There are many ironies about California Tortilla that becomes more amusing when you come to think about it. First, California isn’t usually associated with Mexican fare – Texas is typically the one, thus, the term Tex-Mex food. Second, the chain was neither founded nor based in California but in Maryland.
Nevertheless, California Tortilla is known for its Mexican-style fare. Known as CalTort, the chain of franchised restaurants offers fast casual dining services across several states including Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as in the District of Columbia, and in Qatar. Some of the locations in airports are also known by another brand – Burrito Elito with a few tweaks in the menu.
Below are the latest California Tortilla menu prices.
Picked For You
|BBQ Chicken Quesadilla||$8.60|
|Taco Beef Nachos||$8.23|
Top Menu Items
|Bacon Chicken Club Burrito||$8.24|
|Dirty Queso with Chips||$6.08|
Burritos & Bowls
|Korean BBQ Burrito||$8.06|
|The Classic Burrito||$8.06|
Cal Tort Favorites
|Blackened Fish Taco||$3.95|
|California Screamin' Burrito||$8.12|
|Crunchy BBQ Ranch Burrito||$8.12|
Burritos and Bowls
|Honey Lime Burrito||$8.24|
|Blackened Chicken Caesar Burrito||$8.24|
|Carnitas Verde Burrito||$8.24|
|Street Taco - Pick Two||$7.68|
|Chicken Club Taco||$3.94|
|California Sunset Taco||$3.94|
|Korean BBQ Taco||$3.89|
|Classic Taco - Pick 2||$7.43|
|Mesquite Chicken Taco||$3.86|
|Blackened Chicken Taco||$3.86|
|Pork Carnitas Taco||$3.72|
|Taco Beef Taco||$3.84|
|Grilled Steak Taco||$4.34|
|Farm-Fresh Veggies and Beans Taco||$3.72|
|Veggies & Bean Taco||$3.88|
|Bean & Cheese Taco||$3.26|
|Caribbean Mango Salad||$9.54|
|Southwestern Chicken Salad||$9.62|
|Caribbean Mango Salad with Blackened Chicken||$8.99|
|California Sunset Bowl||$8.93|
|Mixed Grill Bowl||$9.45|
|Cup Turkey Chili||$4.48|
|Bowl Turkey Chili||$6.88|
|The Classic Quesadilla||$8.16|
|Nachos with Protein||$7.90|
|Mesquite Chicken Nachos||$8.23|
|Veggie & Bean Nachos||$8.23|
|Blackened Chicken Nachos||$8.33|
Sides and Dessert
|Chips and Salsa||$2.16|
|Chips and Queso||$3.01|
|Rice and Beans||$2.15|
|Grilled Steak & Chicken Fajita Platter||$10.07|
|Grilled Chicken Fajita Platter||$9.55|
|Grilled Steak Fajita Platter||$10.60|
|Combo Chicken and Steak Fajita||$9.88|
|Kid's Cheeseburger Taco||$5.82|
|Kids-Adilla with Grilled Chicken||$5.74|
|"MAKE YOUR OWN"||$5.76|
|Kid's Mini Burrito||$5.82|
|Kids-Adilla with Taco Beef||$5.76|
|Kid's Make Your Own||$5.85|
|Kids Mini Burrito||$6.20|
|Kids Make your Own||$6.14|
|Chips and Guacamole||$3.20|
|Mexican Rice & Black Beans||$2.05|
|Chips & Guacamole||$3.36|
|Chips & Queso||$3.04|
|Side of Guacamole||$1.92|
|Side of Queso||$1.59|
|Side of Sour Cream||$0.59|
Alan Cohen and Pam Felix opened the first California Tortilla restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland in August 1995. Since then, the chain has expanded to more than 50 restaurants in several states and abroad with more planned locations. The corporate headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland.
What They’re Famous For
The California Tortilla chain is known for its Mission burritos. Such are the delicious quality of these burritos that the chain was voted by the Washingtonian magazine’s readers as offering the best burritos in 2009 and 2010, as well as being the best Mexican restaurant in 2014 and 2015. Even its closest rivals, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Baja Fresh, are getting a run for their money with the California Tortilla’s award-winning burritos!
Why Eat Here
The best reason for eating at the nearest California Tortilla restaurant in your neighborhood is the oh-so-heavenly burritos. The chain has definitely elevated the humble burrito so that virtually everybody can enjoy them – and at affordable California Tortilla prices, too! These aren’t award-winning burritos for nothing – perfectly-baked whole wheat tortilla, tangy cheese, fresh vegetables, and saucy salsa all combine to make a great meal or snack, depending on your stomach’s capacity.
The choices in burritos also cater to every need and want in the Mexican staple including:
- Super Food Burrito, with a choice of Mesquite chicken breast or fresh vegetables combined with Mexican quinoa, feta cheese, Hass avocados, and Roma tomatoes wrapped in whole wheat tortilla, and topped with the chain’s kale slaw and vinaigrette.
- Crunchy BBQ Ranch Burrito, with grilled mesquite chicken, black beans, rice, and BBQ sauce combined with ranch dressing, romaine, salsa and tortilla strips.
- Bacon Chicken Club Burrito, with grilled chicken breast, rice bacon, Roma tomato chunks, jalapeno ranch sauce, jack cheese, and romaine
- Carnita Verde Burrito Spicy, with pork carnitas, rice, sour cream, jack cheese, enchilada cheese, salsa, and tortilla strips
- Korean BBQ Burrito Spicy, with a choice of either steak or grilled mesquite chicken or pork carnitas, as well as fillings like fajita veggies, rice, crisp slaw, and sweet and spicy Korean barbecue sauce
- No-meato Burrito Spicy, a vegetarian-friendly burrito made with sautéed fresh vegetables, black beans, rice, spinach, salsa and Spicy Sunset sauce
Think about it: You will find the type of burrito that will satisfy your cravings, whether it’s for a classic Mexican burrito or for a Korean-inspired burrito. You can even enjoy different levels of spiciness from mild to hot so each visit to California Tortilla feels like a culinary adventure of sorts.
Aside from the burritos, the California Tortilla restaurants also offer other Mexican fare staples. You will feel like you’re in Mexico yet enjoy an American casual dining restaurant atmosphere including the fast service, lively vibe, and extensive menu.
The tacos are great alternatives to the burritos. You should try the blackened fish tacos with blackened fish, crisp slaw, chipotle sour cream, and cilantro served on corn tortillas, as well as the Korean BBQ tacos with your choice of grilled mesquite, pork carnitas, or steak with the works. Your next visits will be better if you widen your culinary horizons by ordering the carnitas, California sunset, and Screamin’ because life’s too short to limit yourself to favorites.
The quesadillas options are limited – just four – but these are enough considering the burritos and tacos selection. The choices include Chicken, Bacon and Tomato Quesadilla; BBQ Chicken Quesadilla; Classic Quesadilla; and Special-Dilla. And don’t forget the nachos, the crispy corn tortilla chips with heavenly toppings of jalapenos, queso, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and scallions with a choice of steak, chicken, taco beef, or fresh vegetables.
Aside from the food, the restaurants are also known for their fun atmosphere. In fact, the staff members are encouraged to be fun, even unique, although the definition can vary between locations. Diners will love the friendly approach coupled with the efficient service provided by the servers, cashiers and other staff members, too.
The ambiance and dress code are casual, too, but you will also find several people in business suits. Many locations have outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi, and private parking lot. The chain also offers military discount and provides gender-neutral restrooms.
To learn more about California Tortilla or to find a location near you, visit their website at californiatortilla.com.