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“La Especial - Best tacos you will ever eat”
Review of Cafe La Especial

Cafe La Especial
Ranked #71 of 693 Restaurants in Tijuana
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

I've been a customer at La Especial since I was a 7 year old boy in 1956...when they used to be located below Revolucion Ave in an arcade. Although some items on the menu seem to have gone downhill in preparation, their tacos are still the most amazing...a blend of finely shredded beef and potato wrapped in double corn tortillas, steamed and just slightly oily...their zahanoria are the best anywhere, and their salsa is too...all unchanged since the 50s. They add some fresh radish and green onion and it is the perfect taco. They are still owned by the same family and the service is always stellar. I cannot recommend any traditional Mexican restaurant more highly than La Especial. If you really like American versions of Mexican food, drowning in cheese, you may not like this...it is a true Mexican flavor that is quite different from the Americanized version...everyone we've ever taken agrees that La Especial is better than the best they've ever had!

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

This is a Tijuana Iconic restaurant. It started at the Historic Revolution avenue. The new place is very nice and kinda rustic.
We go here for breakfast mainly and all the food is very good with large portions. All the sauces, beans and rice are really good. The most traditional plate at this restaurant are the "tacos al vapor" (steam heated tacos).
The restaurant is very easy to get to. Just be patience if you go on a Sunday after 10:00 am; the place is packed.

Thank Arturo S
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

This restaurant is the one thing I wish I could bring back to the states. The food is incredible. They also have this bean broth that will make your heart sing. GO HERE!

Thank Madeline M
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Stopped by to get a hearty, inexpensive lunch for our family while we were visiting TJ for the day, and we made the right choice. The tamales are a delight. The place has a nice cozy atmosphere, and the service was really good too.

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Thank DaniaZahir
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Soooo good. A local turned us on to this place and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere, the food, the service and everything in between. Authentic Mexican food with lots of flavor and very reasonable.
4 of us ate for $28 US$.

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Thank goofynat
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