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Announcing the Launch of "Tijuana Sí!" Our New Column Focusing on Baja California's Food Scene!

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Oh, the wonders you'll find!

As someone who has known the great side of Tijuana all his life--the mercados, the mariscos, the street vendors, the todo--it's given me great pleasure to see that the world is finally realizing what a gastronomic wonderworld Baja California is, from the Baja Med chefs to San Felipe, from Kentucky Fried Buches to everything, that there is more to Baja than overpriced lobster dinners and tequila attacks. Because of that, I've encouraged Dave and Niyaz to blog about their Tijuana experiences, because it's basically on our front door and because their findings are always drool-inducing.

Then it got me thinking: why not include my amigo, Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA, America's best chronicler of Mexican food in Mexico, who has led all sorts of gabachos and pochos into Baja to discover the scene, in our coverage? And thus, I'm thrilled as hell to announce the debut of our new weekly column, Tijuana Sí!

We're going to publish it every Thursday, with dispatches from Bill, Dave, Niyaz, and me (once in a while) about Baja California's food scene: singular dishes, restaurant reviews, photo essays, obsessions over a mercado stall, interviews with chefs, olive oil, wine, beer, EVERYTHING. By doing so, we hope to entice ustedes gentle readers into visiting Tijuana, into realizing it's a magnificent city ready to open itself to the world again, except with great food instead of donkey shows.

And for the inevitable haters who'll rant on and on about corrupt federales, beheadings, and the like? I direct you to the inspiration behind the column's name, the legendary rock en español outfit, Tijuana No!, and specifically this song:


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Carla White
Carla White

You've got it right...this is where food is really happening!  Top chefs, freshest ingredients, cool approaches.  TJ is an international city and that's totally reflected in its cuisine.  Tell you what...from sopes, to tacos, to tapas, to eight-course gastro-nomical extravaganzas, you can find it all.  Yeah, there's that pesky border crossing, but it is so worth it...

Grisbail
Grisbail

Awesome information of what to try and where to go.What about while table linen restaurants?Any good ones in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada?

Marco A. Perez
Marco A. Perez

Great news for Tijuana an for foodies, I am always more than happy to show you great placeses to visit. 

Miguel Rey
Miguel Rey

Nice comment about "overpriced lobster dinners" !  There are some good deals at excellent restaurants but on the flip side there are also many overpriced restaurants compared to San Diego prices!  Strange economics in TJ.

The Romeros
The Romeros

Check out Tripadvisor.com  it has reviews from patrons all the restaurants worth visiting.  Most of the reviews are very helpful.

Chuy Nomas
Chuy Nomas

OChingon Weekly!!! Looking forward to all the adventures

Baja By Bus
Baja By Bus

Excellent stuff - we'll be following this column with great enthusiasm! :-)

daniel morales
daniel morales

Awesome! Good stuff! Like I said, hit me up when you're down here man. More than happy to show the other parts of TJ!

Jmcguinness
Jmcguinness

Will this be all of Baja, or just Baja Norte?

Bill Esparza
Bill Esparza

 I've traveled the entire peninsula several times. The OC Weekly has got your back from Tijuana to Cabo.

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

Good to have you on board Bill.  Love your blog. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

All of Baja, although el Norte a bit more for the obvious proximity...

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Of course, if our mero-mero editero wants to front the airfare to, say, Loreto, I wouldn't say no...

LAwonders
LAwonders

The airline I work for is offering RT airfare from LAX, PLUS a week stay in Loreto starting at $449pp. http://www.caljetair.com/loret...

Also, if you have any places worth checking out in that area, I'd love to pass it along to my passangers.

Hugo Araiza
Hugo Araiza

You must visit Sotano Suizo, Anthony Bourdain was there ! eating

Renata
Renata

You really must try it, the had the best hot dogs & beer clamatos.

Kenn Morris
Kenn Morris

Great idea, Gustavo - and looking forward to the upcoming columns (and to talking Bill into drinking some tequila with me down in Tijuana soon!).  Saludos y suerte!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Looking forward to getting some leads on new places to go.  I've been stuck on El Negro Durazo and Los Arcos for too long.  Chief complaint is they both serve tequila I can buy here.  Help me find a place with some good tequila that isn't made by Sammy Hagar or some other gringo. 

daniel morales
daniel morales

Hit up Jacas's Tequilería and Tapas. It's in the new shopping center Galerías Hipodromo. The food is ok but they have a more extensive list of tequilas to choose from.

Theresa Cisneros Ocr
Theresa Cisneros Ocr

Awesome! Hope they venture down to Rosarito for Tacos Yaqui - best tacos I have ever had! http://www.facebook.com/pages/...

Smclain626
Smclain626

There were a couple of tacos Yaqui in Rosarito. The origional place with the cartoon charaters painted on rocks and large wood tree stumps is gone. I don't know where it went, but I miss them. There is one across the street from the origional and the tacos aren't bad, just not the same. Theresa if you know where the origional Yaqui taco stand is please let me know.

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