Remember those U-shaped, Doritos-style tacos stuffed with mince you ate as a kid? Yeah, keep those memories tucked way back in the part of your brain reserved for 80s nostalgia.
You see, we are transient folk these days and once you’ve tasted the real tacos from the streets of Mexico you will never cross a ground meat, crunchy taco again!
So what makes the perfect taco? Softness and freshness. The filling? Try grilled fish or other sumptuous meats such as slow-cooked, shredded pork. Now add a little crisp red cabbage, fresh herbs (coriander is king), a slice of avocado, some home-made salsa, chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime juice, and there you have soft, drippy taco perfection. Si, si!
So hold onto your sombreros as we give you our taco faves from the best Mexican restaurants on the Sunshine Coast:
We rate La Canteena pretty highly. Mixing a new-school beer garden in the heart of Maroochydore with chilled-out tunes, frozen margaritas that make a strong case for seconds, and let’s not forget, their perfectly soft tacos. Our pick? Tacos De Carnita—two handmade soft tacos stuffed with juicy pulled pork, fresh cilantro, lime, mint and a mango salsa that’ll have even the mango-haters licking their lips. Mm-mmm!
Where: 19 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Village Bicycle Noosa
The chilled beer is flowing at this uber trendy locals’ hangout and the tacos are piled high. There’s graffitied walls and an old-school surf vibe, but it’s the tacos here that have patrons gagging for more salsa. Vegetarian? Village Bicycle’s vego option will not disappoint, and you may even spot a pro surfer while you are at it. Eat with one eye open!
Where: Corner Noosa Parade and Bottlebrush Avenue, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5324 1123
Bright, cheery and tasty, this Mexican-cantina-meets-rustic-beach shack overlooks the stunning blues of Maroochy River. Prickly Pinata‘s plates are designed to be shared with friends, so grab all your pals (and loosen your jean buttons) for a taco-tastic extravaganza! Our picks are the shredded beef or crispy fried prawns. There’s also chicken, pork, salmon, vegetable, and fish varieties. You’re welcome!
Where: Shop 1, Space Building, 45 the Esplanade, Cotton Tree
Cheap and tasty with a Sunny Coast spin (think spicy, tropical goodness), Taco Boy is killing it on the Coast, now at three locations. Try the grilled chicken, marinated yucatan-style in garlic, smoked paprika, fresh lime juice, and achiote paste. Gracias!
Where: Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba and Nambour
Jake’s Place Mexican Cantina
Jake’s Place is all about the cool vibes, even cooler margaritas and of course epic tacos. This pumping little cantina offers a popular Taco Tuesday special with three tacos and a bevvy for $20. That’s pocket money! Go the pulled pork taco. You heard it here first.
Where: 2/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach
It’s kooky, eclectic and a little hip-hop-esque, but this seaside restaurant and bar packs a serious punch in the soft tortilla department. With DJs spinning old-school vinyl on the weekends, the vibe at Mooshka is relaxed and cosy. And the fish tacos will make your life complete with wild barramundi, cos lettuce, sour cream, and chilli jam. So grab your post-swim taco and sundowner here.
Where: 6/46 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach
Contact: 07 5474 5571
Guzman Y Gomez
This chain of delicioso Mexican fare is slowly taking over the world (well Australia, Singapore, and Japan), but when it finally landed in Kawana our taco-salivating taste buds heaved a sweet sigh of relief. And it’s lived up to every bit of expectation. Guzman Y Gomez‘s soft corn tortilla boasts succulent meat or veggies, house-blend salsa, pico de gallo, and fresh lime. Holy guacamole!
Where: Kawana Shoppingworld, 119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina
Contact: 07 3188 1713
OK it’s a food truck, but not just any ol’ “gut truck” as the tradies coin them. These gourmet-chefs-on-wheels offer some pretty fancy fodder these days. Popping up at a market, event or laneway near you, mark the Ensenada-inspired fish tacos high on your Mexican feasting bucket list. Run by three local amigos, Puerto Tacos even featured on Channel Seven’s cooking show, Restaurant Revolution. So never diss the food truck again!
Where: Scooting across the Coast to an event near you Contact:
These guys smash 10kg of fresh avocados in store every day, which means your Mad Mex taco comes with a side of seriously toned biceps. If you prefer your plate loaded with colour, these tacos are built with yellow, brown, black, red, white, and several shades of green! So it’s straight from paddock to tortilla in this eatery. Go straight for the soft flour taco piled high with your favourite fillings.
Where: Sunshine Plaza, 164 Horton Parade, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5451 0764
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