I have been living in Baja for 7 years and I had not tried Caesar’s Tijuana until last night. What is wrong with me???
Easy valet parking(40 pesos) is available on Av Revolucion at Caesar’s entrance.
Because it was a warm evening at 6PM, we decided to dine on the patio and watch the Tijuana locals walk by on the famous Avenida Revolucion. Staff greeted, seated us and started us with TJ Beer on tap.
Menus are printed in Spanish and English. Caesar’s appetizer/tapas menu is extensive. Bread and a tapinade mix is served right away. I’m not a huge bread fan, but, when restaurants create their own butters, salsas and spreads, I’m all in. The olives, garlic, peppers and parsley were welcome, because I had not eaten since 11AM.
We started with red peppers stuffed with crabmeat and topped with a cream basil sauce. Presentation was beautiful and the flavor combination was new to me. Same dish comes with a salmon alternative on the menu.
Next up were the steamed mussels. Approx 12 of the little shells are served in a metal bowl with a chipotle and bouillabaisse sauce. I would not order this dish again, because the mussels meat was small and difficult to extract from the shells. But, the sauce demanded that we keep dipping bread in it. When our server asked to remove the mussel sauce bowl, he almost lost his arm.
We browsed the wine list, that included the usual suspects from the Valle de Guadalupe, but, were satisfied with our TJ beers.
Our final course was the famous Caesar’s salad. Our young server(eye candy for the girls) explained all of the ingredients as he progressed through the mix in the big wooden bowl. Half of the fun is the table-side preparation. They publish the recipe on Caesar’s website. This was the best Caesar I have had since my last visit to the Brown Palace in Denver. Another hunk of bread mopped up the remaining dressing after the romaine lettuce had disappeared.
We were not over-stuffed, but, pleasantly satisfied with splitting the 3 courses and bread . Food, beverages, tip plus valet totaled 410 pesos = $32USD. Gadzooks, that is a value meal. Next time, I’ll stay longer and try a more extensive tour of Caesar’s flavors.
By rumor or legend or fact, the old Caesar’s closed due to tax problems, revenue problems or employing professional females without the proper licensing problems. The new Caesar’s looks like it will be around for a while.
There are several new restaurants in Tijuana, but, I was thrilled to be treated to this landmark and treasure. You gotta go!