Guzman y Gomez

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The recently published “Australia’s 100 best eats” includes the Northbridge G y G franchise, extremely rare for what is essentially a fast food outlet. The menu consists of a limited range of tex-mex cuisine that you can mix and match according to your preferences. The usual suspects are on offer: burritos, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas.

You can choose spicy or mild versions of the chicken, pork or steak, and mild versions of fish or vegetables.
Sauces comprise guacamole, roasted tomato (mild), pico de gallo and tomatillo (spicy). My friend The Prof and I were on the hunt for food after a Fringe Festival event, and the popular bars and Northbridge eateries had queues out the door.

G y G is on James St a few steps from the frantically busy Papparich’s, so it was an easy choice really. Fast, cheap and plenty of seats for peeps like us who refuse to queue for food.

We both chose the spicy chicken enchilada and it was only later that I noticed the kilojoule content was a whopping 4620!
Whew! Damn those kilojoules. Well, it was a massive enchilada; not exactly diet food.

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The enchilada was packed with rice, black beans, delicious smoky char-grilled chicken, cheese and pico de gallo, and topped with guacamole cheese and salsa. Neither of us could finish, and you certainly don’t need any side dishes with this giant. We did however, wash it down with a Corona. I guess that’s another thing that separates G Y G from other fast food outlets – you can enjoy a cider or Mexican beer with your meal.

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You can dine in or eat at one of the long benches outside if you fancy a bit of people watching, and we all know that Northbridge is one of the best spots for that.

One of the staff members when clearing our table was genuinely interested to hear our thoughts on the food, and was keen to discuss the menu items with us.

Does G y G deserve to be on the “top 100” list? That I can’t say, but I can say that the food is delicious, the service friendly, and the price tag is reasonable. A winning combo, really.

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