Food & Drink

Everywhere in Seatown to celebrate not-Mexican independence

Published On 04/29/2013 Published On 04/29/2013
Where to Cinco in Seattle
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1. Agua Verde Cafe 1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105

This casual kayak-purveyor-cum-restaurant nestled on the shores of Portage Bay is serving up some quesadillas, tortas, and tacos, along with lots of locally-made keg wine.

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2. Tacos De La Noche 90 Blanchard Street, Seattle, WA 98121

TDLN is a late-night taco stand from Lex Petras that has an array of homemade hot sauces that will seriously challenge even the most determined heat-seekers. Fair warning -- the one called Wrath is made with ghost chilies and will bring out the feeling of that deadly sin upon first contact with your poor taste buds.

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3. Poquitos 1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

This 122-seat comida-ry from the dudes behind Ballard's hyper-successful French spot Bastille was inspired by a vintage neon "Poquitos" sign they salvaged five years ago, and is rife with south-of-the-border dishes.

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4. Little Water Cantina 2865 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

A wall constructed with 800 tequila bottles reclaimed from "dumpsters of a lot of Mexican restaurants" isn't the only reason to check out this 150-seater. The kitchen is headed up by a French-trained chef whose resume includes Brooklyn's Henry Public &producing on Top Chef, and is sous'd by a Rick Bayless vet, and the two of them have invented some delicious Northwestern spins on traditional comida. Plus, that whole crazy tequila wall thing.

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5. Milagro Cantina 148 Lake Street S, Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland's Milagro Cantina is owned by a couple industry veterans, so you can rest (and eat & drink) assured that this place has it together. In a comfortable 8,000 sq. ft. space, they're serving up authentic Mexican dishes, including tortilla soup, barbacoa tacos, and grilled mahi mahi. They've also got a patio adorned with heaters and an awning, a ton of tequila, and some great original cocktails.

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6. El Camino 607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

El Camino has been serving some of the best traditional Mexican food around for more than 15 years. Making regular trips across the border and sourcing ingredients from local, independent farms, its owners deliver a double roundhouse of flavor and freshness on a daily basis.