Monday, November 17, 2008

California Taco

Does this taco look like it's going to eat you? It might.
Friday night I went with my mom and some people she works with to California Taco. As the name might suggest, it is not a "Cali-Mex" place (i.e. California's version of Tex-Mex--lame attempt at a joke, I know), but the restaurant is located on 32nd and California--a part of California Street that seems particularly proud of being called California.
There are a good number of restaurants that could be called "Omaha institutions." This would be one of them. I'll confess, I'm not really that sure why. The food is good, not mind-blowing, but good. But it is cheap--real cheap (thus populated by many, many students). It's been around a while. And it's on 32nd and California. Which means, for those who aren't familiar with the neighborhood I live in, it's less than a mile (or two) from Mutual of Omaha, Kiewit, Berkshire Hathaway, two major hospitals and Creighton University. But it's hidden back in a neighborhood that is populated by students, hippis, families that haven't moved in 50 years, gay couples, probably a few drug dealers, and Democrats. Definitely one of those hidden treasures.
What is just about mind-blowing at Cali Taco are their homemade flour tortillas and chips. I love Tex-Mex places that make their own chips, probably because they're really salty, really crispy and really bad for you. And the guacamole has enough garlic to be impressive (not as good as my mom's though). Cali Taco is actually yet to be featured in an episode of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (I'm guessing under the "Dives" heading).
The restaurant was pretty crowded early last Friday night, and I left wondering why I don't go down there more often. The cheap margaritas should be incentive enough.


rahulgupta said...

Lainey, this post motivated me to go out and try this place.

Doesn't hurt that it's only 4 minutes away (and I never knew about it!).

...on the other hand, in the long run, it will probably hurt that it's only 4 minutes away.

Thanks to you I had a deliciously unhealthy lunch.

Thanks for the post

Lainey Seyler said...

i'm glad you discovered cali taco. it's a good place--you are in dangerous territory now. :)

Maria said...

Next time I'm in Omaha, we're going there! That guac looks amazing. Kurth and I had some at Cheveys when I was in St. Louis. I can never get enough of that stuff.

Jess said...

I'm so glad you post about places in Omaha. Whenever Scott and I visit my mom, we have no idea where to eat. Then again, my step-dad loves cooking, so he doesn't give us too much of a chance to miss a meal.
I will definitely be checking this place out!

Lainey Seyler said...

just be sure you mapquest detailed directions, because i think it could be pretty tricky to get to.