Pierna de Borrego (Leg of Lamb) – La Espadaña. Tijuana

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My rating: 4 1/2 stars

About 10 years ago, a friend told me to try La Espadaña, a lovely restaurant in an upscale neighborhood of Tijuana. “Try the Tampiqueña” he said. I eventually tried the Tampiqueña, a tasty steak covered in onions and peppers, but this time, I went for the leg of lamb.

It was a generous piece of beautifully braised lamb, served in its own juices, complexly flavored with cinnamon and spices that wouldn’t have surprised me in a Greek restaurant… except for the obvious presence of some smoky peppers. The presentation was delightful, especially when I was presented with a large dish of dried oregano, parsley, chopped onions and crushed peppers. This great meal and a diet Coke cost me $17.50 plus tip. Maybe I’ll have the Tampiqueña next time… or something entirely different.

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