Mexican Mojo

On September 16, Mexicans around the world will celebrate Mexico's Independence Day (Grito de Dolores). On this day in 1810, the Grito de Delores (‘Cry of Dolores’) was declared from the Mexican town of Dolores by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest. His passionate speech encouraged thousands of impoverished Mexicans to rally against the Spanish colonists, thus signifying Mexico's independence movement.

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Photo:Los Hermanos at Little Hop | Fitzroy VIC.

The unmistakable sounds and sights of vibrant fiestas create a carnival atmosphere all over the country. Statues erected in memory of Father Hidalgo are decorated with red, white and green flowers, the colours of the Mexican flag and popular activities on the day include attending and participating in rodeos, parades and bullfights.

So get your mojo on and celebrate along with Mexico this week via your local Mexican restaurants. We’ve picked out a few standouts from the crowd, but don’t just take our word for it – go, dine, see and taste for yourself.

Viva Zapatas | Williamstown VIC

Established since 1986, the locals of Williamstown have continued returning to Viva Zapatas Mexican Restaurant on Nelson Place to enjoy a sneaky margarita and mouth-watering Mexican cuisine. Be sure to celebrate with them this year as it’s their 30th anniversary!

Cocina Mexican Grill & Cantina | Jindabyne NSW

If the whispering of Mexican cuisine for dinner are answered by shouts of ‘Ole!’ then dash to Cocina Mexican Grill & Cantina on Jindabyne’s Kosciuszko Road.

Mexicali Rose | Richmond VIC

For some 30 years, Mexicali Rose has been the home of authentic Mexican cuisine in Melbourne. Lovers of fine Mexican food continue to descend in their droves on this reliable favourite, located in Richmond’s vibrant Swan Street precinct.

Trippy Taco | Fitzroy VIC

From humble beginnings as a mobile food stall serving street style food back in 2000, Trippy Taco is ready to hold a fiesta of flavours at the drop of a sombrero at their well followed restaurant on Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street.

Pickled Cactus | Gold Coast QLD

Dazzling guests with all the vibrancy of a Mexican poncho, this fiery restaurant delights with stripes and sombreros, exuding a light-hearted, fun ambiance ideal for casual dining.

Mex I Can Eat | Pyrmont NSW

Offering much more than melted cheese and corn chips, enjoy a spicy adventure to Mexico at Mex I Can Eat restaurant on Pyrmont’s Harris Street. Large groups gather to fiesta with a banquet of dishes and drinks, while couples treat themselves at tables in an ambient back courtyard.

Frank and Blanco | Sutherland NSW

Frank and Blanco finds a confident flair operating as a trendy daytime café, then later morphing into an evening dining hotspot and lively tequila bar where patrons rush to reserve a table across from an impressively stocked bar.

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Mamasita's Corn Husk wrapped Pork Tamales with Pasilla Salsa and Crema / Styled by Jen Baz Lan.

Mamasita | Melbourne VIC

Like all good things, a table at Mamasita is definitely worth waiting for, so follow the crowd to this Collins Street establishment. This hugely popular eatery has been described as Melbourne’s first true taqueria and its smart wooden benches, banquettes and bar stools remain filled from lunch ’til late.

Blue Pepper Wine Bar Restaurant | Christies Beach SA

Rustic and inviting, inside Blue Pepper is a social affair for regular diners, mingling at an eight metre long bar bench perched on cowhide style cushioned stools or sharing in a fun feasting experience at wide tables underneath the glow of exposed drop lights.

Mexico Lindo | Randwick NSW

Situated on Avoca Street, this fun and funky establishment draws a crowd with tempting bottles of exotic liquor sitting on high shelves like idolised Mayan gods, lording over murals of Day of the Dead inspired artwork as guests mingle below.

Loco Mexican | Victor Harbor SA

Gorge on a fiesta of flavours at Loco Mexican Victor Harbor, a vibrant hotspot to see and be seen in Victor Harbor in the upstairs level of the Harbor Mall. Radiating warm and lively colours, inside feels energetic with a wallpaper backdrop of orange and red apartment buildings and tables in burnt orange adding character, while a window gives a sneak peek into kitchen creations.

If none of our suggestions are in your area, don’t’ worry, justhead over herefor a Mexican restaurant near you. For those that want to experience their own fiesta at home, check out ourMexican recipes.