Recently I asked about the El Caches taco truck, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424870 , and with no firsthand reports, ended up trying it myself Saturday in Santa Rosa at the Vets. I’ve actually had El Caches’ tamales a long time ago, when it used to sell them from a table in front of the Santa Rosa Grocery Outlet. Then El Caches graduated to a tamale cart at the Windsor farmers market, and now it operates a full blown catering truck.
El Caches truck -
I tried one of the items on the specials board, mahi-mahi taco, $3. Available soft or crunchy, I decided to give crunchy a whirl since the fish filet is grilled and I could indulge in the frying calories.
El Caches crunchy fish taco -
The thick piece of grilled mahi-mahi was firm and meaty, albeit a bit on the dry side as I often find this fish. It was garnished with shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped ripe tomatoes, red salsa (I’d asked for “hot”), a dusting of grated cotija cheese, and some crema. While crackly and crunchy around the edges, the corn tortilla was too tough toward the middle. Other than that, I liked everything about this taco. That said, at the Santa Rosa market, I’d rather pay a buck more and have one from the Drakes Bay booth.
El Caches organic salsas for sale -
El Caches also sells its organic green or red salsas. I confirmed that the red salsa on my taco is the same as sold in the jar. It is more than medium-hot, enough to make me wish I’d purchased a cold drink before starting to eat. It was a bit watery from the tomato but a delicious accompaniment nonetheless.
“Tacos, Tamales, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, and Seafood”
Santa Rosa farmers market on Saturday
Windsor farmers market on Thursdays and Sundays
Catering, ask for Gaspar Lopez
946 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
Tamales post, 2/2003
El Caches 2007 Food Safety Recognition of Excellence award -
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