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Paco's Tacos

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by Ashley Wallace (subscribe)
Melbourne event enthusiast and moderately priced food eatery reviewer that expects Top Notch service and the use of fresh ingredients at all eateries.
Published July 4th 2014
Spend $6 on a taco kit or get Melbourne's best $6 fish taco
On Friday night after work I met my friends before a football game at Etihad, yes I still have friends even though I am a grumpy old man. I was pretty excited to see what all the fuss about this place. The tacos had been described to me as fresh cheap and delicious tacos.

I needed assistance finding the establishment, located on 500 Bourke St and up the stairs on level 1. I confirm I have since been back and unable to locate it.

I arrived at a little beer garden that I believe would fit right in on Brunswick St. The styling of the venue had plenty of character, which is more than I can say for the cashier.

It is well known that currently Australia is out of shape.

Melbournian's newest craze seems to be unhealthy American diner cuisine. Burgers served wrapped paper and fries with cheesy toppings served in colourful plastic baskets are popping up in Melbourne's foodiest suburbs.

At Paco's Tacos, I was surprised that my nachos and tacos arrived in the classic American diner red oval basket. I had the impression that I was about to embark on a contemporary and fresh taco eating experience. The initial excitement I felt about coming here to eat fresh faded and was instantly replaced with the guilt of eating cheap fast food.

However, the excitement returned after I took my first bite of the fish taco. Despite its messy appearance, The Pescado was simply delicious. Next time I am craving fish and flavour, I will be ordering this Semolina Coated Fish, Chipotle Mayonnaise, Radish & Pickled Zucchini nestled in a soft flour tortilla.

The calamari taco was nice too, but the fish taco was far superior.

Fish Taco and Calamari Taco
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My friend ordered a nachos to share, described on the Paco's Tacos menu as Tortilla Chips, Salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle, Cheddar, & Pepita Seeds. They were tasty, but to be honest after I had drank a few beers (one contained hot sauce) they didn't taste dissimilar to something I could prepare from an Old Ell Paso kit.

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Overall I was somewhat comfortable in my surroundings, confused by the Spicy Beer I drank and delighted with my $6 fish taco. I recommend dining at this established if you're young and hip or older with a good hip (to enable you to walk up the stairs).
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Where: Level 1, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: All tacos $6
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