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Taco Caballito Tequileria Offers Vibrant Fare with an Ocean View

The Cape May restaurant/bar is also launching a boutique hotel in 2023.

Mexican street corn at Taco Cabalito Tequileria in Cape May
Mexican street corn is one of the tasty appetizers served at Taco Caballito Tequileria in Cape May. Photo by Deborah Carter


Urban chic in a Victorian house facing the ocean, with weathered wood tables and string lights in the boisterous bar and dining area. Upstairs, you’ll find a lounge and another bar, plus porch seating. 


Serial entrepreneurs, Cape May native Ross Hammer and Lauren Cavello started with a food truck. Several ventures later, they opened Taco Caballito in 2019, moving it to Beach Avenue in March.


Start with a cocktail; there’s also a range of tequilas and mezcals offered as flights. For apps, velvety guac and crunchy chips set a high bar. Add Mexican street corn, served in a ramekin, creamy with mayo and cotija, lively with spices and jalapeños. Next, feast on festive tacos like the battered cod, with Asian slaw, mango salsa and avocado in a flour tortilla. The short rib banh mi taco comes with sriracha mayo, pickled onion, radish and carrot in a fried bao bun. Make-your-own burritos and bowls include fillings such as smoked brisket, shrimp or chicken with cilantro-lime or Mexican rice, or pinto or black beans. Also on offer are soups, salads and desserts such as sugared churros drizzled with chocolate ganache.


The owners plan to launch a boutique hotel on the top two floors of the four-story building in 2023.

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