Saturday, October 15, 2011

Na’cho Average Taco Joint!

Cabo Taco Mexicali Grill is a lot of things, but they’re definitely na’cho average taco place. With a quirky staff, an inventive menu and a good heart; you’ll be making Cabo Taco a must SEE shortly into your visit.

Located about five minutes from the St. Augustine outlets, my BFF L and I decided to head there for lunch after a morning of bargain hunting. We were hungering for some delicious eats and they did not disappoint.

The Mexicali grill is nestled in a local strip plaza. On the outside, Cabo Taco appears like any other plaza storefront: uniform and in place. Once inside though, an explosion of color and artwork welcomes you. Not to mention, an incredibly friendly staff who’s already greeting you before you’re halfway inside.

Next to the register at the back of the restaurant, you’ll find the expansive menu on the wall. With appetizers, tacos, wraps, salads, burritos and desserts; Cabo Taco has everything including typical Mexican fair like nachos, quesadillas, fajitas and chimichangas. Trust me when I say, they have something for everyone. In fact, they have multiple somethings.

Overwhelmed by the huge menu, I inquired what was good. Next thing I knew, our order was in and I didn’t know what we were having. L and I grabbed a couple of brews, after the staff insisted they were the only true complement to a Mexicali meal. Not a huge beer fan, I went with a Seagram’s Escapes Mango ($3.50). Like a sparkling mango juice with a kick, the alternative was delicious and perfectly supplemented the upcoming grub. The same could be said for Leanne’s Corona Light ($3.50) … if you drink beer.

Mentioning beer, let’s talk about boobies – beer for boobies. Throughout October, Cabo Taco will support local breast cancer survivors by donating $1 to Unity Outreach of St. Augustine every time a Budweiser, Bud Light or Bud Light Lime is purchased.

After a short chitchat at the table our identical meals were delivered. On each plate, we were presented with one Seared Ahi Tuna Taco ($4.99), a half of Cabo Burrito ($9.99/whole) and home made tortilla chips. It was just as scrumptious as it sounds and that’s a huge compliment coming from a non-fish eater.

I first tried their special, the ahi taco. Lightly seared sushi-grade ahi tuna, accompanied by cucumber, avocado, sesame ginger coleslaw, cucumber wasabi dressing and sesame seeds, all nestled together in a soft taco shell. Served cold, this light and delicious taco won’t leave you feeling miserably stuffed.

For fear of becoming full, I moved onto the Cabo Burrito. Blackened Mahi, cilantro lime rice, black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, mango, fire roasted corn and cilantro sauce come together to make this one incredible fusion of flavors. I tried not to inhale it, but the warm burrito on a rainy day was just too scrumptious.

Sometimes it’s the little details that blow me away. Like at Cabo Taco they make their own tortilla chips. Perfectly sized, they are great for dipping and enjoying in one bite. Their three different salsa choices were phenomenal. My personal favorite was the pineapple salsa. With chunks of pineapple, it was slightly sweet but still very salsa like.

Shortly after finishing our lunch, we were presented with what looked to be the King of all Mexicali desserts. A base of crispy cinnamon and sugar coated tortilla chips were drizzled with chocolate syrup and brown sugar agave sauce, adorned with chunks of mango, pineapple and strawberries; and topped with a mound of whipped cream. Simply phenomenal.

Definitely na’cho average taco joint, my BFF L, and I left Cabo Taco Mexicali Grill more than pleased with their delicious eats, quality service and philanthropic endeavors.

- A

Cabo Taco Mexicali Grill

965 SR-16 Unit 110, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 201-3790

Serving Lunch and Dinner

Open Monday to Thursday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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  1. I wish I had one of these in Australia

    -Mia xo

  2. Oh, it's absolutely delicious. This might seem to be a silly question, but do y'all have anything like it at all there?


  3. My son works at Cabo (he actually created the dessert you ate!). We love Lenny and the crew. So glad you enjoyed your visit!

  4. I love Cabo too! Fresh, delicious ingredients.. Chill atmosphere and an awesome crew! (way to go Lenny!) Glad you liked it!

  5. Kristine! Tell your son he did a magnificent job, I've never had anything like it and I love it!

    ChaningChick! I loved it! Glad to see Cabo has such a following in St. Augustine. I can't wait to go again and take D to try it! He's salivating over the ahi tacos!