As far as Mexican food goes, Trippy Taco is hardly ordinary. As the kooky name suggests, a truly different experience begins as soon as you enter.
With a community kitchen kind of vibe, Trippy Taco is lacking the table service which is a given at most eateries. You go up to the counter to order and you retrieve your own cutlery, bottle of water and glass from a small table set up in the corner. You also need to scout for your own table- a real challenge given the popularity of the place.
They're certainly not food snobs at Trippy Taco. with the menu helpfully describing Mexican food in terms of food familiar to most Aussies. The cheese quesadilla is apparently "like a cheese toastie". You really know what you're getting when you order from the menu- even though the names are foreign, a complete description of what's in it can be found under each item.
Everything at Trippy Taco is vegetarian- none of the crumbly minced beef you find in other Mexican eateries. There are plenty of vegan options too. While cheese seems to be a fixture of nearly every item on the menu, you can swap it for vegan soy cheese. Instead of scrambled eggs on your breakfast meals, you can request scrambled tofu. There are a few meals which feature tofu in a starring role, such as tofu asada tacos.
When I went, I ordered the special quesadilla, a monster of a quesadilla with beans, cheese, salsa and avocado. While it tasted good and was very filling, it wasn't the most interesting of dishes. Despite the variety of ingredients, the whole quesadilla had the same flavour. About halfway through it, I got bored of the taste and turned my attention to the basket of trippy fries.
Make sure to order a basket of fries when you visit Trippy Taco. The shoestring fries, covered in smokey flavouring, were the highlight of my Trippy Taco experience. While the taste is similar to the delicious mexicrinkles served at fast food chain Salsa's, Trippy Taco's fries have an extra kick of flavour that can't be beaten.
While Trippy Taco is at the height of coolness, being located just off Smith Street among the trendy Fitzroy crowd, all types can be found there. It is particularly popular with families- and there is plenty on the menu that young children can enjoy. Whether your tastes are spicy or bland, or your diet vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, there's something at Trippy Taco's for everyone- unless you're a carnivore.