Calli Mexican Restaurant
1102 Davie St (at Thurlow), Vancouver BC
Hours: 11am-9pm daily (closes at 8pm on Sundays)
Please note: Calli is now closed. Sadness.
TACO TACO. Now, I love Mexican food. If it was up to me I would live in Mexico and eat tacos all day long. But I live in Vancouver where sushi reigns king. Yes, I like sushi. But it’s no taco. I am always on the look out for a delicious taco; but I am lazy. Let me tell you Calli is the best, most affordable Mexican restaurant within a five block radius of my house. Sure, Don Guacamoles is also within a five block radius of my house. But it’s not nearly as cheap as Calli.
Calli is a quiet, affordable little place right in the middle of Davie’s hustle and bustle. The food is warm, tasty and comforting. It’s run by a mexican family. So, yes, authentic. The place is teeny-tiny; therefore, not great to go to with a huge group of people. But it’s perfect for a lunch or early dinner with a friend or two. And it’s a good place to bring the kids. The place isn’t fancy – so the other patrons won’t hate you and there is a very reasonably priced kids menu.
All the ingredients Calli uses are fresh and yummers. I quickly scanned the menu and instantly wanted to try the everything. So I sorta did. I tried the tortilla soup ($6), the beef burrito ($7), the red chicken enchiladas ($8 – pictured above), a carne asada taco ($3.5), the mushroom quesedilla ($3.5), and a chicken mole tortas ($6). All the veggies tasted extra fresh, and the tortillas were warm and delish! Everything was fully good and not dumped out of a can.
The taco (pictured above) was wonderful. Full of beef and cilantro and cheese and onion in a grilled corn tortilla – but for the same price I recommend the quesadilla which is basically identical but also comes with sour cream, lettuce, and tomato.
They let you choose the spice level. I ask for mild (and not surprisingly) found some of the dishes to be bland – but they did bring out a couple dishes of spicy spicy goodness so you can add as much or little as you’d like. This is probably something that doesn’t happen when you get take out – so ask for a side dish of that wonderful spice.
I’ve tried two of the three soups. And they are goo-oood! Man, I love tortilla soup!
I recommend the everything. They have all the regular stuff you love plus a special veggie lover’s menu section, plenty of desserts and drinks including a vast selection of jarritos. And most everything comes in a lunch portion (11am-4pm) so you can get just two tacos/enchiladas/taquitos for $7.90 which is a super deal. But don’t fret! You can always get the full portion of three tacos/enchiladas/taquitos for $10.90
No, there’s no parking. No, you don’t need a reservation.
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