[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The storied birthplace of the Caesar salad, the Caesar Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, tossed its last bowl of romaine last week. Legend has it that the concoction was invented in the 1920s by accident, inspired by leftover lettuce, garlic, anchovies, olive oil, wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, egg yolks, croutons and parmesan. And the man behind the magic wasn't Julius Caesar—it was an Italian immigrant in Mexico named Caesar Cardini. According to the Associated Press, the restaurant wasn't able to pay rent anymore with the local tourism-dependent economy so devastated by swine flu, crime, and drug violence.

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