As a New Yorker expose details, chef Javier Plascencia believes in the transformative power of food. The piece describes how in Tijuana, he strove to redefine the city's culinary paradigm with his gourmet food, made exclusively with, as he says, materia prima, or ingredients sourced strictly within 120 miles of the restaurant. He did it, too. In the process, he gained the respect and business of famed chef Anthony Bourdain. After moving to the U.S., he opened Romesco using the same cooking philosophies he prescribed to south of the border.
Romesco's culinary slate is solidly grounded in Mexican cuisine, but Chef Plascencia has accented his dishes with Mediterranean flavors and cooking techniques. The cuisine is derived from all corners of the globe, from traditional tapas to fettuccini alfredo and baja California lobster ravioli. The carefully selected vintages on the wine list pair with the menu's diverse flavors, especially on Wednesdays when the restaurant only serves Italian dishes. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant stays open late to accommodate night owls, serving tapas until 11:30 and, on Saturday nights, hosting live flamenco music. From 3-7, there are also happy hours—named after what a round trip to the moon will be like in 2060.
Los Antojos' professional salsa senseis artfully plate an extensive menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. Mouths can plummet into an appetizer of ceviche Los Antojos, which flaunts ahi tuna, octopus, and scallops accessorized with fresh avocado, mango, nectarine, and strawberries swiped from Carmen Miranda's hat ($11.95). Chefs bundle carne asada tacos with guacamole, salsa, onions, and cilantro ($3.95), and they marinate ox tails in dark beer before introducing the tender morsels to sides of rice and beans ($6.96). The seafood selection includes shrimp with tamarind sauce ($17.95) and pescado en salsa de frijol negro, a white fish filet topped with black beans and swirled in dark beer sauce (15.95). Beer and wine cool throats riled from contentious debates over flour versus corn tortillas, as barkeeps craft cocktails such as mango margaritas ($5.55).
Whether they're teaching music-and-movement classes to infants or leading high-school gymnastics, Tumble Wee & Dance's instructors strive to foster a love of movement and activity. Their diverse class roster includes hip-hop, ballet and tap, and gymnastics classes, and they also lead students in a competitive dance program that performs across California and Arizona.
Batches of freshly baked foccacia bread, forged in an open-air baking station every 15 minutes, swathe tempting combinations of the gourmet ingredients that populate Stone Oven's menu. Sandwich savants can bedeck the bread in six selections of seasoned low-fat mayonnaise, such as the spicy-chipotle mayo, which escorts onion crisps, avocado, and cheddar cheese safely to the barbecue beef-brisket sandwich ($7.45). The warm foccacia also keeps company with an array of innovative salads, such as the goat-cheese chicken salad ($7.45), or the walnut and green-apple salad, which hosts a raucous gathering of grilled chicken, candied walnuts, and champagne vinaigrette. A bevy of beverages and sides include freshly brewed iced tea ($1.59) and gourmet kettle chips with which to scoop up stray ingredients or use as a carry-on suitcase ($1.50).