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La Especial: Authenic Mexican

Clean restaurant, safe, attentive service, took credit and understood English. Mariachi musicians playing. Tremendous portions of authentic food, just delicious. "A family tradition in Tijuana" Since July 1952 with their famous tacos steam and rich roasts. Excellent service and a very special atmosphere, grilled meats, roast beef with chile relleno, roast chicken grilled meats, roast With stuffed chili peppers, roast beef with chicken enchiladas, beef Milanese / breaded beef steak, steak ranchero, marinated pork, enchiladas, breaded beef, steak ranchero, marinated pork. Included in this broth, beans, potatoes and coffee. The mariachi music played and the restaurant was full of tourists and Mexian families.

Favorite Dish Traditional Mexican combo with huge portions & tremendous frozen margaritas.

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Jun 19, 2015

La Especial: Good family restaurant

We discovered this place by accident. we were walking on Av Revolucion and decided to go down a small alleyway. The stairs led us down to more shops and restaurants. Alexis decided she needed to go to the restroom so we decided to go into the restaurant, eat something and at least we were somewhwere clean. When the security guard at the door opened the door for us we were surprised at how big the restaurant was inside.
The staff was incredibly friendly, the service was good and the food was super good and inexpensive.
We had the sopes with ground beef and a few with shredded beef. What out for the salsa because it is super hot. The food was very authentic, the restaurant was very clean and decorated very nicely. it isnt a five star restaurant but its good food for a reasonable price. We also were there with the kids and they loved the food as well. As with most of Mexico. children are not a bother and are welcomed.
While we were here we saw many large groups together. It looked like a place where people would go to celebrate a birthday or a special event.

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Sep 04, 2006

La Especial: Decent Tacos

For decent shredded beef tacos head to La Especial located on Avenida Revolucion and 4th. It's got a taco stand outside which I prefer to the restaurant which is located down some steps in the arcade.

Favorite Dish The tacos are decent. Greasy in a decadent sort of way. The tortillas are to die for. Homemade, apparently. The salsa is a little strange for me since it isn't tomato based.

Feb 16, 2006

La Especial: Cheap, Off the street...and VERY Mexican

This is a good quick intro to traditional Mexican decor and ambience, with great food at reasonable prices and often with live music. You have to look carefully for the yellow sign in front of the Hotel Lafayette on the East side of Revu just south of Third, then go down the stairs into an interesting little 'subterranean' mall of small shops, but it's well worth it. It's turned a bit touristy in recent years, but locals still like it and recommend it.

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Apr 14, 2005
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Getting to La Especial


Avenida Revolución 718


  • Sunday 08:00 to 22:00
  • Monday 08:00 to 22:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 to 22:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 to 22:00
  • Thursday 08:00 to 22:00
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