Dining at Mamasita, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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¡Ay, caramba! Fresh off the tortilla press comes a steady stream of warm Mexican eateries that are reinforcing Melbourne's affectionate reputation as the Mexico of Australia.

Say adios to the Tex Mex of yore and open your corazon to Mel Mex, an interpretation of Mexican food that's fresh, vibrant, experimental, spicy, perfect for sharing, and just made for matching with boozy beverages. Melbourne's Latino taquerias and restaurants sing in summer and offer a culinary escape from the depths of winter.

Standing in a slow-moving queue on the narrow stairs at Mamasita is a Melbourne rite of passage. And it's completely worth it. Mamasita kick-started the craze for street corn (elotes callejeros) that has revolutionised the small yellow cobs, and nurtured a new love for tostaditos and ceviche. They showed just how gauche hard shell tacos really were and made immediate connoisseurs of the warm tortilla. Most important was the discovery that tequila doesn't always need to be accompanied with lime and salt, and has subtleties to be discussed at length.

Hot on their heels came a host of young upstarts, determined to take Mexican food to the masses. Taco Truck does exactly that, roving the city's northside with its soft-shelled delights. Touche Hombre is the young punk of the set with its DJ tunes and spicy flair, while Paco's Tacos gives the lunchtime crowd sustenance for weekday afternoons.

Check out the Mexican in your barrio and find a favourite.

La Ciudad

Mamasita, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mamasita

Waste not a minute more to try Mamasita, with its trailblazing Mexican menu, huge array of tequilas and the buzz of being Melbourne's hottest spot.

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Pacos Tacos, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.

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Touche Hombre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Touché Hombre

Find salvation from souvas and dumplings with Touché Hombre's tostaditos, grilled corn, ceviche and tacos plus mescal, DJ tunes and lairy décor.

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El Norte

Chingon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chingón

Take it to the streets at Chingón, street for 'awesome' and serving up six awesome street-food style tacos in a no-frills shop on Swan Street.

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Taco Truck, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Taco Truck

Follow that truck! Track down Melbourne's roaming purveyor of fine soft tortillas and dig into meat, fish or vego tacos with a big old pile of guac.

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Los Amates, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Los Amates

Accept responsibility for piling warm tortillas high with a range of well-executed taco fillings, and delight in yummy mole and smoky chipotle prawns.

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Hungry Birds, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hungry Birds

Join Brunswick locals embracing the very niche NBN enabled WiFi cafecito for Italian and Mexican breakfast and lunch, like delicious huevos rancheros.

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Trippy Taco, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Trippy Taco

Take a Mel Mex pilgrimage to the brightly coloured Trippy Taco for vegetarian Fresh Mex street food. Sit outside and enjoy a cocktail in the sun.

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Fonda Mexican, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fonda Mexican

Sip a funky martini or horchata from a jar and nibble healthy soft tacos and charred corn while you watch Richmond go by from your curb-side stool.

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El Sud

Newmarket Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Newmarket Hotel

Arm yourself with an arsenal of microbrews and pig out on saloon food with Latino influences at the Newmarket, a gritty space with St Kilda glamour.

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Radio Mexico, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Radio Mexico

Turn up your radio, 'cause you're gonna like what you're about to hear. Fresh. Healthy. Tasty. Democratic. Goes great with beer. It's Radio Mexico!

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Bluecorn restaurant, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bluecorn

Start with a brunch burrito and see out the day in the St Kilda courtyard, channelling Cancun with a Corona and fish tacos, or blue corn enchiladas.

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Guacamole Dip

Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

Fiesta has been serving fresh, modern and authentic Mexican for over 30 years. Established in 1984, located on the famous Toorak Road in South Yarra,...

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