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Jul 8, 2014 12:52 AM

Caesar Salad (in San Diego)

So San Diego's favorite fish monger asked for suggestions about this today on Facebook and got a variety of answers. My favorite is the authentic experience at Caesar's in Tijuana, but that doesn't fit the description of "in San Diego". I offered the suggestion of Romesco's since Javier Plascencia's family now owns Caesar's. I think the salad at both of these places is as good as the server that makes it, and they all have a heavy or lighter hand with certain ingredients. What is your fav place in our city for this somewhat local specialty?

p.s. FN - local, upscale, Mexican restaurants that only offer it as a rare Chef's special do not count. ;)

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  1. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

    I had the Romescos version last week, and liked it very much- indeed similar to the TJ version, but minus the theatrics.

    However non-authentic, I like fish on mine, so m still looking.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Maybe, but I also think that whole "special" thing is silliness personified. ;)

      1. re: Fake Name

        Had a lovely version at La Villa today. A bit on the small side, but perfectly dressed...with bait.

      2. Besides Romesco's, Whiskenlade and Prep Kitchen put out a darn good caeasar salad...and the owner is also from Mexico.

        1. ยกHola Chica!
          Table side Caesar at the Marine Room is quite good...wish Chef B. would get it together on the dinner menu..weird pairings..IMO, don't work.

          Baci's is lovely and Manhattan's of La Jolla too.

          Concur that the Caesar at the beloved hotel in TJ is fab...if you're in Cabo, the best I've had was table side at Romeo y Julieta's..sublime.

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Had the Manhattan version a couple of weeks ago. Solid.

            Marine Room was a very popular reply to the FB query. Can we really just go to the Marine Room and only order the Caesar salad? Because "just no" on the rest of that menu.

          2. Extraordinary Desserts.
            No tableside presentation, but well worth the $11 they charge for it. Anchovies, too. And more if you ask nicely. No extra charge.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Wow, good to know. Will have to give it a whirl.

            2. had a caesar at Blue Ribbon Pizza in Encinitas last night...though not the original Mexican version, I thought it was quite good (no anchovies).