Mad Max Mexican -Coffs Harbour

Mad Max Mexican -Coffs Harbour

Where do you go in Coffs Harbour for something cheap and cheery? There have been a few options appearing lately but Mad Max Mexican is giving them all a run for their money.

Mad Max Mexican Logo

Mad Max Mexican Logo

Located in the Coffs Hotel this themed taco joint is full of sombreros, kitch little nick nacks and a colourful atmosphere.

The Mad Max Mexican Restaurant

The Mad Max Mexican Restaurant

I’m out with the kids tonight so I was looking for somewhere kid friendly that wasn’t offering deep fried kids food. Given that my children are always asking for Nachos, Tacos or Wraps for dinner, I was pretty confident this would be a hit.

Kid Friendly Mexican

Kid Friendly Mexican

Looking around the restaurant it seems that other families have discovered the appeal of Mexican for children. It also seemed to be popular with the 20 somethings. Although it was mid week we were very lucky to get a table.

The menu is quite brief, but tasty looking. There are a few more unusual options such as popcorn with chilli and cinnamon and Mexican BBQ Sweet Corn.

Mad Max Mexican Menu

Mad Max Mexican Menu

The kids love corn on the cob so we ordered some of the Mad Max BBQ Corn.  It was a pleasant surprise to find it had some spice mix added to the butter and a lovely charred flavour. Even with the spice the kids managed the chilli without a problem.

BBQ Corn  Mad Max Mexican Style

BBQ Corn Mad Max Mexican Style

Little Miss A decided on a serve of Nachos for her main. The dish came out with a generous serve of beef, beans sour cream and guacamole. There are side options you can add to “pimp your nachos” but for Anais this was more than enough.  She also bit down on her first ever jalapeno and found that she actually enjoyed the chilli.

Beef & Bean Nachos

Beef & Bean Nachos

Locky ordered the soft chicken Taco. I noticed they were only $5.00 a taco so I asked the friendly staff if one would be enough for him.  They suggested that I order two as they are quite small. I ordered two but we probably only needed the one after the corn. Also because Mexican is his favourite food he did manage the second.

Mad Max Mexican Soft Chicken Taco

Mad Max Mexican Soft Chicken Taco

For me the pulled pork burrito was something that I couldn’t go past.  When it arrived it was a fat stuffed burrito, almost more than I could manage on my own. Inside the fillings were rice, lettuce, pulled pork, cheese, refried beans and a salsa sauce.

Pulled Pork Burrito

Pulled Pork Burrito

What I liked most about the food at Mad Max Mexican is the dishes were made the way I would cook them at home.  They weren’t oily, fatty or cheese laden.  The food was fresh, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, good, honesty healthy food, which tasted delicious.

Is it authentic Mexican? I’m guessing no, but I will be back again. This is a healthy, tasty meal that fed the kids and I for $38 with not a piece of fried food in sight.

Perhaps give their Taco Tuesday deal a whirl. Tacos are only $3!! On a side note… I am REALLY not a fan of the paper serving trays.  Seriously!
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Mad Max Mexican

Crn Pacific Highway & West High Street
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Ph: 6652 3817

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  1. That’s a great looking luchadore mural.
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  2. I love any kind of Mexican…bit shameless, whether it’s authentic or not! Lime at Coffs is also an awesome modern mexican restaurant :)
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  3. Nice little menu! The BBQ corn sounds lovely with a spice mix. Loved the colourful photo on top.
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  4. Your children are adorable, Julie! My kids love Mexican food in my neighborhood. It’s always nice to have a quick bite place.
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  5. It’s great to know that you’re serving the kids healthy food even when you’re going out! And I remember absolutely loving Mexican food when I was a kid (and still do).
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  6. Sounds like a fun little place and $3 wow! Coming to the end of my France trip now and I’ll be so glad of a reasonably pried meal! Things here are so expensive! I could also definitely go a taco!

    Krissie x –

  7. And now I’m craving Mexican! Too bad though the nearest good Mexican resto here in my area is over an hour away.. >.<
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  8. Looks like a fun and colorful place!
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  9. Hi Julie, sounds like a fun little place, love all the bright colors. it’s wonderful that your children did not mind the spices, they seem like adventurous eaters.
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  10. Love grilled corn cobs! And lol paper trays are always a struggle, regardless of the cuisine!
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  11. This looks perfect for children ! Nachos, pirates, burrito….your kids looks happy 😉
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  12. We enjoy Mexican too Julie, and I’m glad your kiddies aren’t afraid of a chilli hit! The food sounds yummy, and what a nice change that it’s not gross and greasy :)
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    • Yes!! There’s is nothing worse than getting a plate full of oily cheese… I only sort of mean that, but this Mexican was great!

  13. Thanks for the great tip Julie, this looks like lots of fun xx

  14. Nice one, will remember this for when we are passing through the region. Thanks!
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  15. Alesah Villalon :

    From the Sawtell Chilli Festival, I’m sure jalapenos and a little spice are now a piece of cake for the kids! Who says no-fried-stuff on the menu is boring?!

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