Stopping for a Delicious Siesta in Tecate, Baja Norte
After a weekend of throwing back margaritas at La Fonda, there’s a spot in Tecate worth stopping for a final time out. It requires taking the long way home on Highway 3 through Baja's wine region, but with the wait times at the Tijuana border lasting hours, crossing at Tecate is a better choice anyway. Restaurante Asao sits high on a hill with expansive views of Guadalupe Valley and the US/Mexico border. The menu offers upscale DF-style cuisine—no beans smothered in cheese here—like chayote (Mexican squash) carpaccio with white fish ceviche, quesadillas de cuitlacoche (a delicacy made from corn fungus with a flavor similar to truffles), and melt-in-your-mouth snapper Veracruz. Portions are generous and prices are shockingly inexpensive. And once your siesta is over, the border crossing is right there.