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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.