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SNEAK PEEK: El Camino Cantina

Oh Mexican food, how we love you! It doesn’t matter how many Mexican restaurants open on the Gold Coast, we are always frothing to welcome another into the fray.

Who doesn’t love copious amounts of frozen margaritas? Nobody that’s who. Given that a Texas/Mexican trip might be a while away, we are all about getting out to support local venues where we can still throw on a sombrero and yell out a couple of olé’s for a fun time.

So in just a few short weeks, Robina will be home to the newest Tex-Mex restaurant on the GC, El Camino Cantina. There’s been quite a bit of hype in the lead-up to this opening and now we know why.

Opening at 4pm on Wednesday 22nd of July, this opening will coincide with their weekly Wing Wednesday.

What’s Wing Wednesday you ask? How do 10c buffalo chicken wings sound with a drink purchase? That’s right friends… as many 10c wings you can eat! We’ll let you work out the math on that for a minute.

Stepping inside the 280-seat restaurant and bar you’ll be hit with an explosion of colour, neon signage, cacti, crosses and any other Mexican paraphernalia you could possibly think of.

The fun interior vibe brings the vibrancy of Mexico to The Promenade at Robina Town Centre but the fun doesn’t stop there.

The alfresco eating space features zigzagging overhead festoon lights taking the party outside. There simply isn’t a bad seat in the house. We’re big private booth girls, but if you have a larger group, the lower dining tables are fit for your crew!

The large TV’s scattered around the restaurant will keep you toe tapping to the consistent stream of music videos playing, so absolutely no need for small chat.

This particular venue also has a large feature wall boasting a whole-of-wall mural of surfer skeletons by Australian punk music and surf art icon Ben Brown, paying homage to our surf lifestyle.

Okay, enough about the interior vibes, let’s talk about the epic eats and frozen margaritas. The Tex-Mex menu boasts all of your favourites in hearty serves.

Wings served with blue-cheese mayo (three levels of heat available), nachos covered in melted cheese, fresh chargrilled fajitas and 8 types of tacos will all keep your belly happy. A heat index enables the chilli lovers of the world to spice up their dish to appropriate tear jerking temps.

Well it’s certainly going to be thirsty work getting through their menu, but ponder no further and grab one of their signature margaritas. Served shaken or frozen and in five delicious flavours: classic, strawberry, mango, tropical or the limited-edition flavour that changes every month (this sounds like a fun game of roulette).

And what goes well with a sweet frozen margarita? A bottomless baskets of COMPLIMENTARY tortilla chips with vibrant salsas, El Camino Cantina really have thought of it all. Sorry, did you want us to ever leave?

When you eventually do, you’ll probably want to come back for their $2 Tuesday Tacos, oh it never ends.

So for the most Mexicellent time, head to Robina’s new El Camino Cantina from the 22nd of July.

LOCATION: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 11.30am-10pm, Sunday 11.30am-7pm

Words by Carly Snodgrass
Photos supplied by Rockpool Dining Group

Fiesta vibes and frozen margaritas set to shake up Robina

All things Mexican are okay by us. Tasty, flavour-packed eats, yes please. Big old hats to wear whilst indulging in said tasty, flavour-packed eats, definitely. Bright pops of colour absolutely everything and best of all, margaritas, keep those coming.

Mexi-goodies pretty much equal happiness all round which is why the news of a brand new Tex Mex eatery’s imminent arrival in Robina has us very excited.

It’s called El Camino Cantina and you may have heard of it. The good time venue already has three restaurants in Queensland and our little Robina is set to become home to the fourth.

The legendary venue is known for colour-filled party vibes featuring neon lights, fluorescent signage and plenty of eye-catching little touches dotted throughout. The newbie will take over Robina’s Lord of the Wings site, bringing a 280-seat space to the Mexi-loving people.

The menu is a big one filled with all your favourites including complimentary and unlimited chips with salsas to start, plus a selection of soft-shelled tacos, sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, buffalo wings, nachos and other classic Tex-Mex dishes. All of those please.

Signature margaritas are served shaken or frozen, and in six tempting flavours: classic, strawberry, mango, tropical Red Bull, a margarita and sangrita fusion, and a limited-edition flavour that changes every month. Beer lovers can sample a range of Australian craft and flagship Mexican draught and bottled cervezas.

Combining a fusion of Tex-Mex flair and urban edge, El Camino Cantina is the perfect place to refuel during a shopping spree, relax for pre-or post-movie drinks, or just enjoy super-chilled, music-filled, sunset-soaked soirees with margaritas.

One of our absolute favourite things to do.

Our very own El Camino Cantina is due to open in early May at Robina Town Centre, so keep your eyes peeled for that fun time.

LOCATION: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Dracula’s colourful, new Mexican carnival-inspired show

Exciting news for all you theatre cabaret lovers, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant launched their brand new show just a few short weeks ago and the creepy crew are back at it again.

The newbie titled Muertos; which means dead in Spanish and the latest carnival de carnage is set to be a wild celebration that absolutely explodes on the Broadbeach stage.

It’s a tribute to Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, moving at the bone-rattling pace you’ve come to know and love from Australia’s long running dinner slash theatre show.

There’s carnival-inspired acts, death-defying aerial acrobatics, live tunes from the clever crew and of course, the hilarious brand of comedy only Dracula’s can provide.

Muertos is all vibrant colours and hip-gyrating flamenco meshed with high energy Latin dance. Add dancing skeletons, galloping corpses, rocktacular live music, big wigs and lots of bare skin and you’ve got quite the time.

The Mexican theme has crept into every part of the iconic venue, including the menu, wine list and décor. How good.

Delivering the ultimate entertainment and live music experience, the show appears across five stages, as well as mid-air above the audience.

The talented cast lineup features crowd favourite, Coco Inia Dewar, renowned acrobatic adagio duo Lauren Skapalova and Bray Garcia, señorita deliciosas Amber Dawn-Finch and Sarah Douch, backed by the amazing live music talents of Viola Skyes and Tomi Gray.

Muertos, Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant (image supplied)

For the uninitiated, Dracula’s is a world of nocturnal decadence, with mouth-watering dinner treats and tequila laced cocktails – presented by waiters with unrestrained lip-service.

Plus there’s a ghost train ride that’ll get you every time.

Packages start $59 per person for supper club, show only tickets with optional tapas menu, or $95 per person for a succulent three-course dinner and show experience.

Get on it.

LOCATION: 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
WHEN: Five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday

Where to grab a Gold Coast takeaway Mexi-fiesta

Tacos, La Diosa Mexicana (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Tacos, La Diosa Mexicana (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Just mention the word Mexican and we are there for it. Mexican food, Mexican beer, Mexican tequila, give us everything RIGHT NOW (please).

Which is why it’s exciting that Cinco de Mayo came around again and we got to spend the whole day fiesta-ing. Did you forget? No worries, no excuse necessary to order Mexican.

Here are a few Mexi-spots where you can get some takeaway food (and margies). How fun.

Montezuma’s
It’s a Mexi-fiesta at Montezuma’s at the Labrador, Surfers Paradise, Worongary and Burleigh Heads venues with all their usual delicious eats up for grabs to takeaway. Fill up your tummy with all of the nachos, chimchangas and (our fave) Queso and wash it down with some takeaway Sangria and that’s one night you won’t soon forget. Feast time!
Where: 62 Frank St, Labrador; Aloha Building, 8 Trickett St, Surfers Paradise; 1 Mudgeeraba Rd, Worongary and Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Burleigh Heads

La Diosa Mexicana 
This sweet Surfers gem is serving their menu to takeaway and that’s a good enough reason as any to grab some grub. There’s $3 Taco Tuesday so you can load up on that good time or grab some quesadillas, churros and burritos for a little taste of everything. Find them in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise

Guzman y Gomez
Your favourite Mexican mates are slinging the goods all day everyday at their various Gold Coast locations. There’s affordable burritos and bowls all day, at every store and if that’s not a reason to celebrate, we will eat our sombreros.
Where: 143 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads; Robina Town Centre, Robina, 22/8 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise; The Oracle, Broadbeach; Harbour Town, Biggera Waters; Cnr. Mortensen Rd & Pappas Way, West Nerang

Bonita Bonita
Mermaid’s beloved Mexi-eatery is of course, all over the takeaway action including very good nachos, tacos and all of the things really. They’re also doing a DIY margie kits for just $14 and all you have to do is shake, pour and enjoy. GREAT. We’ll take seven.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Frida Sol
Frida Sol

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The Nobby’s beach favourite are all about fresh, Cali-style Mexi eats so you know whatever you order, it will be top notch. From burritos to tacos and bowls, they’ve got you covered. The best part? You can order takeaway margarita packs that come with everything you need to get the party happening. Sorted.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Margarita Cartel
The newest of the bunch is Burleigh Heads’ Margarita Cartel and have they got some good takeaway options happening at the moment. How does a Cartel Value Pack sound? We know, divine. Get one for either two or four people and add an $8 margarita or three. Epic eats by the way.
Where: Shop 2, 1840 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Hail Mary
The Burleigh faves are serving up their exceptional goodness and they’re delivering too! They’ve got every single delicious menu item you could possibly want, they’re all some of the yummiest around. Wash it all down with a takeaway beer, wine or margarita and throw a blanket out on Burleigh Hill and you’re golden. Good times.
Where: 6/26 James St, Burleigh Heads

Frida Sol
They’ve been on the Palm Beach block for a little while now and they’ve made quite the mark on all of us ever since. Quite obviously, they’re serving up all their usual goods for takeaway. You can also get takeaway beers and they’re delivering for a little fee. Perfect for the good people of Palmy. And everywhere really.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Beach Burrito
Your favourite Cooly Mexi-joint is getting in on the action too with their usual array of exceptional burritos PLUS takeaway frozen margaritas, the OG margaritas and homemade sangria. Grab all of that and set yourself up with a picnic across the road, overlooking the ocean and thank us later.
Where: The Strand, Shop 25/26, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta

The Aztec
It’s always a good time at The Aztec in Coolangatta, especially when they deliver the Mexi-goodness right to your door (available for selected suburbs). Head to this southern favourite for guaranteed good times and a tasty taco or two. They certainly know what’s up when it comes to flavour-filled eats.
Where: 152 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith

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