Eat here: Trippy Taco, Melbourne (Mexican)

Trippy Taco, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

With humble beginnings as a music festival food stall, this place has been a bit of a hipster-and-vegetarian institution since it opened on Smith St in 2006. In 2011, it moved around the corner (and weirdly enough, to another suburb, from Collingwood to Fitzroy) and into a space with the ability to hold around twice as many people. Which is lucky, because I don’t think I’ve ever walked past this place and seen it quiet.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

As part of my sister’s birthday lunch movement (you can see our dessert here and follow her food adventures here), we decided to have a lunch session here. We made our way in early in order to beat the lunch rush (thank goodness), and took a while weeding through the many menu options – everything from burritos to taquitos, tacos to quaesedillas.  We settled on the tacos – the mixed meal (we both wanted to try both tacos).

What came out were two absolutely monstrous tacos, loaded up so high we could barely see the tortillas.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

They were, quite frankly, incredible. The tofu had enough of a kick without burning your mouth, and black beans were actually really tasty, and all the accompaniments were simple enough to work in perfect harmony with each other. The tortillas were soft and held together really well under the rest of it – we did, however, have to eat our tacos with a knife and fork, as they were wayyyy too big to contemplate moving lifting!! The best part of it though, I think, is the fact that it wasn’t oily, greasy, over the top, Mexican-by-numbers crap – we finished the meal full, without feeling heavy and sick. Perfect.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

There’s a reason this place has been so popular for so long – good service, great food, happy atmosphere, and definitely worth visiting over and again!


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