Having a tailgate party – or any kind of party at all this month? We’ve got a Cal Tort Burrito, Fajita or Taco Bar that’s perfect for you! Not only that, but if you spend $100 or more on one of our delicious catering parties in October, we’ll give you $10 off your order; $200 or more and we’ll take $25 off your order AND you’ll be entered to win lots of cool prizes:

– Drink holders
– A Cooler full of Coke products
– Lawn Chairs
– Cornhole set
– A Burrito Party for 20 people
– 4 tickets to an Eagles, Redskins or Ravens Game (your choice)

Call 1-855-CAL-TORT right now to order! RIGHT NOW.  She says sternly. See official rules at


Sometime in October, California Tortilla will have been open more than 7000 days. With that said, it’s been a great adventure and I’d like to take a moment to share with you some of the highs and lows of those first 7000 days. Here goes…

Day 1:  The first California Tortilla opens. Nobody cares but us and our relatives who eat for free.

Day 56:  Noticing a distinct lack of customers, one of our neighbors asks us if we’ve considered turning the restaurant into a Chinese buffet.  We tell him yes, that was the first thing that came to mind.

Day 89:  Someone sits on our patio.

Day 157:  Business booms when Tony Kornheiser proclaims his love for our food on his radio show.  Our Chinese buffet plans are temporarily put on hold.

Day 756: We open on Sundays. At the exact same moment all of our employees become churchgoers.

Day 837: Taco Talk reaches a circulation of 12.

Day 845: The police write us a Cease and Desist letter demanding that we remove a customer from the Taco Talk fax list. Back down to 11.

Day 1243: We start serving wine.

Day 1244: We stop serving wine.

Day 2361: The Honey Lime Burrito is added to the menu. Customers are shocked by the unprecedented combination of honey and lime.

Day 2998: California Tortilla opens in Potomac, Maryland to record shattering sales. Customers are shocked by the unprecedented combination of Mexican food and Potomac people.

Day 3253: We start franchising. Our relatives want to know if they get to eat for free at the franchised California Tortillas as well.

Day 3742: Our first out of state California Tortilla opens to much fanfare. The local newspaper prints a picture of the smiling mayor cutting the ribbon in half, with a caption underneath that says, “Plans to place a federal prison in this county face strong opposition.”

Day 4137: We discontinue serving apple empanadas. Thousands protest. We’re taken by surprise given that we sell 4 a year.

Day 4873: We start putting tri-colored chips on the salads!

Day 4874: We stop putting tri-colored chips on the salads when we realize the colors rub off on the chicken and make it look moldy.

Day 5427: After receiving 3 emails about Taco Talk in one day from people overseas, it becomes clear that Taco Talk’s fan base consists mainly of people who don’t speak English.

Day 5659: We give away free tacos on Election Day. Our relatives are jumping out of their seats.

Day 6544: We add Burrito Bowls to the menu. We’re quite proud of our ingenuity.

Day 6910: We’re voted Best Mexican in the metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine readers. That’s all. I just wanted to get that in there.

And projecting into the future…

Day 7001: The Cheeseburger Burrito debuts and the crowds go wild.

Thanks for making it a great 7000 days!

The Cheeseburger Burrito is a delicious combination of lean ground beef, sliced avocado, fresh salsa, Romaine lettuce, jalapeños, Mexican rice and velvety queso all rolled in a flour tortilla. It starts Monday, October 6th and it’s absolutely fabulous.


Check out California Tortilla at Boo at the Zoo on October 24th, 25th and 26th!  And, if you correctly answer the question below (which we’ll actually include this time), you’ll be eligible to win family (of 4) tickets to Boo at the Zoo.  Ready?

What is our fabulous special this month?? Send your answer to:

For more info about Boo at the Zoo, click here. 


Don’t forget! Necco Wafers are a horrible, dusty candy that no kid likes. (I like to rile up the pro-Necco Wafer crowd every year at this time.)

On that note, I hope you have a safe and Necco Wafer-free Halloween!