Sydney Food Diary: El Loco at the Excelsior, Surry Hills

Way back when, in the mists of time, when El Loco opened up at the Excelsior, it was cause for a serious buzz. Merivale was making its mark, and could be counted on to do something interesting. It was before the current wave of Mexican places were open, so seemed like one of the few places serving up interesting tacos with soft tortillas. The drinks were good. They did an amazing hot dog with finely grated cheese. I think it might have opened originally as a pop-up, to see how well it would do, and then just settled into place. Well done, fellows. El Loco seems to have morphed from hot, new bar restaurant to dependable, neighbourhood bar grub.

It’s still around, years later. I had a lunch with some journalism students from Macleay College, talking about blogging, and we had tacos, nachos, and some corn chips and dips. They knew the place already, so I assume it’s popular with the students.

The nachos and corn chips and dips were nothing spectacular but the taco was as good as I remembered it, and I’m sure would have been even better with a Mexican beer or a Margarita.

It was too long between visits. I should be coming back here again sooner… and see if those hot dogs are still as good as they once were.

El loco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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