Brisbane’s Best Mexican Restaurants | Gourmand & Gourmet | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best Mexican restaurants

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“I don’t like Mexican food,” said no Juan ever!

Lately, fast food Mexican has been giving tacos and nachos a bad rap, and we think it’s about time the real deal came back into the spotlight. So let’s taco ‘bout it.

Are you craving fish tacos or quesadillas? Margaritas or fajitas? Well we’re about to get jalapeño business.

La Quinta | Bulimba

Be sure to peruse the chilli meter on the front page of the La Quinta menu before making your choice, with a range from ‘a little bite’ to ‘extreme’ to choose from. Get your level of spice whether you order the enormous tostada bowl with chilli con carne or a selection of Mexican street food, but just be sure you have nowhere to be in the morning – nine margarita options do not make for a quiet night.

El Camino Cantina | Bowen Hills

If colourful chaos complemented by fresh, char-grilled fajitas and a tower (we repeat, TOWER) of margaritas sounds like the best Tex-Mex experience in Brisbane, then you’ll want to become amigos with the loco folks at El Camino Cantina. With weekend brunch and weekday happy hour specials, they’re always in the mood for a fiesta.

El Torito | West End

While El Torito serves up all the regular Mexican fare with finesse, their true prowess lies in less familiar flavours. Ever heard of chilaquiles? You’ll be glad you did after chowing down on corn chips smothered in sauce and topped with feta cheese, sour cream, guacamole, whole black beans, and shredded beef. What about pollo pibil? Or tinga poblana? We’ll let you discover these delights on your own.

Pepe’s | Newmarket

Breakfast, dinner, kids meals, desserts – what can’t Pepe’s do? If you head in for dinner and want the full Pepe’s Mex-perience, start with the jalapeño poppers and move onto pulled pork tamales – slow cooked BBQ pork steamed in corn husks served with rich chilli con carne.

Comuna Cantina | Brisbane City

The streets of Brisbane start to taste a lot more like the streets of Mexico City when you’re eating at Comuna Cantina. Light up your tastebuds with the flavours of Latin street food as you munch on tacos, quesadillas, nachos and arepas. There’s no finer fuel for dancing in the streets than mucho nachos.

We don’t know about you, but we always have a Mexican restaurant in Brisbane on speed dial in queso emergency.

Words by Rebecca Grady and Josh Schultz