Health officials seal the door of a closed restaurant
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Citing various violations of health regulations, municipal health inspectors in Tijuana have ordered the closure of 18 Chinese restaurants until the problems are corrected.

According to a report published by the daily newspaper El Sol de Tijuana, health inspectors have checked 80 Chinese restaurants in the city so far in the first phase of an ongoing investigation.

The inspections were prompted by complaints to the health department from customers, the newspaper reported.

The closed restaurants were not named in the story, but a breakdown was provided by location: nine restaurants in downtown Tijuana, three in the La Mesa neighborhood, two in Cerro Colorado, two in La Presa, one in San Antonio de los Buenos, and one in Sánchez Taboada.

Among the violations noted by El Sol were failure to maintain adequate hygiene in the preparation of food, failure to show proof of fumigation for the last three months, and, in some instances, failure to pay fines for prior violations of health laws.

Chinese restaurants in Tijuana have struggled for the past two years to overcome reports in April 2015 that one restaurant — Lo Yen City in the El Rubi neighborhood — had allegedly been butchering and cooking dog meat.

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dwbat Aug. 17, 2017 @ 3:19 p.m.

Another reason to never eat a meal in TJ! Are their low prices worth getting sick?


Visduh Aug. 17, 2017 @ 8:50 p.m.

This is a TJ shakedown, nothing more. The Chinese who run those restaurants, many of them third and fourth generation in the area, are still a minority and fair game for extortion. When the owners of the 18 establishments get together and take a collection, the proceeds can be handed out to the "health inspectors", the signs will come down, and all will be back to normal. Just the usual mordida for the public employees who can extort.

In fact, the notion of there being Tijuana health inspectors is an oxymoron. Right at the border crossing I've noted "restaurants" with no running water, and an absolute lack of anything resembling sanitation. Those street taco cart vendors lack anything that is sanitary in the first or second world, yet they are a permanent fixture of that city. What a joke it all is.


Knaak Aug. 18, 2017 @ 10:03 a.m.

dwbat and Visdu

Tijuana actually has some of the best restaurants in the Southwest, and easily some of the best in San Diego. As foodies, my wife and I have been eating at the best restaurants in TJ for the last 8 years, restaurants whose standards of excellence exceed those you find in San Diego, at prices 1/3 to 1/2 those in the U.S. We have never been sick, nor do we ever expect to be.

If you eat at hole in the wall restaurants in ANY city you are taking a gamble. Go to El Cajon Blvd. around 50th street and tell me how that turns out for you. You can't compare the worst in TJ to the best in San Diego. You need to go to one of the many craft restaurants in Tijuana, or visit the Distrito Gastronomico, or just know where the good places are, JUST LIKE San Diego.

Don't believe me?

Ask Anthony Bourdain.


"Tijuana and Ensenada, there are incredible things happening down there right now, they got tired of waiting for the Americans to return and began to make a delicious and creative food," said Bourdain to LA Weekly.

The region wants to leave behind the bad image it afflicted them for years, and aims to show in their culture and gastronomy their true colors, which will be seen through "No Reservations".

"We can only hope that it will continue to show people what they're really missing out by not visiting the South," said Kristin De Sandi, writer of the blog "Life and Food", which specializes in the Baja California cuisine.

"The cuisine itself is changing and never ceases to impress me. Anthony Bourdain could give that boost to those who have not yet experienced the beautiful side of Baja, " he added.


superdry Feb. 2, 2018 @ 5:45 p.m.

My friends used to eat there years back. Thank goodness they didn't get any health issues.


Ponzi Feb. 2, 2018 @ 6:46 p.m.

Some people must have better immunity to bugs than others. I have enjoyed “crossing south” over the years and usually never had any problems. Last year I spent a long weekend in the Valle de Guadalupe and enjoyed food at some of the highest rated establishments. Upon returning home, I became almost deathly ill. I remained in bed in, unable to keep food down for a week. Worse than a flu and it drained me physically. Perhaps it was my fault, I trusted the ice water and I had some oysters on the half-shell. I did not eat street food, I was only eating at the resort restaurants and some of the most popular dining places in the wine country. I still like Mexico, and plan to visit again, but I would never eat Chinese food. That stuff is nasty enough here in San Diego.


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