In July 2013, I wrote, “the best restaurant in our region may not be in San Diego… it may not even be in this country.” At that time, I was referring to Javier Plascencia’s Misión 19 in Tijuana.
Now, though, it may not even be the best restaurant in Plascencia’s empire. And this is not because of any failings at Misión 19. It’s because Plascencia’s Valle de Guadalupe restaurant, Animalón (Carretera Tecate-Ensenada Km 83, 22750 Valle de Guadalupe) captures the essence of the Cali-Baja dining style better than any other restaurant.
Meals at Animalón are outdoors, under the protecting arbor of a 200-year-old live oak and on a section of the Casa Magoni vineyard that Animalón shares with Finca Altozano, another Plascencia restaurant.