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Specialty restaurants abound in Tijuana, and, if you know where to look, you can find cuisine that ranges from Afganistan to Zimbabwe, and everything in between.  But, if you ask me to name a "niche" cuisine in Tijuana, one place immediately comes to mind:  Kentucky Fried Buches...

Photo:  I'm not a big fan of returning to restaurants, as I love to try out new restaurants, especially when I'm in a foreign country - Mexico is definitely foreign - but on Friday afternoon, October 15, 2010, I just had to pay a visit to Kentucky Fried Buches, as they serve some of the most specialized, and unique cuisine that I've every had the pleasure to enjoy.

Photo:  At 3 O' Clock on this Friday afternoon, the place is empty, and I asked the owner of the business, Pancho, who's dressed in the blue tee shirt, a simple question... "Why?"  He told me just wait a few minutes and the customers will show up, and as I finished my lunch of buches, the customers did show up... in droves.

Photo:  Local resident, loyal customer, and lover of chicken neck tacos Eduardo, sits at the table next to me and allows me to take his photo, as Pancho works the counter in the background of the photo.  Like most small restaurants in Tijuana, Kentucky Fried Buches is open to the street, as can be seen in the photo.  Each table has a trash can, and the de facto format is that you either sit or stand at your table, and as you enjoy the buches, you spit, put, or place the remains of your buche into the trash can.  

Photo:  Robert, to the left, and the owner of the business, Pancho, pose for my digital camera, as they prepare my order of Kentucky Fried Buches.  Robert speaks "pretty good" English, and was interested in everything that I was doing... he didn't want to speak my "pretty good" Spanish when I started rattling off in Spanish.  Naturally, he asked me where I was from, and when I told him that I was from Sacramento - really Roseville, but who's ever heard of Roseville?... - he actually knew about Sacramento, which is a rare thing when you talk to citizens of Tijuana.  Even though I dress like the locals, I might as well have a bullseye painted on my back, because I'm soooooo gringo...

Photo:  Kentucky Fried Buches are cooking in the deep fryer.  All this restaurant sells are deep fried chicken necks, in-house made salsa and corn tortillas.  Talk about specialized cuisine!

Photo:  I give a "thumbs up" to my lunch of deep fried chicken necks, salsa and tortillas.  No, I'm not faking this, as the sign in the background says it all...

Photo:  What is a Kentucky Fried Buche?  Simply put, it's a chicken neck that's rolled in flour and deep fried.  At Kentucky Fried Buches, you get 6 deep fried chicken necks, a couple of heaping spoonfuls of some of the best salsa made in Tijuana, and six corn tortillas.  This will set you back MEX $30.00 and no tips are expected... but I just gave them a US five dollar bill which was WAY too much for the meal, and WAY too much to tip, but the experience I enjoyed at Kentucky Fried Buches was both unique and interesting, and... I love chicken neck tacos... I pose the question:  Where else in the world are you going to find a restaurant that serves nothing but chicken neck tacos... a.k.a., Kentucky Fried Buches?  Only in Tijuana...

Kentucky Fried Buches
670 Ave. Constitución
Zona Norte
Tijuana, Baja California

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