Food & Drink

The Ultimate Tijuana Dining Guide

Published On 08/17/2015 Published On 08/17/2015
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1. Mision 19 Misión San Javier 10643, Tijuana, 22010

Wander inside a corporate office tower and find Mision 19, where Chef Javier Plascencia is creating incredible dishes with notable Mexican flavors. You're going to want to try as many things as possible and we recommend doing just that by ordering a handful of appetizers and a glass (or two) of wine.

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2. El Taller Avenida Rio Yaqui 296, Tijuana, 22406

One of three restaurants from Miguel Angel Guerrero, this spot serves wood-fired pizzas that are topped with classic Baja toppings and a bit of Mediterranean influence. The space itself can only be described as machine-shop chic, with rusted tin wall sheeting and exposed beams, but the pizzas can be described as incredible, wonderful, delicious...

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3. La Justina Ave Revolucion 3ra y 4ta, Tijuana, 22046

The food might be good (and it really is), but the real show-stopper at this Zona Centro spot is the cocktails. The joint was designed by Snake Oil Cocktail Company, which is based in San Diego and aims to make cocktails a multi-sensory experience.

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4. Verde y Crema Orizaba 3034, Tijuana, 22020

This spot comes from chef Jair Tellez, who has established an upscale casual environment in Col. Neidhart. The menu is reminiscent of classic street foods, but is made with top notch, local ingredients -- in keeping with the overall philosophy of the restaurant.

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5. Teposnieves Blvd. Sánchez Taboada 10737, Tijuana, 22420

The house-made ice cream product at this spot is made with simple ingredients like milk, sugar, & honey and is more heavy and slushy than what you might be used to. But the flavors are really special, with unique varieties like spicy pineapple, lettuce, beet, and cactus.

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6. Caesar's Restaurant Bar Av Revolución 1079, Tijuana, 22000

This is the (disputed) birthplace of the now famous Caesar salad. It's named after the original owner, who was running low on food and threw ingredients together -- but now it's made tableside.

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7. Erizo Baja Fish House and Market Ave. Sonora 3808-2, Tijuana, 22020

This spot is putting the spotlight on local, fresh, seafood. Whatever's been caught off the coast that day is on the menu -- we recommend keeping it simple and ordering a fish taco.