Spotlight: Cabo Fish Taco

Did you know Baja California is right in the heart of Downtown Blacksburg?

Co-owner, Gary Walker, established the first Cabo Fish Taco in Charlotte, North Carolina along with co-owners Rob and Maeghan Crenshaw. But he never really left Blacksburg. Originally from Virginia Beach, Walker attended Virginia Tech, earning a finance degree in 1994. Two years later he returned to pursue further studies in history and philosophy. Throughout his time in Blacksburg, Walker managed Boudreaux’s, established strong community ties, and always found time to catch some waves. Soon after opening Cabo in Charlotte, he launched Cabo Fish Tabo in Blacksburg, Virginia, to bring Baja California home.

In 2005, Cabo opened its doors at 117 S. Main Street, one of the oldest structures in the Town of Blacksburg. Built in 1848, the restaurant originally served as the First Presbyterian Church. It was quick to change its character to a live music venue, then transitioning into various restaurants, with previous businesses including South Main Café and Baileys. When the property became vacant, it became a highly attractive property to house Baja/Mexican style cuisine and a beach bar atmosphere. Walker described the original renovations to include an updated kitchen, increased bar space, redesigned atrium, and built-in addition. The historic structure continues to change!  Keep an eye out as Cabo changes its brick façade, along with a new roof, and construction of a rooftop patio.

You might be wondering what defines Baja California Mexican style cuisine. It is freshness. All the ingredients are delivered fresh and dishes prepared right in front of you. It is unique. The name suggests there are Fish Tacos that cannot be found anywhere else in town.  It is light and healthy.  Vegetarian options are plentiful as you can get any menu item without meat. Oh, and the drink menu complements every dish. Pick one of the thirteen margaritas or join the tequila club. Cabo has the most elaborate tequila choices—72 and counting!

While you are enjoying your meal, you will be sure to relax in the beach style ambiance. All the furniture is handmade and the wood is burnt in using a blow torch. Even the fish head lights and the detailed fish coat rack are made by hand! Above the coat rack, take a peek at the custom-made Robert August surfboard, but beware — the board can be missing and only a “Gone Surfing” sign is left behind. On June 18, 2011, Cabo will be undergoing a radical transformation for the Summer Solstice Fest as 26 tons of sand are brought in to fill the parking lot!

Don’t sit down to think about what you are cooking for dinner tonight. Drive over to Cabo Fish Tabo and try Fish Tacos, Shrimp and Crab Dip, or Rasta Pasta! Where else can you get true Baja California cuisine while experiencing a piece of Blackburg’s history?

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