If you find yourself in behind the Four Courts in Dublin, between dodging trams, prison vans and cabbage laden forklift trucks, keep your eyes peeled for K Chido Mexico hiding in the Fegans Wholesale warehouse beside the Smithfield Fruit & Veg market. Not that it will take too much effort to find it with the eye popping front painted by the guys from Rabbithole, behind the shutters sits a vintage Citroen HY dishing out the best Mexican north of the Liffey.
Mexico K Chido came to be when husband and wife team Gus and Theresa got talking to Oisin and Tina from Crepes In The City. Operating out of neighbouring stalls for years at the Temple Bar Food Market, Oisin had the dream of a vintage food van serving Mexican food, Gus & Theresa had the Mexican kitchen know-how and K Chido was born.
Having met and married in Mexico in the mid 80’s, Gus, originally from Tlaquepaque in Guadalajara and Theresa from Stoneybatter, moved back to Ireland and inevitably Gus started craving for some authentic home cooking.
This lead to them setting up a Mexican catering company called Mero Mero. They created marinades and condiments, selling wholesale and selling direct to stores up and down the country.
When the recession hit they were left high and dry by a number of vendors so they decided to go back to concentrating on the wholesale end of the business aswell as seaking out catering events.
The events they wewre catering started to become field research, trying out different dishes on the public, seeing what worked and what didnt so when Oisin approached them with the idea to open a van they knew exactly what the menu would be.
When they first set up the van, they initially did pop ups and various events but found Dublin City Council unwelcoming to the sort of food truck culture which was clearly thriving in cities around the world (and is a story we will re-visit on The Locals!) and they were forced to find a permanant venue from which they could tradeand the Fegans warehouse space becamen home in 2014.
Apart from developing the business from Fegans, Theresa and Gus plans for the future include doing a number of Summer festivals (such as Bloom where they'll have the truck parked for 5 days) and getting their marinades and condiments back on the shelves of shops around the country this year.
Theresa’s Top 5 food spots
- La Chata - Its a chain in Mexico but they do consistent amazing slow-fast food!
- El Parian in San Pedro, Tlaquepaque - A huge bar in a beautiful courtyard with great food and drink
- Temple Bar Market - Every Saturday, always!
- URBUN - Our local cafe in Cabinteely. Always great (and designed by This Is What We Do, as featured on The Locals)
- Kilkenny Hill Cafe - Again, always a great coffee spot
Additional photos by Dave Sexton Photography