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Are there any good eats in TJ?

carln Apr 17, 2007 10:33 AM

I have a place in SD and often cross the border to TJ. Are there any restaurants down there that you recommend? Obviously mexican restaurants are top of the list, but it doesnt have to be limited to mexican.


  1. buenacomida Apr 30, 2007 04:16 PM

    There are several places that I've read good things about - all are located in the Zona Rio of TJ.

    El Potrero (Have actually eaten here several times. Their Molcajete Potrero is a MUST try!)
    La Espadana (Nice ambience, fabulous grilled meats & seafood)
    Villa Saverios (Italian)
    Laja (alta cocina - Guadalupe Valley)
    La Casa del Mole Poblano (fantastic mole dishes)
    Cheripan (Argentinean cusine; tapas; wine)
    Rincon San Roman (Mexican-French fusion) On the Tijuana-Ensenada Hwy (few miles away from center of TJ, but not far).

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    1. re: buenacomida
      Eat_Nopal Apr 30, 2007 04:47 PM

      There is also a little place... almost never mentioned, right in Plaza Rio Tijuana called Antojitos Poblanos that has some very tasty Moles, Soups & other dishes, very reasonably priced.

    2. Gypsy Jan Apr 26, 2007 09:52 PM

      In TJ, La Querencia (reviewed in the NY Times).

      In the Guadalupe Valley on Hwy 3, the destination restaurants are Laja and Adobe Guadalupe, but you must make reservations.

      1. ibstatguy Apr 17, 2007 05:13 PM

        la diferencia; cien anos; can't recall the name of it but look into the small place in valle guadalupe

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        1. re: ibstatguy
          cristina Apr 17, 2007 07:59 PM

          The place in Valle de Guadalupe is called Laja. There are other posts about it on this board.

          If you're in the mood for the world's best tacos, go to Tacos El Güero on Blvd Aguascalientes. Truly, truly, you will bow down in awe.

          1. re: cristina
            ibstatguy Apr 17, 2007 08:17 PM

            Laja! thx. although its been a while since I've visited, how about carnitas uruapan?

            1. re: ibstatguy
              cristina Apr 17, 2007 09:34 PM

              Like you, I haven't visited Carnitas Uruapan for a while--too long to make a recommendation. One of the San Diego crowd will probably come over here and post something, though.

              1. re: cristina
                mangiatore Apr 19, 2007 01:58 PM

                I was at Uruapan last year. It's still legit.

                I think Cien Años is a scam. All show, no substance. I haven't been to any of the other high-end places in TJ, but for my money the best food is the al pastor tacos you can get at any taco stand. There isn't one place that truly replicates them in San Diego. Cantina de los Remedios also has good food. Try one of their piping-hot molcajetes, for example.

                Manzanilla (Ensenada) is spectacular -- the best food I've had in the Northern Baja-San Diego area. I haven't been to Laja yet but plan to soon.

                1. re: mangiatore
                  ibstatguy Apr 19, 2007 04:08 PM

                  gotta say that I had an excellent lunch there a couple of months ago. it may have helped that I was with a friend from LA Cetto who was quite friendly with the owner and the chef. we ended up doing a chef's tasting type of off the menu thing. brought my own wine which I tend to do when going to TJ for such a meal.

                  1. re: ibstatguy
                    mangiatore Apr 20, 2007 08:18 AM

                    Good call on bringing your own wine. Although I love visiting the Baja wineries, with a few exceptions the wine is pretty bad.

                    Where did you have the good lunch?

                  2. re: mangiatore
                    cefaz Jun 26, 2007 12:20 PM

                    Manzanilla is AMAZING.

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