxis there? Do we need reservations?

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    1. re: themicah

      The walk from Revolucion to La Differencia is a couple of miles... so you probably wouldn't want to do that. Yes, taking a taxi there is among the safest things in TJ... its located in Rio Tijuana... which is the safest, least congested part of town (within the urban area... not including the Playas area etc.,).

      Rio Tijuana is the happening area among the cities middle & upper middle class. There are several good restaurants, boutiques, jazz, blues, speak easy & nortec joints... as well as the best art galleries, the relatively impressive Cultural Center, the Country Club & other points of interest.

      In the last 15 years... I have been to TJ maybe 8 times & have never set foot on Revolucion... & had a perfectly good time.

    2. I have not been to any of the places in this article, but the NYT had an article about Tijuana in August:

      http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/08/25...

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      1. re: JRSD

        Excellent, thanks! Hadn't seen that article.

      2. A few other places you could check out in TJ:

        1. Cien Anos--very good.
        2. Los Arcos--very good seafood
        3. Villa Saverios--pretty good Italian food. Very nice ambience.

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        1. re: El Chevere

          Apparently Cien Anos is out of business.... so La Differencia has become the go to place for nice Mexican food. Its not upscale in the same realm as the top places in Mexico City... but its got interesting, very Mexican decor, in a comfortable, charming, romantic setting and they do everything really well.

          They nailed my Rabbit Mixiote (which I wouldn't think gets ordered that often by the tourists.... many of whom are Mexicans living north of the border... but who wouldn't know what a Mixiote is)... that right there tells me they have every dish down.

          Also... the Crepe Cake... a very unlikely concoction is one of the best desserts we've had in the last couple of years.

          I ate at La Differencia in May... just before moving from L.A. to Northern California since I figured its probably the last time I visit TJ.

        2. According to this thread, the new Cien Anos isn't the same as the old Hacienda Cien Anos:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/335752

          Or was that thread wrong?

          1. An update is long overdue. We ended up going to La Diferencia for dinner, and it worked out great. The food was definitely among the best sit-down Mexican food I've had, and everyone in our party was happy--even the vegetarians and the cheese-haters.

            My chicken with huitlacoche was good. The chicken itself was a little dry, and there wasn't all that much huitlacoche, but it was still quite tasty. Several in our party got chicken mole poblano. At least a couple had never had mole before, and this was a completely worthy introduction, if not the ultimate example of mole at its finest. The appetizers also looked delicious and the omnivores who ate them reported very positively (I don't eat pork, and the best apps almost all had pork).

            Aside from the food being good, service was also excellent. New drinks came faster than we could order them, and when we refused them, there were no protests from the waiters. Only one waiter really spoke any significant English, but between his English and the high school spanish of a few in our party, we had no problems ordering (even making it clear that there was no lard used in the cooking). Everyone at the restaurant was friendly and trying hard to please. They even ordered us taxis for the ride back downtown that came very quickly.

            Prices were reasonable by American standards, but not cheap, and I'm sure by Tijuana standards it's extremely expensive. We ended up spending about US$35 per person with a whole slew of appetizers for the table, everyone ordering an entree, and at least a few drinks per person. Everyone left stuffed and happy.

            Finally, as one member of our group pointed out: "This place was awesome. We had a really good meal in Mexico and nobody even got sick."

            A couple notes: one overly-excited (and maybe a little drunk) member of our group bought a Cuban cigar from the display by the door on our way out, and was pretty unhappy with what he got. Also, of the two cabs we took to get there, one had no problem finding it, but the other tried to take us to a place called "La Querencia" a few blocks down the street. It also turned out this driver was illiterate, so my printed directions from the restaurant's website were of no help. But the driver was very apologetic and kept asking people on the street until he found it.

            All in all, it was exactly what we were looking for and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a laid back high quality dinner in Tijuana who doesn't mind spending what you'd spend in the US for a decent meal. Thanks, ChowHound!