Food & Drink

Everywhere in Seatown to celebrate not-Mexican independence

Published On 04/28/2013 Published On 04/28/2013
Where to Cinco in Seattle

Even if you think "South of the border" just means, ugh, Oregon, you probably still want to know the places you can party this Sunday that have the best guac and margaritas, and the hottest hot sauces and waitresses. So we went ahead and found them for you:

Best Margaritas El Camino 607 N 35th Street; Fremont; 206.632.7303 The food at this wildly colorful Mex-taurant is equally vibrant, fancying up traditional eats from the South of Mexico with the occasional Northwest touch. The drinks can get fancy, too, but you should kick it like the car it's named after -- old-school -- and swill a classic Bartender's Margarita. Get more info on this Mex-eattle eatery, right here
Craziest Taco Filling Agua Verde Cafe 1303 NE Boat Street; University District; 206.545.8570 After working up an appetite paddling around Portage Bay in one of the kayaks they've got for rent, post up on the deck of this charmingly ramshackle cafe and take down a fried-oyster taco dressed in avocado sauce. Kayak on over for more deets... or just click here
Hottest Hot Sauce Tacos De La Noche 90 Blanchard Street; Belltown; 206.486.5663 At least this Belltown Billiards-adjacent walk-up window makes it hard for you to abuse your gullet with their vivid-red ghost pepper hot sauce -- they're only open from 11p-3a, three days a week. Click here for more info on the late-night taco slinger
Best Guacamole Poquitos 1000 E Pike St; Capitol Hill; 206.453.4216 If you're not distracted by the massive fire-place'd patio or the lavish decor (14,000 Talavera tiles from Puebla, giant metal light fixtures, and mirrors from Mexico City), you might notice the open kitchen's got guacamole stations where they make it fresh to order. Get all the deets on this vibrant Cap Hill spot
Best Outdoor Space Little Water Cantina 2865 Eastlake Ave E; Eastlake; 206.397.4940 As if badass cocktails made with house infusions, tinctures, syrups, liqueurs, etc., a menu laced with locally sourced ingredients, and being the most energy-efficient restaurant in the Northwest wasn't enough, LWC's got a sprawling patio with commanding views of Lake Union. Click here for more on the view and the food
Best Nachos The Matador 2219 NW Market St; Ballard; 206.297.2673 They start with cheddar and Jack cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole... then they add more cheddar and Jack cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole... next, they add even more cheddar and Jack chee... you get the totally delicious point. If you like over-the-top Mexi-grub, you're gonna want to click here
Hottest Waitresses Peso's Kitchen 605 Queen Anne Ave N; Lower Queen Anne; 206.283.9353 Not only does Peso's serve breakfast 'til 3p and more alcohol than any other bar in Seattle (seriously); the ladies that do it are so friendly on the eyes that you may not even notice all the other women there hoping to make new... um, more-than-friends. Check out all the deets right here
Best Tequila Selection Milagro Cantina 148 Lake Street S; Kirkland; 425.952.6270 Everything about this Kirkland comida-ry is massive: the menu, the sprawling covered patio, the multiple dining rooms, and the lounge that they've tricked out with a 24' x 7' forged steel "tequila tree", which displays a fraction of their 100+ premium and boutique tequilas. Click here for more on the tree-mendous tequileria

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1. Agua Verde Cafe 1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

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 (Belltown)

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 (Capitol Hill)

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 (Eastlake)

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)

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 (Fremont)

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.