Taco Trip follows Texan born chef Aaron Sanchez on a foodie journey across the US as he explores the Latin side of every city and embarks on a very important mission: finding the world’s best tacos.
With that in mind, we thought it was about time the humble Aussie taco got celebrated.
Slow to develop, the Mexican food scene in Australia is now taking off in a big way, so let’s take our own Taco Trip around this guacamole loving nation and find out where to find the best Mex, the best Tex Mex and the best SoCal fare in your home town….
Mexican-born chef Bruno Carreto opened Los Hermanos in Brunswick in an attempt to celebrate the Mexican street culture of his childhood. With seven tacos on the menu you’re spoilt for choice but it’s hard to go past the barbacoa - leg of lamb on the bone slow cooked and served on an open tortilla with lettuce, onion, coriander and salsa.Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria 339 Victoria Street, Brunswick http://www.los-hermanos.com.au/
This uber cool joint takes its inspiration a little further north of the border - Latino street art in Los Angeles. There’s a grungy 90’s vibe going on in the décor and the feel. Nothing grungy about the nosh though with favourites like grilled corn, ceviche and an ever changing taco menu. Not to mention over 50 varieties of tequila to work your way through.Touche Hombre 233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne http://www.touchehombre.com.au/
Packed to the rafters on a weekend, Dos Senoritas has been serving up simple Mexican dishes in Gladesville for years and has just opened up a second place in Crows Nest. Considered one of Sydney’s most authentic Mexican restaurants, Dos Senoritas is no fuss and no frills. Other than a few sombreros and ponchos on the walls it’s all about the tacos. Choose between gringo style (flour) or street style (corn) and then fill ‘em up with whatever takes your fancy.Dos Senoritas 265D Victoria Road, Gladesville 19 Falcon St, Crows Nest https://dossenoritas.com.au
Dan Hong of Merivale was one of the first to jump on the trendy Mexi bandwagon when he took over the kitchen at the Excelsior hotel and opened El Loco. It’s cheap and cheerful (and always, always heaving with people). Grab yourself a jalapeno margarita and take a risk on a mystery taco (sounds dodgy but tastes great) and get your fiesta on.El Loco 64 Foveaux St, Sydney http://merivale.com.au/elloco
Juan More Taco
Tacos that come to you? Sounds too good to be true but Mexican food truck Juan More Taco does just that. This is gourmet nosh on the go: Yucatan style chicken thighs or slow braised beef plus a bunch of vegetarian and gluten free options. Check their Facebook page for updates of where they’re heading each day.Juan More Taco http://www.juanmoretaco.com.au/
A tequila bar and old-style cantina with a Mexican wrestling theme. Kitschy cool and totally delicious. Try the salchichero taco with chorizo, green mole and toasted pumpkin seeds.Los Villanos The Barracks, Shop 6
61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane http://www.losvillanos.com.au/
Hispanic Mechanic fuses delicious Mexican and Latin American flavours together in a mock-garage location, AKA a Hipsters Paradise. The taco menu is huge and delicious: crispy squid, slow cooked lamb and smoked chicken among the dozen or so delights on offer.Hispanic Mechanic 205 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville SA www.hispanicmechanic.com.au
Hobart is taking off, no more so than in its food scene and this Mexican tequila bar is an awesome addition. Décor wise it’s all moody lighting and stained glass with a glowing bar and skulls on the wall. Food wise? Try everything but this place is all about modern Mexican: pulled pork, coconut prawns and cows tongue tortilla. Oh, and the cocktails. Like Chile de Arbol with tequila, chili liqueur, agave, chili and fresh coriander. Yum-mo.Pancho Villa Corner of Elizabeth St & Pitt St, North Hobart TAS http://www.panchovilla.com.au/
The Taco Taco food truck has been cruising round Hobart for awhile now, slinging $5 tacos with delicious fillings like tamarind & orange pork or beef brisket and pickled cabbage. Check their website or their Facebook page for updates on where they’ll be and get there early- there’s always a queue!Taco Taco http://tacotacotas.com.au/
Lil Tortilla Boi
Another Mexican food truck, this time from Perth. Your usual offerings - pulled pork and fried chicken - but there are a few little extras like delicious burritos and jalapeno cheesy balls.Lil Tortilla Boi http://www.liltortillaboi.com/
Dirty Bandits is one of a few Mexican joints on the Gold Coast and it’s gone all out with its theme - the ghettos of Mexico City. Doesn’t sound like the most appetising place to kick back with a margarita but trust me, there’s nothing ghetto about the food, which is fresh, clean and delicious but with a distinct dive-bar feel.Dirty Bandits 1166 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD
A new addition to Darwin’s foodie scene, Hot Tamale has all your Mexican staples plus the largest tequila collection in the Southern Hemisphere. If that’s not enough to get you there, I don’t know what will.Hot Tamale Building 3, 19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin http://hottamale.net.au/