Smoking Gringos

The west's flavour-packed Mexican spot specialises in birria tacos — and it sold out in just a couple hours on its first Sunday.
Ben Hansen
September 01, 2023

Overview

Smoking Gringos is a viral Mexican restaurant from an acclaimed Sydney hospo veteran that arrived on Muru Way in Blacktown in 2023.

The Western Sydney Mexican restaurant is led by Richard Borg and Jade Jackson. Borg brings experience from a storied culinary career to his latest venture, having previously worked across Momofuku and Park Hyatt before opening Surry Hills' Master and Burger Head in Penrith with a group of mates. Over the last few years, he's been working under the Smoking Gringos name, serving up juicy barbecued meats — first in Kingswood and then out of the kitchen at Newtown pub Websters.

Mexican eats at Smoking Gringos in Sydney.

Now, Smoking Gringos has reemerged in Western Sydney, bringing its passion for perfectly tender meat to a new canvas: birria tacos. The idea to open a Mexican joint was first fostered after doing a birria special in Kingswood, which Borg says customers "went ballistic" for.

"A lot of the birria we've had in Sydney kind of misses the mark," he told Concrete Playground. "We make all the meat before we finish it in the broth to give it a bit more body — a bit more flavour."

The specialty at Smoking Gringos is the quesa taco, a three-corn tortilla dipped in marinade and fried before being topped with three kinds of cheese, coriander, onion and your choice of beef or chicken. Each serve is paired with pickled onions, lime, consommé for dipping, and a selection of salsas made fresh in-house every day — the habanero is the chef's favourite.

Smoking Gringos in Sydney.

If you want to take things up a notch, opt for the mulitas, which Borg describes as a "quesa taco on steroids". A dish popular in Los Angeles, the mulitas closely resembles a quesadilla, piling toppings between two of the fried quesa tortillas.

Nachos and loaded fried round out the menu, with plans to introduce a burrito in the coming weeks. If things go to plan, Borg and Jackson say we may even see more Smoking Gringos stores or a roaming food truck pop up. Watch this space.

Mexican eats at Smoking Gringos in Sydney.

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