Toukley restaurant named best in family dining

Jim Constantinidis (left) and Michael Cross

What started out as a dream between two childhood best friends turned into Mexicoast Cantina Toukley, which was named the best in family dining at the 2023 NSW Regional Restaurant and Catering Awards of Excellence.

“We are so excited to have won … massive shout out to the whole Mexicoast team for making this possible, each and every one of you are such a valuable part of our success,” Mexicoast spokesperson Jazzy Constantinidis said.

“Another big thank you to our Mexi supporters, we appreciate you the most.”

With the support of their wives Linda and Yvette, Michael Cross and Jim Constantinidis opened the first Mexicoast Cantina in January 2018 at Terrigal.

“We had two successful years across from the beach before the pandemic hit,” Jazzy said.

“During the down period of trade when there was uncertainty with what was to come next, we decided to move our little restaurant to Toukley in 2020.

“Bringing the restaurant to Toukley is something we are very proud of.

“We have been a part of the Toukley community since the 1970s and have a huge love and passion for the town and the people.

“Mexicoast is a very community oriented restaurant and our staff and customers become friends and family as soon as they enter our doors.

“Our dream together has been to really put our love back into Toukley and the northern end of the coast and do all we can to create a vibrant and enjoyable meeting place for locals and tourists alike and for all to enjoy the wonderful food, beers, cocktails and company that Mexicoast has become synonymous for.

“We thank our customers for their continuing support and without them would not have the opportunity to be a part of awards nights like the Australian Catering Awards, let alone winners.”

The Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence give restaurants, cafes and caterers well-deserved recognition for their hard work, exceptional food and outstanding service.

They recognise operators in metropolitan and regional centres and restaurants are assessed on the entire dining experience including food, beverage, service and restaurant presentation.

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