Something of a Windsor institution Yellow Bird attracts a hipster crowd with its easygoing vibe, funky music (and Aussie band connections), quirky decor and fab happy hour-style Tijuana Tuesday – that’s cheap Mexican food and drink to you and me. Grab a seat at a table or the bar inside (if you can hear each other over the din, god I sound old) or head outside to the sprawling enclosed pavement space, complete with heaters for those inclement Melbourne nights.
Expect huge sharing-size serves of tacos, quesidillas, enchilladas and burritos, which come with differing combinations of spiced and chargilled chicken strips, chilli beef, beans, melted cheese, guacamole, homemade salsa and sour cream, not to mention nacho mountains studded with fat slices of punchy green chilies. Then there is the extravaganza that is the Mexican super bowl: layers of arroz, frijole beans, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream and coriander (for a mere $13 / $15 with spicy mince beef.
The rest of the week the kitchen churns out sturdy standards for breakfast, lunch and dinner – fish and chips done in a White Rabbit ale beer batter, served with salad, chips and homemade tartare sauce, and gourmet smokey kransky hotdogs topped with caramelised onion, cheese, tomato, rocket, mustard and tomato sauce. Then there are run-of-the-mill snacks – like bruschetta, wedges, fries and toasties – but you can still indulge in the nachos.
The latest bottled beer offering from a long list (including Quilmes, Peroni, Asahi and Pacifico, and not to mention a handful of ciders) is Rosita – a bottle fermented, pale/blonde style. Order it for the gorgeous label alone, or quench your thirst on Tuesdays with $5 Coronas and cheapy cocktails – passionfruit, lychee and mango margaritas, sangria and even a 80s throwback tequilla sunrise.
Kind of grungy and gritty (toilets leave a lot to be desired, even if the newspaper-covered walls are kind of distracting), cheap and cheerful, overall: good times.
122 Chapel Street
Tel. (03) 9533 8983
Open 8am- 1am, kitchen closes 10pm