A few weeks ago we leaked the news that Lucas and Erin Schranz, of Easy Street and Luckies Diners' fame, were on the verge of opening a sweet new Mexican food venue in Burleigh. Well the time has come friends, tacocat is here, and with it comes all the magical mexi-vibes James Street has been longing for.
Found down a little alleyway just off the main drag, tacocat makes a bold statement painted in the brightest of blue hues (and a smidge of pastel pink for good measure) and a neon sign reading “hustle” lighting the way.
Once inside it’s all about good food, good company and good times. Lucas and Erin, who clearly know a thing or two about running a vibin’ venue, simply wanted to bring the tastiest of Mexican eats, and a little party atmosphere, to the people. And that they did (again).
So the food. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll start with the Fundito Guacamole topped with pork crackle, crispy chicken skin, corn crunch and cheese crisps – taste sensation. There’s also everyone’s (read: ours) favourite mexi-dish, Cheesy Corn Queso Dip which we’ll take by the buckload, thanks. The Kingfish Ceviche, cured with lime and topped with ruby grapefruit and jalapenos, also comes highly recommended (obviously).
For mains grab yourself a Tostada with Cerveza Negra Beef Cheek and pico de gallo or a Taco with green (herbed) chorizo, roast potatoes and avocado verde. Veggie friends look no further than the Zucchini Flower Taco with goats curd, chipotle cream and crispy cheese.
The good folks at tacocat also offer a range of house-created margaritas (yesss) some of which include the likes of smoked honey, habanero chillis and apple cheeks.
Cocktail extraordinaire Rupert has also created some very special non-tequila laden cocktails for those of us who may not be friends with the Mexican specialty spirit. The Flamingo is the go, made with Calle 23 Blanco, strawberry, chipotle, lime and Mexican lager.
If you’re keen for night of Mexican festivities fuelled by some of the best food around, dance your way down to tacocat, you know you want to.
LOCATION: 6/26 James Street, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: Wednesday to Friday 5pm until late, Saturday and Sunday 12pm until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith