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HOT: Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria – Emporium, 1000 Ann St Fortitude Valley.

Mexican’s not really my scene, unless I’ve got a filthy hangover or nothing but a pack of Doritos in the cupboard left over from the weekend.  But in my eagerness to check out what became of the old Depot sight at Emporium I put my disinterest aside, grabbed a couple of girlfriends and headed to Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria for a Friday lunch.

 To be honest, when we rocked up to GYZ it wasn’t at all what I was expecting:  the restaurant premises are spacious and relaxed, but it’s a strange mix of fast-food, frenzied, high turn over style dining at one end, with calm, friendly alfresco communal dining at the other.  

The rules of engagement at GYZ are pretty straight forward:  line up to order at the counter (behind which are a plethora of cooks on open grills trying to keep up with the orders), take a docket/number and then fend for yourself with regards to getting a seat.  The communal dining at the long bench seats works pretty well, although I think they’ve slightly under catered – there were a heap of people left standing or wandering away to eat, but plenty of space to fill with a few more bench seats in my opinion. 


The first thing that caught our attention on the GYZ menu was the frozen slushy margaritas ($8.50).  Just what we needed on a balmy day, we had one each and sipped on them slowly; the tequila was pretty strong!


Princess and I both chose the chicken guerrero burrito with rice, cheddar cheese, vegetarian black beans, salsa and mildly spicy chicken ($10.50). 

The burritos arrived shortly after ordering and when unwrapped revealed a huge soft tortilla bursting at the seams with all the stuffing.  The ingredients were fresh and whilst the texture of black beans makes my skin crawl a little, I really enjoyed the burrito…not that I could get through it all.


Abs went for a gluten free option of spicy chicken salad, with mixed leaf lettuce, corn, cucumber, pico de gallo salsa and vinaigrette dressing ($10.00).  While a salad doesn’t constitute a meal in my book, Abs was really impressed by it and the helping of chicken was generous. 


Other GYZ menu items include tacos, nachos and quesadilla for around ten bucks.  For what is essentially a fast food chain (yet to take hold in Brisbane; Sydney has 7 locations) GYZ isn’t a bad option at all for a quick, fresh and tasty feed that will well and truly fill you up.  Beware the car park though; you’ll need the parking fairies on your side.

  • Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria – Emporium, 1000 Ann St Fortitude Valley +61 7 3188 1701
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  1. The burrito looks great but I have never seen a taco that big before. Your photos are always great.
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    Posted by Bluegreen Kirk | March 18, 2011, 12:56 am
  2. Thanks Bluegreen Kirk!

    Posted by CazM | March 21, 2011, 2:24 pm

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