Choose Between Two Options
$22 for a Mexican-Asian fusion dinner for two ($41.85 value)
- Choice of small bite or appetizer
- Two big entrees
$44 for a Mexican-Asian fusion dinner for four ($81.70 value)
- One small bite
- One appetizer
- Four big entrees
Shin Taira was born in Okinawa, Japan, but grew up in the Chamorro culture of Guam, where he worked for years in restaurants. He founded Tio Chino on the site of one of San Diego's oldest Mexican restaurants and decided to fuse the eatery's heritage with his own.
Now, guests can taste a mixture of Mexican, Japanese, and Chamorro flavors in Tio Chino's cuisine, which Taira dubs "Pacific Mexican." Diners can try out fish tacos covered in sesame slaw and an avocado-cilantro sauce, Karaage Japanese-style boneless fried chicken, and taco rice. Fans of classic Mexican food customize a fajita with carnitas or shrimp or dig into piles of guacamole, which, unlike the knives, are made fresh at the restaurant every day. The food pairs with such refreshing drinks as coconut margaritas.