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“Great (mexican) comfort food, just don't get confused about the chinese part!”

Laihoo's Cafe de China
Ranked #137 of 594 Restaurants in Tijuana
Cuisines: Chinese
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Here, There & Everywhere
Level 5 Contributor
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88 restaurant reviews
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“Great (mexican) comfort food, just don't get confused about the chinese part!”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

First of all, for those of you who don't know this... there are a lot of cafes in Mexico city that were originally owned and tended by chinese immigrants and their families, there are still some left, but they almost always served traditional mexican fare, and what people remember most from them is their biscuits and cafe con leche (cafe au lait), and since you rarely find this sort of comfort food outside mexico city it's not unusual for this place smack in the middle of Playas de Tijuana to be packed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Oh, and did I mention the very reasonable prices?

Have some cafe con leche and watch as they pour it in a tall glass just like in mexico city and veracruz!! Feel like a local from mexico city, feel chilango!!

  • Visited January 2013
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“China only if china has rocking cafe con leche and pasteries”
Reviewed 25 November 2012

I recently took my daughters back to Laihoo's for the second time in a few months. The first time a dear friend from TJ took us. Unfortunately for the second visit, we didn't have the restaurant name, nor address, nor anything other than gut instinct. We drove and pieced together the turns and found it again. We almost gave up but the cafe con leche was just too good to give up on.

The name has China in it. I've only been there for breakfast so maybe something changes later but there is nothing Chinese about the menu. It is all wonderful pasteries (that are delivered to your table for you to select from - eat what you want, leave what you don't), hearty plates of traditional breakfast foods and a few Mexican, spicy specialties thrown in. My favorite is the molletes. I prefer the one with chorizo and jalepenos but even the locals looked at me a little oddly. One couple even ventured to ask about it. Then proceeded to order it.

It is a quant location, smack in the middle of a residential street as is so common in Mexico but could make someone think they'd taken a wrong turn.

We highly recommend Laihoo's. The servers usually don't speak English but all have been happy to put up with our butchered attempts to order and have keen hand signals to get you by. They take cards and American currency if needed.

Buen provecho!

  • Visited November 2012
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