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A taste of Mexico in Woodend

Woodend has expanded its culinary repertoire with the opening of a Mexican restaurant and bar – and just in time for the winter.

Las Margaritas is the newest addition to the town’s food scene, boasting everything from nachos and tacos through to cocktails and tequila.

Situated on Woodend’s main drag, Las Margaritas opened at the beginning of June and is one of the only haunts in the Macedon ranges offering visitors and locals a genuine taste of South America.

And the best part, the menu is chock-a-block with options for the vegans, vegetarians and even the gluten-free folk out there.

“We are a casual and fun place that brings a bit of the city to the country,” owner operator Seema Been says. “We pride ourselves on our cocktails and meals, chimichangas and tacos.”

Having been in the hospo industry for 15 years, Seema has worked in a number of Melbourne businesses spanning from pubs to Latin restaurants and Spanish tapas eateries.

She says she bought the business during lockdown without even seeing it.

“I’ve been coming to the Macedon Ranges for years and had a soft spot for Woodend so when an opportunity arose, we grabbed it,” she says.

“Once we got the keys, we had our work cut out to open asap.”

The menu is indeed worth writing home about. Start your experience with a mouthwatering aperitivo – some corn on the cob with tajin, burnt butter and chipotle mayo, or potachos topped with melted cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Or maybe savour your own tostada, double decker tacos, fried tortillas or tacos – dubbed as God’s gift to the world.

The selection doesn’t stop there. The menu also boasts signature paella, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and salads – all perfectly accompanied with your favourite beverage and ready to turn your chilly winter’s eve into a helluva warm one.

“It’s not a job, it’s a passion for food and drinks,” Seema says. “Especially in the current environment; to shop for ingredients and present a menu that appeals to the taste buds and pockets.

“The journey has just begun for Las Margaritas with plenty more to come with the change of season.”


WHAT: Las Margaritas
WHERE: 81 High St, Woodend

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