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After reading about Mision 19 in the NYT, I had to go check it out for myself. I wasn't disappointed. It is a fancy restaurant without the attitude you'd find in cities north of the border. The restaurant is elegantly modern, located in the Via Cooperative, a LEED-certified green building.
Being a big fan of octopus, I tried the Pulpo al Carbon for an appetizer. It had a nice smokey flavor and was almost a meal in itself. For entrees, you can't go wrong with the Pescado del dia la Plancha prepared with spinach and nice salsa. The wait staff was helpful in suggesting wines. Very attentive service overall. I've heard from others that it is the finest restaurant in TJ, and so far I haven't found a place that tops it in terms of service and food. It is a great place for anniversaries and other special occasions.
The airport is good on its way to becoming great. Construction on a new bi-national terminal that will connect San Diego to the Tj airport is already underway and will be completed by summer of 2014. This terminal will be used to serve US travelers who are traveling within Mexico, so they don't have to go thru the hassle of crossing the U.S. border thru San Ysidro or Otay. In other words this terminal crossing will be faster because it will be of exclusive use for travelers only. The terminal will also be use to attract more flight to Asia since San Diego airport is limited in its operations.