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  • Taco Juniors: Where great quality does not have to be expensive

    by TJresident Written Nov 13, 2013

    Taco Juniors is located on the corner of 10th street and Ocampo. They serve the best shrimp tacos. Everything they sell is good really. They are not expensive and the quality is great. It is a very clean and the service is quick and many of the employees speak english.

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  • Beefcake: The Perfect Burger

    by Arqaaron Written Sep 24, 2012

    Great all-American burger in Mexico??
    I would have to say a resounding YES!!
    This little hole in the wall restaurant in the 5y10 neighborhood of Tijuana call BEEFCAKE (fun word play... it has burgers and pastries) grinds its own beef daily has a local panaderia custom bake their buns and all the fresh garnishes to boot. I guess what is best about this place is the owner/chef just has a creative mind of coming up with hamburger ingredients, with just a touch of Mexican. They have the guacamole burger with fresh made chunky guacamole and fresh grilled jalapeño chiles on a 1/3 lb. patty with a great chipotle sauce. I had that with "Nacho Papas", french fries topped with real cheese sauce (not that plasticky guuu) and chiles en vinagre.

    The place is really nice design, kind of modern/industrial look with local artist work displayed on the walls for sale. Pop music videos play at the right volumn so you can still have a conversation. Employees are very nice and helpful... as long as you know a minimal in Spanish. This is a place where Mexicans hang out, not tourists which makes it fun just to do people watching.

    Favorite Dish: I totally love the nacho papas, but I would have to say my favorite food there are the cupcakes. They don't have the regular cupcake flavors, rather a full selection of cupcakes based on cocktails. I especially love the Piña Colada Cupcakes with Pineapple cake topped with a coconut-rum frosting and sprinkles of coconut on top. But even more decadent is the Mudslide Cupcake - mocha cake topped with a Baileys-Kahlua frosting and vodka chocolate ganache drizzled over.

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    Senor Maguey: Terraced Patio Dining

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    There are more restaurants along Avenida Revolucion than you can imagine. Never far from a meal or a drink. Most places are, a restaurant by day and a raging night club by night. Making a choice, from one to the other, is the most difficult. The standard test is to see how busy a place is--the busier, the better.

    However, considering that on Revolucion most people are tourist, haven't a clue where to eat and are often times scared to death at the idea of "Montezuma's Revenge," that test doesn't really work here.

    As for night time activity, Senor Maguey's Cantina & Mucho Party offers dancing, pool tables and a basket ball court.

    Favorite Dish: I haven't eaten at Senor Maguey's but would choose this place over many of the others in the surrounding area. My choice would be based on the fact that they offer patio dining overlooking Revolucion and if the food wasn't delicious, at least the scene below would be interesting and no matter what, the Margaritas would be strong and made the way I like them--Mexican style--no ice, sweet with the taste of lime and plenty of Tequila!

    Terraced Patio Dining Overlooking Revolucion
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    Cafe Francais La Belle Claude: French Food Mexican Style!

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    Near the Jai Lai Palace, this cozy little place quietly stood and beckoned me in. Of course it isn't a real French cafe, however the owners have done everything possible to give the feel of relaxed isolation in the sea of humanity which pass by on Avenida Revolucion.

    The owners, the parents of La Belle Claude, have a farm outside of Tijuana and make their own jams and cheeses which are nicely displayed on the shelves. Foot traffic along the sidewalk, cloistered with a small fence and lovely trees in front of this cafe, is sparse. This is just the place to sit and relax with a coffee and pastry. The adjacent dining room, Nica-Oh Steakhouse, offers fresh Angus beef for a more filling meal if that is your desire.

    Update:

    Nica-Oh has closed. The good news is that La Belle Claude is still open and serving.



    Favorite Dish: A sweet pastry and a Cuban coffee! The jus de veau lié, something like a French-dip sandwich, was really good too.

    A Respite from the hustle and bustle
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    Club AnimalE: More Terrace Dining

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    Though I've never eaten here I would try it out myself--not for the nightclub--for a meal. The upstairs, open air dining looks interesting and it was full of people. I do know that was because Club AnimalE happens to be closer to Calle 1 where walking tourist emerge from the Plaza Viva Tijuana--the pedestrian route from the border to downtown--but it still looks like an interesting place to try.

    Favorite Dish: I would look at the plates of the other diners and see what looked good to me and order that. Most Mexican food in the tourist areas is toned down a bit for the palate of those not used to heavy spices so you may find the flavor bland. Just add hot sauce and all should taste fine.

    Spiderman Recommends Club AnimalE!
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    Mr. Tequila: Looks Promising

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    This is an untried restaurant for me but it looked interesting and had I not had lunch already, I would have stopped here to try it out.

    It is located near the USA / Mexican border in the newest tourist shopping area, Plaza Viva Tijuana. I liked the patio dining section and the trees surrounding it. The view from the restaurant is of the Plaza Square and I imagine that it would be especially festive in the evenings. Mariachi music from a neighboring restaurant fills the square and sets the mood.

    Favorite Dish: As with most restaurants, they serve Mexican food and have a full service bar, but what might be most useful is the fact that they serve breakfast. Plan your walking tour to Tijuana early, miss the crowds and start things off with Huevos Rancheros or my favorite, eggs, chorizo, beans and tortillas!

    After I get a chance to stop here for a drink or a meal I will expand on this suggestion. Until then why not try it for yourself?

    With a View to the Square
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    Tilly's Fifth Avenue: An Old Favorite!

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 29, 2012

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    This is a wondrful place to have a lunch or even just a drink in peace. During the day it is not as busy as other places closer to the border, not because the food isn't good, rather because most tourists don't make it up this far on Revolution before eating at another restaurant. This is a safe and fun place to party at night also.

    Favorite Dish: What to order?

    To start, Tilly's Cheese. A choice between Mushroom or Chorizo, I suggest the Chorizo. This dish is something like fondu and the chorizo adds a nice flavor and a bit of spice. When I'm really hungry, I order a Cesar Salad and Chicken Fajitas.

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    La Cantina de los Remedios: RIP Guadalajara Grill!

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 29, 2012

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    The Guadalajara Grill is first on my list of restaurant suggestions. It isn't much to look at from the outside but it is fascinating inside. Like being in a small village plaza. One wall is the wooden doors to the cathedral, another wall is a veranda and above you'll see clothes hanging from the second story window. The ceiling is black and it 'feels' as if you're outside. The servers are accommodating and sometimes goofy, like when they bring a bottle of mustard to your table and "accidentally" squirt it all over your clothes. Of course, it is only a trick bottle and the mustard is not real but it usually brings laughs to all your guests.

    Update:

    The decline of the economy took down with it the Guadalajara Grill.

    Resurrected in it's place is La Cantina de los Remedios. Changes in decor, menu and entertainment have been made. The location is the same and it seems that this is still a local favorite.

    I haven't tried it yet but from what I've heard it is a more subdued expreience and not too expansive.

    Mexican eating hours are a bit later than those in the USA, so most restaurants outside the tourist areas, such as the La Cantina de los Remedios, may be almost empty when you arrive, however, that isn't so bad, as it means you'll get even more attention by the waiters.

    Favorite Dish: Mil Ocho Cientos (1800) Shooters, Margaritas, Chicken Fajitas, which are the best served anywhere--IMO, Margaritas, Crepes for dessert, which will be prepared at the table and a Mexican Coffee (Khalua, Tequila in strong coffee, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.) Also prepared at the table including a great blue stream of fire when the tequila is lit by a match.

    The new menu hasn't the typical "Combo-plates," rather everything is offered ale-carte or a fixed menu which I've been told is a good deal.

    This was it!
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    Elementos: Excellent CHEF

    by juliogg Written Oct 9, 2011

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    The food was great. This place is only 3 months old and is one of the BEST in town. Located in a high end area close to the In town Golf course, this is a must eat destination. The chef is "Jose Antonio Santollo" with world wide experience. With "Molecular " ideas in his experience (from Bullie's from Spain) his cuisen is unique to TJ.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Osobuco and it was mouthwaterningly delicious. Served in a sauce that just melted in your mouth. You must try this dish. My wife had the 5 course meal that defies explanation.

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  • Ceibo: Best Steakhouse in Tijuana!

    by dgtoro Written Aug 6, 2011

    The restaurant is located in the "Restaurant District" where all the good restaurants are. The food is amazing! Many appetizers to choose from, meat (from angus steaks to lamb chops), seafood, salads, a very well balanced wine list and full bar! The ambiance is really nice, very modern yet cozy. The service is excellent! The owner and his wife are always there to make sure you are having a good experience. It was packed with nice people, everyone was having a very good time! Excellent place to go for a romantic dinner on the evenings and family friendly during the day. Open EVERY DAY from 1pm.

    Favorite Dish: Lamb chops and the half pound hamburger

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    Mariscos Las Playas/Pescaderia La Playita: budget mexican seafood dishes

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    cheap hole in the wall mexican seafood mariscos stand and mini seafood market near the avenida de revolucion area. there are lots of these small seafood market and mini street stalls in tijuana but not as numerous as the street food stalls obviously since sea food are a more expensive dining experiance. what they sell here are fresh and frozen goodies from the sea and among their specialties are seafoods like those found in ensenada. Examples are the standard fish taco de mariscos, they also offer other kinds of tacos like the camaron tacos (shrimp tacos), pulpo tacos (octopus), scallop tacos (ostion) , almeja (clam tacos) and other seafood goodies like pata de mula ( a kind of mangrove shell clam) and others.

    Favorite Dish: try to eat in one of these streetside seafood stalls and be adventurous enough! the price starts from 15 mexican pesos for a fish taco to 25 mexican pesos for the pata de mula, try it!

    the stall
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  • El Takerito: Authentic Mexican Tacos

    by siulef Written Nov 4, 2009

    It is located on a very crowded street, so there is a lot of noise, which, I think, complements the overall experience. It is authentic and only locals go to it, so you can expect very good real Mexican tacos there. In overall it is very clean and hygienic, something not so common in many other "taco shops/stands".

    Favorite Dish: Mulitas are great. It is a kind of sandwich made out of wheat flour tortillas, filld with cheese and the meat of your choice. My favourite is asada (beef meat cook on the griddle and then chopped).

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    Paellas, Tortas e Tacos

    by georeiser Updated Jun 18, 2009

    It's easy to stop the car and have a dinner at many of the small cafes in Tijuana. The place on the photo had painted "Paellas, Tortas and Tacos" on the wall. I don't know the name of the place...

    Favorite Dish: Mexico is famous for it's cuisine. I like the simple way of making hot and good meat. Paellas, Tortas and Tacos!

    Paellas, Tortas e Tacos in Tijuana
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  • Italianissimo: Italianissimo - Real italian food

    by Ant2009 Written May 29, 2009

    I have been many times at restaurant Italianissimo. It’s the only real Italian restaurant in Tijuana; the chef/owner is from Italy and when you are inside you feel like you are in Italy.
    I like the service, very professional but the plus there is the food, just great!!!!! Thank you Italianissimo!!!!!!

    Favorite Dish: Pizza is excellent expecially because I like thin pizza, like in Italy. And pasta of course, not like Carino's or Olive Garden.
    My favorite pasta is Rigatoni alla Buttera, delicious!!

    Italianissimo Inside the restaurant
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    Most Restaurants on Revolution: Happy Hour all the Time!!!

    by toddakiyama Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    *Many of the restaurants on Revolution had an ongoing happy hour special.

    *Many of the places we visited offered 2 beers for the price of 1

    *If a restaurant worker asks you to come eat/drink at their restaurant, if interested always ask "Do you have any specials" or "Do you offer 2 beers for the price of 1"

    *If they don't give you a good enough deal start walking away...often they will shout out a better deal.

    *And even the places that didn't have 2 for 1, had great prices for a single beer

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