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“Love the tacos - generous on the guacamole”

La Calaca Loca Taqueria
Ranked #780 of 1,283 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Mexican
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Oakland, CA
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Love the tacos - generous on the guacamole”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is an easy in and out meal for me when I am hungry and don't have the energy to go home and cook and clean. These are some of my favorite vegetarian tacos - simple with shredded cabbage, pinto beans, pico de gallo and a nice healthy dollop of very fresh, tasty quacamole.
They used to make a butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. i wish they would bring that back. It was so tasty and nice to have something more vegetable focused besides a salad. In a teensy little mall with a grocery, mailmax, pawn store and check cashing. But it's not seedy as that might sound. There is always parking in the little lot which makes it convenient.

Visited September 2012
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English first
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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“Terrific taqueria!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

La Calaca is not going to serve you massive portions of cheap food. What they do serve is great, honest-to-goodness LARD-based flour tortillas. If you have only experienced the rubbery, elasticized oil-based tortilla used everywhere in CA, you might have a healthy heart but your tastebuds have never had the wonderful, buttery-tasting, flaky goodness of a true old-fashioned tortilla.

Best are the carnitas and carne asada quesadillas. The fried fish is better eaten in the Baja taco. The server will bring you three salsas in big squeeze bottles: mild, hot, and super-flaming! The hidden gem here is the Mexican burger: a delicious good-sized patty (get the dry Jack melted on it) with pickled jalapenos on a magnificent "telera" roll. The roll is what French bread USED to taste like (the French taught the Mexicans how to make great bread in the 1800's). How good is it?--my DH doesn't like burgers....but he loves this one! Great, funky decor and a tiny parking lot, but street parking is fairly easy. It's hidden inside the "Check Cashing" mini-mall, opposite Walgreen's/Genova Deli.

  • Visited March 2012
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“There food tastes very fresh. There salads are good. Chips are homemade.”
Reviewed August 17, 2008

There food tastes very fresh. There salads are good. Chips are homemade.

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