Happy Tuesday! As I mentioned before, our Big Bear trip had to be cancelled so instead we decided to wander around the city of Tijuana, Mexico. We visited a restaurant that my dear friend Alma recommended a while ago. Its called El taller by the great Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero Yagües and its very close to Zona Rio right across the well known Big Boy restaurant. Its specialty are pizzas made with typical Mediterranean ingredients such as chickpeas, olives and seafood and then you have some specialty pizzas for the more daring foodies like tongue and escargots; which we will be ordering the next time we go.
El taller translates in English to “workshop”. The reason for its name is that the place used to be an auto shop before; and thanks to a limited budget, it was left almost intact and conditioned to serve as a restaurant. As a result, El Taller has a unique rustic style combined with corrugated aluminum along the place and industrial ducts on the ceiling.
As you walk in, you can see an accent wall covered in reclaimed wood and a couple of wine racks. The dining area has neon yellow chairs which give a big pop of color. The tables have stainless steel tops that continue with the whole industrial look of the restaurant, and the open kitchen is also pretty interesting. You can see the cooks preparing all the food and a wood-fired oven in the middle where they bake their signature pizzas.
Their menu is displayed on a huge chalkboard on one of the walls across the kitchen. From pizzas, pastas, chicken, meat, and seafood. Their options are varied. We ordered a Roman salad with blue cheese and a Smoked Marlin pizza. Both delicious! Their prices range from $7-$25 with dishes large enough to share with 2 or 3 people. We would definitively come back and recommend El Taller to anyone.