Every year San Diego CityBeat posts its guide to summer activities. This year’s theme was all “about embracing some of the more iconic and well-known places San Diego has become known for” and, more particularly, things we’d always wanted to do but hadn’t. I, perhaps not surprisingly, chose to go south of the border:
The zonkeys and free margaritas are but two examples of clichéd reasons to visit Avenida Revolución in Tijuana. But the best reason to hit La Revu is for the Caesar’s salad at the place it was invented: Caesar’s Restaurante Bar (Revolución at 5th). I’d wanted to go for decades and, in December, I finally got there. It felt like the end of a minor quest, and I take such pleasure in reporting that it was glorious. From the show of the salad being prepared tableside on an elaborate service cart, to the care in building it backwards, step-by-step: dressing first, then each ingredient whisked together seriatim before whole romaine boats were tossed in that dressing and garnished with a single garlicky crouton. It’s a cliché that’s justified by how damned good the thing itself really is.