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Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix


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The origins of the taco are really unknown with many theories about where our favourite Mexican handful was actually first created.

One such theory is that tacos date back to the 18th Century and the silver mines in Mexico where the word ‘taco’ referred to the charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that would be wrapped around the gunpowder and inserted into holes carved in the rock face.

When you think about it, a chicken taco with a really good hot sauce is kind of like a stick of dynamite!

Here are five joints to get a taco fix with amigos:

Gourmet Birria Beef Tacos

Discover street food heaven from around the globe at Street Taste on High Street in Preston. Located in Preston Central, expect a moody vibe of subdued lighting, vibrant murals, exposed brick and recycled timber as fairy lights twinkle overhead and you ponder a menu delivering mouth-watering BBQ meat and gourmet tacos to delight the senses.
 
Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix

Begin a culinary adventure to remember by sharing classic nachos with cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole; moving on to gourmet tacos such as slow-cooked beef brisket, with housemade adobo sauce, pickled red onion, mozzarella and fresh coriander, or battered barramundi, gaulilo cream, peach and rhubarb salsa and pickled cabbage. Finish with a decadent dessert of sticky date pudding, vanilla ice cream, salted caramel and mixed berry compote.

Tacos and Tequila, Arriba!

Always fresh and always a fiesta…that’s the motto of The Mad Mexican on Durlacher Street in Geraldton. Step into a vibe of potted cacti, sombreros and wall murals setting a chilled-out Mexican vibe for imbibing tequilas and tucking into tacos; grab a grapefruit and jalapeño Margarita to get the party started, then graze on crispy chicken wings with smoky and sweet chipotle BBQ sauce.
 
Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix

Drop in for Taco Tuesday and wrap your hands around beef tacos with lettuce, tomato salsa, sour cream and cheese, or Mexican beer-battered whiting on a bed of crisp lettuce and tomato salsa, finished with tangy sour cream and mango salsa; perhaps a prawn taco bowl hits the mark with hot queso, rice, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream and guacamole, or a Mexican parmy with spicy Napoli sauce, salsa, jalapeños and melted cheese.

Mix and Match Your Tacos

Located in the heart of Fitzroy, Hecho en Mexico on Brunswick Street has been serving authentic flavoursome cuisine from this flagship restaurant for more than a decade. A pink and aqua neon vibe awaits along with vibrant murals and a well-stocked bar promising cheeky cocktails to get the night started, while exposed brick, authentic accents and potted greenery add a rustic touch; take a seat to peruse an extensive menu of all your Mexican faves.
 
Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix

Mix and match your tacos and chow down on choices like beer-battered fried prawns, topped with green papaya and carrot slaw, pickled onion, garlic jalapeño aioli and ricotta salata cheese; or achiote marinated and orange-infused pulled pork shoulder, pineapple, corn salsa, chimichurri and ricotta salata cheese, washed down with an ice-cold cerveza like a Corona.

Fun and Funky Taqueria

Eat, drink and love tacos at Melbourne’s Mexican wonderland, Si Senor Art Taqueria on Carlisle Street in Balaclava. As soon as you enter this venue, it is like stepping back into your Mexican holiday with each section projecting a unique feel – there are large custom artworks on the wall – while a covered backyard is ideal for lazy afternoons with a Margarita in hand.
 
Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix

This fun and funky taqueria covers all cravings from tacos to chunky guacamole, burritos oozing cheese and mesmerising cocktails; drop in on a Tuesday and say gracias to tacos like steak, caramelised onions, coriander, Spanish onion, avocado and tomato salsa, or smoked lamb shoulder, avocado and green salsa, chipotle potato cubes and pico de gallo. Those with ravenous appetites can opt for the taster tray and try all 10 of Si Senor’s famous tacos.

Fiesta Together with Tacos and Tequila

Cheer, feast and fiesta together at Maheno’s on Rainbow Beach Road in Rainbow Beach. This Mexican alleyway cantina and bar oozes authenticity with a rainbow and cactus mural, sombreros on the walls and twinkling fairy lights to set the mood for tacos and tequila with amigos.
 
Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday – 5 Joints to Get a Taco Fix

Don your sombrero and pair a salty Margarita cocktail with street eats like sizzling garlic prawns, served on a hot skillet with garlic bread; before tempura Baja fish tacos served on a traditional rack with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, or slice a knife into flame-grilled steak topped with salsa, cheese sauce, jalapeños, fiesta rice and salad, best enjoyed with a jug of housemade Sangria.

Featured Locations

Mexican    $$$$$

Hecho en Mexico Fitzroy

Located in the heart of Fitzroy, Hecho en Mexico on Brunswick Street has been serving authentic flavoursome cuisine from this flagship restaurant for more than a decade. A pink and aqua neon vibe a...

Mexican    $$$$$

Si Senor Art Taqueria

Eat, drink and love tacos at Melbourne’s Mexican wonderland, Si Senor Art Taqueria on Carlisle Street in Balaclava. As soon as you enter this venue, it is like stepping back into your Mexican holid...

Fusion    $$$$$

Street Taste

Discover street food heaven from around the globe at Street Taste on High Street in Preston. Located in Preston Central, expect a moody vibe of subdued lighting, vibrant murals, exposed brick and r...

Mexican    $$$$$

The Mad Mexican

Always fresh and always a fiesta…that’s the motto of The Mad Mexican on Durlacher Street in Geraldton. Step into a vibe of potted cacti, sombreros and wall murals setting a chilled-out Mexican vibe...

Mexican    $$$$$

Maheno's

Cheer, feast and fiesta together at Maheno’s on Rainbow Beach Road in Rainbow Beach. This Mexican alleyway cantina and bar oozes authenticity with a rainbow and cactus mural, sombreros on the walls...

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