Los 11 mejores restaurantes de Tijuana

Abadía de Senanque en Provenza con campos de lavanda

En las décadas de 1920 y 1930, antes de que Las Vegas cimentara su reputación de Ciudad del pecado, Tijuana era el lugar de recreo para adultos elegido por las celebridades de la época (Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow y Clark Gable) y los estadounidenses con recursos económicos. La prohibición y las leyes estrictas que prohíben o limitan severamente el juego, la prostitución y las carreras de caballos enviaron a los buscadores de emociones al sur para disfrutar de los casinos, pistas, complejos turísticos, el barrio rojo y los restaurantes elegantes de la ciudad mexicana.

Then political upheaval, corrupt cops, cartel crimes, and a whole lot of bad press—coupled with Vegas’ development and the 21st Amendment—ended that golden age of tourism until recently. Tijuana, the largest city in Baja California and the busiest land-border crossing in the world, is back: The growing food scene, craft beer revolution, and nearby wine country has hungry and thirsty visitors returning for a taste. The following restaurants should be their first stops.

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Misión 19

Javier P
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Address
2, VIA Corporativo, Misión de San Javier 10643, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
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Phone +52 664 634 2493
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There is no more influential a person in Tijuana’s quest for culinary respect than Chef Javier Plascencia, whose family has been in the biz for four generations. Often credited with kickstarting the Baja Med genre, this is his farm-and-sea-to-table flagship. Here he combines elements of street food, traditional family fare, modern techniques, ingredients found within 125 miles of the restaurant, and fine dining service. Various tasting menus including M19 classics (Bluefin tuna parfait and suckling pig roast with corn crêpes) and vegan dishes (chayote aguachiles and duxelle tamale) means there’s something to please everyone. There are plenty of seasonal à la carte options if you aren’t looking to commit to such a grand occasion.

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Capital Oryx