East Brisbane welcomed terracotta-coloured taqueria La Bodega in late 2023 with enthusiasm. Here, Mexican cuisine by way of Los Angeles is the focus, with nods to the LA food-truck scene shaping La Bodega’s menu of approachable fare, which, as you might expect, is big on tacos. In the kitchen, a slowly spinning vertical TROMPO grill lovingly cooks La Bodega’s adobe pork al pastor, which is carved and served on tortillas with grilled pineapple salsa and a sprinkling of slaw. Though a must-try option, you’d be remiss to skip La Bodega’s other taco selections, which include Yucatan chicken with chipotle crema, grilled rump steak asada with chimichurri, Tecate-battered barramundi, slow-cooked Mojo jackfruit with grilled queso. As for the larger gear, be sure to keep an eye out for the enchilada – a layered number reminiscent of a Mexican-style lasagna. The restaurant’s liquor licence is on its way – once it arrives expect a beverage menu boasting Mexican beers, tequila and mezcal, built drinks (margaritas and palomas are a given) and slushy machines churning out refreshingly zesty sips.