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Caesar’s Restaurant Tijuana, home of the world famous “Caesar Salad”. Back in the early 1930s, in this restaurant, Chef Cesar Cardini created the famous salad. The restaurant opens its doors in 1929 and it is still going strong.

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  1. The Real Tijuana says:

    The salad was first served in Tijuana in 1924 (according to Caesar Cardini) or in 1927 (according to Alejandro Cardini) in the Cardini brothers’ original restaurant, Caesar’s Place, which was two blocks north of the Hotel Caesar.

    The brothers built their hotel circa 1930 from the money they made in that first restaurant. However, with the repeal of Prohibition and the beginning of the Depression, they couldn’t make a go of it. They sold their hotel around 1935: Caesar moved to Los Angeles, where he bottled their salad dressing and sold it door-to-door, and Alejandro moved to Mexico City, where he continued being a successful restaurateur.

    The restaurant at Hotel Caesar has passed through a number of hands. Most recently (around 2009) it had to be closed by the city authorities for offering “table dances” without a license. The Plascencia family rescued it last year, restoring and redecorating it into what you now see in this very striking photo.