Caesar's

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Restaurant interior, 2019
Caesar's salad at Caesar's restaurant, 2018
Restaurant exterior, 2019
The bar, 2018
Building exterior 2019

Caesar's is a restaurant on Avenida Revolución in Tijuana, Mexico, famous as the home of the Caesar salad.[1] Restauranteur Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, opened the restaurant in 1923,[2] and it is now under chef Javier Plascencia, leading chef of Baja Med cuisine.

History[edit]

The original Caesar's bar and restaurant was first opened in an alley in 1923, and its salad became famous after its reported invention on July 4th of the following year.[3][4] Julia Child said that she visited the restaurant during her youth in 1925 or 1926.[5]In 1926 it moved to 2nd Street, and a year later it moved to its current location at the Hotel Cesar on Avenida Revolución Street between 4th and 5th streets. Cardini bought the hotel and restaurant in 1932.[6]

Following a huge reduction in U.S. visitors to Tijuana after 9/11 and subsequent long border wait times to return to the U.S., the restaurant closed in 2009, due to debt.[7] Javier's brother Juan Plascencia renovated the restaurant and reopened it in July, 2010, with a luxurious art deco interior reminiscent of the 1920s.[8] In 2017, the San Diego Reader called it the "classiest joint in Tijuana".[9] Waiters prepare the "original" Caesar salads tableside.[9]

Armenui Evakian, Cardini's granddaughter, is the current owner of the restaurant and hotel, which was featured by Andrew Zimmern in his Travel Channel television special The Border Check.[6][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Sarah (6 February 2018). "Through a Tijuana Turnstile and Into Tacos and Tortas" – via NYTimes.com.
  2. ^ "Cesar Cardini, Creator of Salad, Dies at 60". Los Angeles Times. November 5, 1956. Caesar Cardini, 60, credited with the invention of the Caesar salad, died [...]
  3. ^ "We Can Thank Tijuana and Prohibition for the Caesar Salad". Food & Wine.
  4. ^ "Zagat". www.zagat.com.
  5. ^ Lacey, Marc (21 October 2008). "Wary Tourists Toss Aside a Chance to Taste History" – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ a b c "Tijuana's Last Days of Bullfighting". Roads & Kingdoms. 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ Bramen, Lisa. "Hail Caesar—The Birthplace of the Famous Salad Closes". Smithsonian.
  8. ^ http://laprensa-sandiego.org/stories/cesar’s-restaurant-springs-back-to-life/
  9. ^ a b Rudkus, Sammi; Aug. 5; 2017. "Arguably the classiest joint in Tijuana". www.sandiegoreader.com.