We had heard a great deal about Cali -N- Tito's but never had a chance to get by there. Unless you are just on or around campus it's kinda out of the way. None the less locals were always flabbergasted when they heard we hadn't been there. So needless to say there was a lot of build up for this joint. Initially I was doubtful that it would live up to all the hype I have been hearing, but gladly it did not disappoint. The place is literally a little hole in the wall kind of place. It's nothing fancy, there are no big flashing signs, parking isn't a premium, the decor is cheap Latin throw back with espresso cans serving as lampshades and vases, coffee bean bags hanging from the ceiling, and plywood bottom chairs with their logo seemingly hand burned with a kit. It's totally a jeans and t-shirt, serve yourself, kind of place. The staff is friendly and helpful but typically the only time you see anyone at your table is when they bring out your food. There are recycle bins beside the trashcan, always great to know a place likes to keep it green, and a sign at the trashcan asking that you be sure not to toss their plates into the trash.
|The perfect lunch date.|
That's not a can on his head,
it's the can shading the light.
R. had the steak quesadilla with sweet potato chips. It came with a sauce on the side that was too hot for our pallets. One dip of a fork to taste and I was reaching for an ice cube. The mix of spice and cheese with the steak in the quesadilla was wonderful all their own, so not having the sauce for it was not a problem. The sweet potato chips were tasty and crunchy in a way you can only get from a deep fryer. I ordered the chicken empanadas with fried sweet plantains. It was quite flavorful with a mix of peppers, green onions and the sauce in which it was cooked. Yum. It also came with a side of sauce that married quite well, lending a little sweetness to the mix. Good stuff! The fried sweet plantains were a desert all their own. Total cost of the two meals were a little less than $15. We both left full, satisfied, and as always, with a little to bring home. They have carryout plates at the ready for anyone to grab on the shelf under the tea station. The cardboard carryout plates no less. Once R. finishes it off for a snack later we can rip off the top to recycle and the bottom to be used as fodder to start up the fire pit. Definitely a place to check out and become a regular. Without a doubt, we will be back.
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