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From humble beginnings to a national icon, Taco Bill is Australia’s most well-known family of Mexican restaurants. Every outlet offers a menu that’s a fiesta of south-of-the-border food, made with daily fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. From signature fajitas through to hearty mains, Mexican banquets and delicious desserts, Taco Bill’s creative selection is always authentic and full of flavour. It gets hot in here, but Taco Bill’s famous frozen margaritas are on hand to extinguish the most desperate thirst, alongside sangria, local and imported beers, wine, Mexican slushies and more. A neighbourhood favourite, Melbourne’s Blackburn outlet along Railway Road is the perfect place to get acquainted with the Taco Bill dining experience.
On a scorching hot day, the A/C was working very poorly (I actually asked if it was on!); it was no cooler inside than out and we had been looking forward to the relief, so that was a disappointment. The waitress had one of the glasses of my margarita sampler sitting crooked in the holder and some of it spilled on the table. Although she said, "Oh sorry, I'll get you another one," all she did was put napkins under the spill - nothing else. Just left the napkins there. The food was okay, except for one serve of the frijoles, which tasted a bit off. It was a lackluster experience.
Food was good but seemed to take a while to come out. Service ok. Plenty of room to spread out. Children friendly. Could do with better parking.
Taco Bill Blackburn states it has superb service-but it actually has anything but superb service! We had about 5 different waiters over the course of the evening-just anyone who would come over to our table. Once we sat down we had zero customer service. We had to summon over a waiter each time separetely for the following: for water, glasses, to order, then when our friends arrived again for those things for them. They brought out the meals and one Enchilada grande was missing (although my husband double checked with the waitress that she had ordered x2 enchilda grande). The nina nacho's were so tiny that we had to order another 2 lots of them and some rice. Ice cream was ordered for all 4 kids but only 3 serves came out; again we had to remind them that one was missing. This was not a one off experience for this restaurant either. We have been off and on for the past few years since it opended in Blackburn and our experience is always the same-for service I would score them a "0" each time. We went back this time because it was a convenient location to catch the train into the new years eve fireworks, but we will never go back there again. I gave them a score of 3 because my salad was nice enough and my friends enjoyed their fajitas.
It all began back in 1967, when ‘Taco’ Bill Chilcote made his way to Australia from the borderlands of California and Mexico, armed only with ambition and a tortilla machine. The first Taco Bill opened up on the Gold Coast, found runaway success, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now there are dozens of Taco Bill Mexican restaurants dotting Australia’s dining scene, all fixtures in their neighbourhoods, much loved by locals for the exciting Mexican food and drink on offer. The same goes for the Railway Road Taco Bill in Melbourne – always popular with friends and families looking for the spice of life, this Blackburn restaurant is regularly packed to the rafters, so be sure to book!
Taco Bill’s food is quintessentially Mexican – colourful, filled with flavour, and always satisfying. It’s healthy too, with balanced dishes made with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Plus, vegetarians and those on gluten-free diets are looked after here, with plenty of meat-free and wheat-free options, as traditionally Mexican as can be. If this is what you’re after, start with the spinach and potato enchilada served with Taco Bill’s house-made chilli and green tomatillo sauce. Without a doubt the most popular option at Taco Bill’s Mexican restaurant in Melbourne’s Blackburn are the fajitas, marinated rump steak or chicken cooked with onion and capsicum and brought sizzling to your table alongside by Taco Bill’s homemade guacamole, Mexican rice and warm flour tortillas. Aficionados after a proper fiesta should check out the Cancun and Puerto Vallarta banquets for two or more people, offering a lavish survey of Taco Bill’s take on Mexican cuisine. If you still can’t get enough, Taco Bill do external catering so you can bring a little Mexican sun to your doorstep.