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It was like a scene out of a rom-com: Man travels to Mexico. Man falls deeply in love. Man returns, bringing his love of catering fresh seafood back with him. Ralph Rubio, founder of Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering, will change the way you think about traditional fish tacos.

Rubio opened his first fish taco stand in Mission Bay, San Diego, in 1983, long before homemade corn tortillas and fresh seafood were common menu items. But Rubio couldn’t wait to offer his catering customers fresh Mexican flavor with a California twist. His original fish taco featured beer-battered Alaska pollock, crunchy fresh cabbage, salsa, and Rubio’s signature white sauce—the perfect addition to taco bars in office lunchrooms for the past 35 years.

Today, Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering has sold more than 200 million tacos worldwide. Here’s what you should order off their catering menu the next time your office celebrates Taco Tuesdays:

Popular Entrées from Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Rubio's Coastal Grill catering offers traditional fish tacos made with corn tortillas and fresh-battered fish.

Whether you’re hosting an after-work happy hour or a lunch-and-learn meeting, Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering has popular entrées guaranteed to win over your colleagues. Order an appetizer platter of crunchy chicken taquitos—served on homemade stone-ground corn tortillas—as a conversation starter.

For a lunch meeting where you need extra focus, opt for individual burrito boxes. They come stuffed with your choice of spicy shrimp, grilled steak, chicken, or juicy sautéed vegetables and perfectly portioned sides, like “no-fried” pinto beans, tortilla chips and salsa, and a cookie. It makes for a filling corporate meal—without the mess of a lengthy cleanup.

Need to wow visiting guests or feed multiple departments with one catering order? Rubio’s taco bar elevates any office lunch buffet. It comes with grilled wild Pacific mahi-mahi, blackened salmon, and Alaskan pollock. Moving down the buffet line, you’ll find flour and corn tortillas, cheese, lettuce, guacamole, signature salsa, and chipotle white sauce for all the flavor your colleagues can handle.

Health-conscious eaters or vegetarian colleagues will love Rubio’s balsamic and roasted veggie combo. Topped with fire-roasted corn, avocado slices, and lemon-agave-white balsamic vinaigrette, it’s the perfect complement to any taco bar

Portion Guide

Rubio's Coastal Grill catering offers traditional fish tacos made with corn tortillas and fresh-battered fish.

The experts at Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering know you don’t need a crowd to throw a taco party at the office. Only expecting five guests? Try their “small” burrito and taco bar for an intimate buffet-style dinner. They also offer a mixed platter of burritos, quesadilla wedges, and chicken taquitos with enough chips and guac to feed six. ezCater’s ordering guide helps you perfectly portion for any occasion.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering makes it easy to size up for larger crowds of colleagues, too. Regular and deluxe taco bars feed ten guests, and their fruit and veggie-studded salads can accommodate big vegetarian appetites. Add side orders of extra protein, guacamole, or creamy chipotle sauce in a snap.

Caterer Highlights

Rubio’s Coastal Grill catering serves food your office can feel good about. Their tacos and burritos are filled with cuts of all-natural beef, or chicken raised without antibiotics, and cooked without artificial sweeteners, colors, or partially hydrogenated oils. All of Rubio Coastal Grill’s produce is grown in California’s Salinas Valley, too, which means you and your colleagues get fresh salsa and guacamole year-round. With their detailed Allergy Information Chart, you can make sure your guests with dietary preferences eat safe, too.

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Jacqueline Raposo

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Jacqueline Raposo

Jacqueline Raposo is an expert interviewer. Her over 400 articles, essays, and podcast episodes feature Missy Robbins, Daniel Boulud, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, and other such award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, managers, and hospitality personnel. Find her at www.jacquelineraposo.com or as @wordsfoodart.

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