When you step into either Tacos Calafia in either Surprise — or the original restaurant in Peoria you can bet it will be packed. But guess what? You won’t care — because these tacos are well worth the wait.
Tacos Calafia founder Adolfo Torres says the restaurant business is in his blood. “I came straight from the streets of Tijuana and Baja, California. That’s where my parents used to have their taqueria. I was a an 8 year old kid at the time — helping them out. That’s what we’ve brought to Arizona is the authentic style of Tijuana Taco,” said Torres.
3 years ago Torres opened his food truck in Peoria. Word spread fast around the West Valley just how good his tacos are. So he decided to open a brick and mortar spot not too far away from his original truck.
With the success of the first restaurant Torres decided to open a second restaurant with the help of Javaier Galaz — who helped Torres open the Tacos Calafia in Peoria. Galaz says you can expect the same great taste and service. “ Everything started in Tijuana. Calafia is a bus in Tijuana — so if you want to take the bus you say I want to take the bus to my Tia’s house,” said Galaz.
Tacos Calafia is also getting recognized by some major Valley publications. The Phoenix New Times named their taco al pastor the best in the Valley in 2018. “Our al pastor is very authentic. We make it in a trompo. It is an authentic way to make the meat,’ said Galaz.
Both Tacos Calafia have an unlimited salsa bar with fresh guacamole. The salsa’s are made fresh everyday…with mild, hot and super hot sauce. The tortilla are also made fresh right inside the restaurant. “We make them right in front of the customers. You can really tasted the difference. It’s what separates us from the others,” said Galaz.
As for the future — there’s a Tacos Calafia on the way to Tolleson, AZ. Founder Adolfo Torres says the formula for success will stay the same. He plans to stick with tacos — the best way he knows how.
“We only make tacos here. That’s what we’re good at. We’re not a place you go for different dishes. If you want the best tacos in the area — then come here,” said Torres with a smile.