i was invited to attend a lunch with the founder, clovis young, of mad mex at their (first) brisbane store in the fortitude valley mall. clovis (californian raised & acquainted w baja cuisine) opened the first mad mex store on crown st, darlinghurst in 2007 & since has expanded to have 10 stores (syd, melb & brisbane). i met clovis along with brisbane based food writer fiona ryan. clovis talked about the creation of mad mex, the concept, their passion for delivering fresh, traditional & quality flavours...& we then sampled several dishes. i chose the burrito w chicken, black beans, cheese, rice, lettuce & sour cream - it was delicious, generous & certainly fresh. fiona ordered the soft tacos & appeared to find them tasty too. clovis ordered a serving of quesadilla's which i found tasty but possibly a little bit guilt ridden for me. we sipped on mexican imported soft drinks (mine) quava & fiona had the tamarind. then i just had to sample the margarita with salt & it was very good...i did expect a watered down version but it wasn't! clovis then brought out cinnamon churros with chocolate dipping sauce...i indulged in 2 & thought they were very good! one of the first things i said to clovis when meeting him was that i like mexican but i usually find myself feeling very full & uncomfortable after eating it...after all the above dishes at mad mex i have to say i felt good. not sluggish or uncomfortable! clovis said that they use fresh avocados for their guacamole & source/use local produce as much as possible...with other ingredients like the black beans, jalapenos, chillies, seasonings & spices & various beverages direct from mexico.