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11-13 Carlisle Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
20 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD. The number 96 lightrail tram is the quickest link between Melbourne CBD and St Kilda.
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Nothing will stop Radio Mexico fans from crowding in and if you, too, can bear the wait, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Set on a prime corner location on Carlisle Street, this bayside taqueria and bar has a laid-back beachy vibe thanks to an informal fit out and a casual all-day eating approach.
Just like out of a vintage postcards from Baja, streamers hang from worn-wooden tables and chilled-out beats croon over the speakers. The restaurant is divided into an indoor area and semi-outdoor space but, in true Melbourne style, there's a fireplace to warm up the place and a great mural painted on the wall.
When you finally take a seat, the menu may be simple but it's full of promise. Start with totopos, classic corn chips, arriving with a selection of homemade salsas, or opt for the ones topped with crabmeat slaw. It doesn't take long to realise that the star of Radio Mexico is the humble taco, given a contemporary spin with fillings like pulled-pork and pineapple; BBQ Moreton bay bug and slaw; or slow roasted lamb. The tacos are small enough to order a selection to share, but we recommend a couple of sides including roasted pumpkin salad, goat cheese and quinoa salad or maybe a generous glass of rockling, avocado and grapefruit ceviche. If you need a drink, the boys at the bar mix a great margarita, or try Radio Mexico's take on the infamous espresso martini - it's shaken up with tequila here.
Slip in early to avoid the queues at Radio Mexico and get carried away in the festive beat and tasty, Mexican dishes.