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Javier Plascencia at El Take It Easy - March 5

DiningDiva turned me on to the talents of Javier Plascencia with a wonderful post about Mision 19 quite some time ago, and I have been creepily following his exploits since then.

Well, thanks to Jay and gang, Javier will be popping up at El Take It Easy in a few weeks. I'll definitely be going... hope to see some CHers there as well!

Details (taken from El's website) below:
We’re pleased to present one of our region’s most renowned chefs, cooking a dinner at El Take It Easy on Monday, March 5th. Chef Javier Plascencia will cook a 5 course meal, in which each course is a version of a dish from one of his Tijuana-based restaurants, which include Misión 19, Erizo Baja Fish House, Casa Plascencia, Villa Saverio’s, and Caesar’s.

We will be accepting reservations from 5pm to 11pm — it’s rolling seating. The dinner will be $40 for 5 courses, with drink pairings for $30 extra. The regular beverage menu will also be available. Due to the special nature of this event, our regular menu will not be available on this nite (nor will our Manhattan Monday menu).

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  1. Yep, already made our rezzies. We have dined at the new Caesars' in Tijuana twice, and made it to Misión 19 last October. Hitting Erizo next week. This is well worth the price of admission! And no 90-minute pedestrian border wait, right Dining Diva? ;D

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    1. re: foodiechick

      $40 is well worth the price of admission and NO 90 minute wait for the pedestrian crossing. That was enough to push me to submit my application for a SENTRI pass :-D.

      But seriously, Erizo is seriously good seafood, I'm not sure I'd wait 90 minutes again, but I would definitely cross the border for it.

      P.S. My reservation is made too

    2. That sounds fab...went on the ETIE website and maybe I need more coffee but couldn't find the menu (love if it was fish based)...did find a every Wednesday, 3 course Veggie dinner for $20...awesome!

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        BC, I didn't see the menu either. I think the web site just said he'd be doing a dish from each of five of their restaurants. Erizo will be seafood because that's all they do :-). I'd bet that they'll do the Caesar Salad from the Hotel Caesar. The others? who knows.

        You could call El Take it EZ and ask if there will be a vegetarian, or non-red meat option, for the courses that are meat.

      2. Already booked at 7, so if you spot me you may throw food in my general dye-rection.

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        1. re: Fake Name

          Oh well...guess we'll go another time..
          ; )

        2. My party of 4 is very much looking forward to this evening. Not knowing what will be served is fine with me because I like surprises.

          On a related topic, Le Cirque recently announced they are doing a travelling Pop-Up dinner series in 10 cities, and San Diego is one of them. Will take place on May 11, at The University Club and is $150pp.

          http://www.clubcorp.com/About-ClubCor...

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          1. re: hungerpane

            $150 is REALLY steep for a 3 course meal even with wine pairing....

            1. re: karaethon

              You forgot the great book which is included in the price - but yes it is way overpriced

              1. re: honkman

                LOL...you beat me to it. I was going to mention the book. I'm guessing it must be a coffee table book worth worth about $50.

                1. re: hungerpane

                  No, it is a memoir available as paperback for $20-30.

          2. Eh, I wish I saw this post earlier. I'm on the waiting list unless I want to make reservations at 10:00 pm.

            For those of you who have been to Mision 19, do you remember the cost of the tasting menu or app/entrees? They don't have any prices listed on their website.

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            1. re: alcoholic29

              I've been twice and both times it's been quite reasonable.

              The first time there were 8 of us and between us we had:
              8 cocktails
              5 glasses of wine
              9 appetizers (one person had 2 apps and no entree)
              7 entrees
              4 or 5 desserts
              5 coffees
              The total bill for all of this, including tax and a very generous tip (probably 20% or more) was $60 per person. Portion sizes are not supersized, but neither are they precious and petite little morsels. We all left full and satisfied.

              The second meal there were only 3 of us. We had
              3 cocktails
              1 bottle of wine
              3 appetizers
              3 entrees
              I don't recall if we had dessert and coffee or not, I tend to think we didn't.
              The total cost on this meal was under $40 per person but a significant portion of that went towards the bottle of wine which was not an inexpensive bottle.

              For the quality of the food, ambience and level of service, this is one of the best values for the dollar around. I just wish the border wait wasn't so daunting, or I'd go more often.

              1. re: alcoholic29

                Mision 19 is very reasonable for the quality and creativity of their food. I think I paid something like $50 for 3 courses, incl tip. no ETOH. I was pretty blown away by how cheap it was.

                1. re: daantaat

                  ETOH? That's a new one for me. Please translate?

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    No EtOH - no ethanol - drinks not included

                      1. re: honkman

                        Okay, I guess I'm officially old :-), I would never have guessed that in a million years

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          it's not a "new" abbreviation, in other words, it existed before texting. but one that may not be familiar to those who aren't in the scientific/medical world all the time.

                  2. re: alcoholic29

                    My boyfriend and I endured the 8 course tasting this past weekend for a belated Valentine's day dinner. It cost $70/person, and with a couple rounds of cocktail and tip, the bill came out to about $200USD even.

                    1. re: mom jeans

                      "Endured" implies it wasn't pleasant - did you dislike the meal?

                      1. re: shouzen

                        Sorry, that word choice was probably a little too severe. In my head, it sounded more joking/slightly sarcastic :) The meal was among the best of my life, but I was definitely feeling stuffed near the end. Overall, the experience was amazing, one I wouldn't trade for anything, and all of the dishes were well executed and delicious. Next time, I'd just opt for a shorter tasting or just order from the menu.

                        1. re: mom jeans

                          MJ, that's one of the reasons I tend to order from the menu as opposed to doing tasting menus. Even with smaller portions on the tasting menus I tend to get too full before the last few courses