Queue for a hot dog at El Loco, Surry Hills.
Queue for a hot dog at El Loco, Surry Hills. Photo: Steve Lunam

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2013

1. Barrio Chino
228-230 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross 8021 9750
A JUMPING taqueria and tequileria from the team behind Potts Point’s Fei Jai. Try the spicy tuna tacos and the pulled pork tostadas.

2. Cantina Mobil Food Truck
www.cantinamobil.com.au
MEALS on wheels Mexican style, with a stack of good tacos, burritos and chilli corn.

3. El Loco
64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills 9211 4945
THIS cool dude-pub/cantina does a nice line in tacos (and hot sauce) and a noteworthy Excelsior hot dog.

4. The Fish Shop
22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point 9326 9000
THIS new-wave fish and chipper turns out fish ’n’ chips, dim sims, potato scallops and even retro pickled onions.

5. Goodgod/The Dip
55 Liverpool Street, Sydney 9283 8792
A BASEMENT bar with top kangaroo and macadamia burgers, beans ’n’ slaw and kosher hot dogs.

6. Hartsyard
33 Enmore Road, Newtown 8068 1473
OYSTER po’boys and smoked southern fried chicken with gravy will make y’all feel right at home, y’hear?

7. Pho Tau Bay
Shop 12, 117 John Street, Cabramatta 9726 4583
This Cabramatta fave has made one of Sydney’s finest beef noodle soups for more than 25 years.

8. Reuben Hills   
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills 9211 5556
A cafe with food – soft tortillas, Honduran baleados – sourced from the same cultures as its coffee beans.

9. Ryo’s
125 Falcon Street, North Sydney 9955 0225
Don’t argue, just join the queue for what we reckon is the best ramen in Sydney.

10. Via Napoli Pizzeria
Shop 2, 141 Longueville Road, Lane Cove 9428 3297
The Napoli-style pizza here is the real deal – smoky and toasty from the wood-fired oven.