HOMEGROWN CHEF: Jim and Linda Ainsworth open new Albury eatery Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill

ONE of only two Mad Mex restaurants in regional NSW has opened in Albury.

After almost two decades of operating Subway eateries on the Border and North East, Jim and Linda Ainsworth wanted to bring the Mexican-style restaurant to Albury.

Mr Ainsworth said Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill combined the authentic flavours and spices of Mexico with the health-conscious cuisine of California.

Think tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas filled with roasted, grilled and slow-cooked meats, complemented by Mexican toppings and hand-made salsas. 

“Casual dining is growing in popularity; people are looking for places to take their family and friends out,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“We liked the approach to cooking fresh and diners can see what’s happening in the kitchen.”

Mr Ainsworth said Mad Mex was licensed and offered Mexican specialities such as margaritas, Coronas and wine.

“We also offer Jarritos, a brand of Mexican soft drinks,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Ainsworth moved to Albury during 1989 and started in Subway outlets in 2000.

They sold their health food store Healthy Life in West End Plaza three years ago and their Subway stores just weeks ago.

Mad Mex in West End Plaza seats 72 and opens daily from 10am.

What's your favourite dish?

Naked Burrito with medium salsa. Our salsa comes in mild, medium and hot. We have people who prefer the hot.

What are the staples in your pantry?

Sweet potato, chicken, coconut water, coconut milk, broccoli, lime juice, salsa, beans, rice and jalapenos.

What's the biggest product discovery you have made in cooking?

Special Mad Mex salsas

What's your secret vice?


What is your recipe standby?

Standard burrito

What is your most unforgettable meal and where?

Linda's cooking is just great; she cooks a lot of different dishes and she's prepared to experiment with ingredients.

What's in your kitchen toolkit?

An electric slicer and tongs.

What did you have for dinner last night?

Mad Mex Naked Burrito

What are you drinking?

Coffee or coconut water diluted with water.


Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill,

Shop 2, West End Plaza, 487 Kiewa Street, Albury

Phone:  (02) 6021 2301

Mad Mex opens daily from 10am