Sometimes to find culinary authenticity, you have to go directly to the source. Noticing a lack of authentic traditional Mexican in the Brisbane food scene, James Knight and Luisa Tarnawski of Barbacoa travelled to Mexico City to immerse themselves in the Mexican street-food scene. This research went into formulating the menu for Barbacoa’s first location, situated at Coorparoo Square. This quick service outlet boasts a concise but flavoursome selection of morsels ranging from tacos and tostadas, to tortas, burritos and burrito bowls. Barbacoa makes its tortillas fresh on site daily, grilled and kept warm to ensure maximum flexibility. Fillings include slow-cooked meats including shredded beef marinated in spices, steak fried with onions, pork marinated citrus and achiote and chicken cooked in adobo sauce, which are paired with a range of salads. The burritos are made similarly to iconic San Franciscan eatery La Taqueria, made only from beans, meat, pico de gallo, sour cream, and salsa, eschewing rice completely. Patrons can wash down their feast with a selection of Mexican beers, margaritas and Mexican sodas from Jarritos.


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