California Tacos is part of my USF Dining Guide.
California Tacos is a true taco stand in every sense of the name. Most people don’t know what to make of the exterior. It looks like it was shipped from Southern California and dropped on Bearss Ave. in Tampa, Florida. The name “California” itself drew me to this place because California is known for quality food and after a few Tampa Yelpers reviewed the location with positive reviews I decided to try it out for myself.
Upon parking I found myself staring at a taco stand with only a few tables and chairs around. This place was going to be a completely different experience then the Taco Bus. I was greeted by a man at the cashier window and he asked me if it was my first time. When I responded yes I was provided some surfer munchies (carrots and various other veggies) while I waited on my order. I decided to order their California Burrito with Carne Asada inside (around $8 or $9 with guacamole and sour cream). The thought of having french fries inside a burrito blew my mind. When I tasted it though I was so impressed.
The taste is completely different from anything you have probably had anywhere else. Nothing like Moes, Chipotle, TJ Flats, or authentic Mexican joints like the Taco Bus. The cheeses are clearly American cheeses (tasted like cheddar), but somehow it was just amazing. The steak wasn’t seasoned like Vallartas or Taco Bus, but man it was still good. The french fries, which had blown my mind actually tasted amazing inside a burrito. It’s like when you put onion rings in your burger for the first time or first dipped french fries in your ice cream…an unknown genius thought.
The Horchata was actually made very well. The perfect amount of sweetness, I think sometimes Taco Bus has too much cinnamon sweet taste, but California Tacos does it just right. The drink size is unfortunately smaller.
Delicious tacos! Too bad they aren’t bigger.
On my next visit I had their Tijuana Tacos (3 for $3), which are like miniature tacos with their pork. They are simply heavenly. The man at the stand wasn’t lying when he said they would leave me wanting more. I ordered two and then still decided to try their Tasty Tostada ($2.79), a huge tostada that maybe I should not have ordered because man I was going to gain some weight eating all this good food. Regardless, I was glad I tried both and after trying them I became confidant that this place deserves attention and love for making all this good food.
Their tostadas are loaded. Full of ingredients and tastes great, but hard to grab because of all the ingredients…make sure you grab a fork!
To rate this restaurant against the Taco Bus or any Mexican restaurant is simply unfair (though comparison works due to some similarities). The meats have the same names, but have different (and interestingly good) tastes. The Southern California style is something I am unfamiliar with as I was a Northern California former resident, but I am impressed with their quality of food and will happily visit California Tacos many times in the future.
Restaurant Name: California Tacos
Address: 1450 Skipper Rd. Tampa, FL 33613
Phone Number: (813) 971-8226
9 responses to “California Tacos”
These tacos really look good. Nice
they are delicious!
Awesome Man, This place gave me the Titus Foodtitus, I wake up in the middle of the night Etc. Craving More of that fresh flavor, Though they are new , They should be a landmark, Their burritos at $ 5.49 are great, However they do have the best fish Tacos I have ever tasted in my life….I am from southern cal and Cali tacos Tampa is even better, Just wish they were open Later…….Man my feet were back in the Sand in southern cal.. with the first bite .Thank you Cali Tacos…813-971-8226
I have not been here yet. Nor have I been to the Taco Bus. I plan to remedy both these things as soon as possible. has this place been around long?
Ah you need to! They have both been around for years.
WASSUP MY MAN!!!
I actually ate at California Tacos a couple months ago (DARN i forgot to write about it!! Booo you beat me!) and got fish-hooked!!!!
I had the ceviche… and you may be thinking “California Tacos is FRESH, but ceviche? (raw seafood) sounds like taking the fresh risk a bit too far) well, a cool stomach later i am a California Taco Ceviche fan. It comes with chips which taste good mixed in. Not a bad alternative if you don’t wanna throw away your allowance eating at Tapas or Ceviche restaurant.
Wow haha you are adventurous…but I’m glad you liked it…now I’ll have to be adventurous as well and try it out.
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