Wrap your hands around Brisbane's best tacos

17 March 2016

Okay, we’ve got a lot to taco-bout. Whether you’ve got a penchant for hard or soft shell, these restaurants and bars deliver the Mexican (and Spanish) goods. Wrap your hands around these top-notch tacos in Brisbane. 

Red Hook

Gresham Lane, Brisbane City

Red Hook tacosTucked away in Brisbane City’s Gresham Lane, Red Hook is the ultimate American hang-out serving New York-style street food. The specialty may be burgers, but really we’re here for Taco Truck Tuesdays. You’ve got a choice of two tacos for $15, so what’ll it be? Take your pick of duck, pork, beef, chicken or vego. 

Pepe’s Newmarket

Newmarket

Pepe's NewmarketHey there northsiders, get on down to Pepe’s Newmarket for your taco fix. Fresh crumbed Barra comes wrapped with all your favourite fillings in a soft flour tortilla. If that’s not enough, Pepe’s is home to the largest selection of tequila in Brisbane. Bottom’s up! 

Sin Vida

Fortitude Valley

Celebrate the Day of the Dead every day at Sin Vida. With a taco for each day of the week, you’ll never run out of options. Try the chicken taco with avocado and valentine hot sauce or the smoky slow-cooked beef brisket with pico de gallo and grilled corn mayo. There’s two vegetarian choices and all come in a soft corn tortilla. 

Fiesta Ole

Auchenflower

Gather your amigos for a fiesta of chilled 3L beer tubes, top-shelf tequilas and fresh tacos. Take your pick of the pork tacos that have been marinated in a combination of dried chillies, spices and pineapple for punchy flavour, or play it safe with traditional tacos. 

La Quinta

Bulimba

A popular haunt with the local Bulimba crowd, La Quinta brings the flavours of Mexican street food to Oxford St. Don’t let the lines deter you, it’s well worth the wait with generous portions ensuring you won’t go hungry. Ready to order? Place your flag in the cactus to signal your waiter. In addition to tacos that burst at the seams, this is the place to get your RDI of cheese. Yes, please. 

Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen

Fortitude Valley

Bloodhound Corner Bar and KitchenBloodhound’s signature tacos bring fans back again and again. Head Chef Gabriel Escalante-Gafau’s Latin-American inspired menu centres on the authentic Mexican soft corn tacos as the hero dish. We recommend the creamy corn truffle with hominy corn kernels, mozzarella topped with pico de gallo, or the traditional ox tongue taco with salsa verde, fresh onion and coriander – go on, give it a go.

St Baxter

New Farm

St Baxter

Laid-back Californian-style eats are at the heart of St Baxter. With five taco options, it’s a tough choice. Stand-outs include the crispy soft-shell crab with green mango salad, and veal tongue with burnt red onion, chimi-churri and grated haloumi. 

Juan More Taco

Various locations

Why go to the tacos when the tacos come to you? Find the Juan More Taco truck parked outside the Coorparoo Bob Jane T-Mart on Friday nights, or keep an eye on the roving locations that change weekly. With more tacos than you can poke a bottle of tequila at, it’s your one-stop shop. 

Los Villanos 

The Barracks

Los Villanos Mexican KitchenWho needs to fly to Mexico when you can visit Los Villanos with your amigos for authentic Mexican fare and killer cocktails? Enjoy the famous El Teddy's Classic Margarita with a plate full of pulled pork, kingfish or chorizo tacos. 

Chur Burger

Fortitude Valley

Burgers may be the name of the game, but Chur Burger’s tacos are worth writing home about. The chilled beats and attentive staff will have you coming back time again. The distinctly Queensland prawn, chilli mayo and pineapple taco makes our tastebuds sing, while the mushroom taco with sweet potato, pickled red onion, feta and candied pumpkin seeds will keep your veg-loving amigos happy. 

Beach Burrito

Fortitude Valley and West End

Beach Burrito’s casual, easy-going vibe perfectly matches the fresh and healthy Mexican bites on offer. Kick back with Tuesday’s $3 taco special, or if you’re feeling famished, give the giant fish tacos a crack. 

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