Hi, Texasgirl, and everyone.
Here in town we have our own quirky variation on the CA roll. It's the "Tampa Roll" and I have suggested it to non-sushi friends as an introduction.
It's actually a non-sushi sushi? Can I say that?
It consists of breaded and fried grouper, (which we have plenty of around here). And you can either find it with avocados or scallions. It's DEEEELISH! So if the California roll is the only type you like, this would probably set well with you.
And, if you're feeling exotic, try a variation with fried gator tail.
By the way, as I'm always a fan of history, including food history, I figured I would throw in that the California Roll started in the 70's. Created by a chef who knew that many Americans couldn't stomach (pun intended) the idea of eating raw fish. It's original ingredients were crab meat, cucumbers and avocados.
"I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables...."