Bayside bar and taqueria Radio Mexico satisfies our persistent cravings for tequila, tacos and hot sauce with a simple, well-priced menu in the heart of backpacker town, St Kilda.
Steering the ship next door at Galleon Adele Arkell and her business partner of 15 years, Jackie Bega, the owners are no strangers to the food game, with past ventures that include Las Chicas and Leroy's.
Bega discovered the joys of Mexican food as a 25-year old on the beaches in Mexico, and for Arkell it was a rice and beans experience in NYC that won her over. The pair have hit the mark by marrying a food truck concept with a more extensive menu in a kitchen that looks like a caravan. The bubble shaped beast overlooks a little raised courtyard. Inside, clashing textures, colours and lighting mimic a Central American bar, with Melbourne flair.
The menu boasts hanger steak or saltbush lamb tacos, rockling ceviche and goats milk caramel with toasted coconut ice-cream for dessert. We also suggest you order the chilaquiles: deep-fried tortilla chips with sour cream, avocado and homemade salsa.
As a middle ground between Mamasita and the Taco Truck, Radio Mexico’s fills a tiny gap in the Melbourne foodie scene with its reasonably priced, southside fare and hora feliz from 4pm until 6pm.