Oh my. This stuff is good. And affordable. And authentic.
One of the things I love the most about authentic Mexican restaurants is that there are always about a bijillion options on the menu. Calaveras, which is owned by the same couple who brought El Rio Verde and Costa Azul to Tulsa, truly has hundreds of food options. There are things on the menu most people have never heard of — options that likely only the most adventurous among us would try. Then again, there are more classic Mexican options, like tacos, quesadillas and burritos.
One of the first things that impressed me right off the bat was the extensive salsa/condiment bar. Calaveras does condiments right! With everything ranging from peppers to cilantro to multiple kinds of salsa, you’re going to love these complimentary condiments. They all also tasted extremely fresh (we’re not talking Taco Bueno’s condiment bar, here).
My friend tried the Puffy Tacos, pictured above. Also known as “Tacos Fritos,” these incredibly tasty tacos are served on a fresh mesa dough tortilla, deep fried with your choice of meat, along with pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, avocado, and Jack Cheese. YUM!
I opted for the California Chicken Burrito (right), which is packed with chicken, artichoke, spinach, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, white rice, beans, and cheese. It’s also served with a side of Calaveras’ yummy white queso, which I proceeded to smother all over the burrito. This meal was extremely filling and yummy.
The items my friend and I tried are quite “tame” selections. Calaveras, like its sister restaurants, El Rio Verde and Costa Azul, has some more head-spinning options, which I will branch out and try one of these days when I’m feeling particularly moxacious (yes, I know that’s not a real word). I took a picture of some of the more “daring” menu items just so I could share it with you all. Maybe you can talk yourself into ordering one of these items, like a Mojorra Entera (hello, fish head!), or Ostiones (oysters). I for one have no desire to ever try the “Seafood and Beef Spaghetti,” but I’m sure it’s a to-die for dish for someone out there.
So whether you’re a “Man Vs. Food” type of eater, or just want basic Mexican grub, Calaveras has it all. It’s conveniently located next to Circle Cinema, so you can catch a movie after lunch or dinner. It’s also just across the street from Pancho Anaya, home of Tulsa’s best churros and several other Mexican baked goods.