The quality of food you’ll find in Mexico is an experience worth the travel. There are 2 restaurants we wanted to share with you by Michelin Star Chef, Javier Plascencia.
They are a must-visit. Great for a Girls’ Trip or perfect Date Night if you ever visit San Diego.
1. Finca Altozano – Valle De Guadalupe:
Read this helpful review of Finca Altozano: “One of Mexican celebrity chef Javier Plascencia restaurants, Finca Altozano is a trendy oasis seemingly in the middle of nowhere. With its open dining space, it’s a place not only to enjoy excellent food, wine, and scenic views…. (read more).
Our very own video tells you a bit more and is an exclusive interview we wanted to share with you.
2. Mission 19 – Tijuana:
The New York Times published an article on this restaurant. That’s saying something. Not to mention, it is extremely close to San Diego, being in the heart of Tijuana.
“NO matter where you sit in Mision 19, it’s impossible to forget where you are. The restaurant, perched on the second floor of a sleek office building, is a handsome study in concrete, wood and glass, wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows. Tijuana confronts you from all sides.
“I am proud of being from Tijuana,” said Javier Plascencia, the restaurant’s chef and one of its owners, sitting behind a wall of wine bottles at his private chef’s table. Nearby, waiters in dark coats and ties gracefully maneuvered among tables of women in suits and men with sweaters tied over their shoulders. Hints of cologne mixed with musky wafts of mesquite and charcoal.
“I want there to be no mistake,” he continued. “This is a Tijuana restaurant. This is what Tijuana can be.”
Mr. Plascencia is determined to use Mision 19, which he opened in the heart of this city’s Zona Río business district in January, to help revitalize not only Tijuana’s food scene, but also the city itself….(read more).
Tips on Cross-Border Travel:
Either drive across the border from San Diego in your own car.
Or, better, cross the Walking Bridge at San Ysidro and hire a driver to drive you there. What driver? Ask around to friends of friends and find out anyone they trust and was a good driver for them. Word-of-mouth on this one is the best. This article gives a good overview of the different routes of transportation to cross the border. But if you want to walk, this article is full of tips.
Note: If you’re staying a few days and feel comfortable driving, you can get a Rental Car through Enterprise. But, if you do get a rental car make sure that you cross the walking bridge at San Ysidro and have the Enterprise Car Rental of Tijuana pick you up from San Ysdiro. You cannot get into the Enterprise of Tijuana through the Tijuana Airport without showing a plane ticket. Hence, if you rent a Car – get picked up at San Ysidro. And make sure to buy full car insurance. It’s worth it.
And… Girls, wouldn’t recommend traveling solo with a rental car if you don’t have a male with you. Valle de Guadalupe feels safe and beautiful, but getting there takes 1.5 hours and Tijuana is not a place you want to be alone during the night.
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