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1. Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches 1610 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Located within Seattle staple Rachel's Ginger Beer, this store-within-a-store specializes in fried chicken sandwiches that have the ideal composition of crispy, flaky, and moist. The OG, topped with dill pickles, house-made cabbage slaw, and mayonnaise, is a fool-proof order, as is the slightly sweet General Tso's sandwich with daikon radish. Great happy hour deals make the counter-serve a popular late-afternoon haunt.

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2. Tortas Condesa 1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Chef Monica Dimas opened this sandwich counter-serve after witnessing the popularity of the torta at her other Mexican concept, Neon Taco. The Mexico City-style sandwich comes in a few iterations, and though there are vegetarian options, don't pass up the various meat fillings. Tortas Condesa is open late because Dimas knows that after a night of drinking at nearby Montana, there may be nothing more satisfying that a chorizo sandwich topped with cheese and a fried egg. Be sure to grab extra napkins -- there's no neat way to devour a torta.

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3. Nacho Borracho & Neon Taco 209 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Nacho Borracho (translation: drunk nacho) is a kitschy bar with margaritas -- frozen or on tap, your call -- Tecate tallboys, and a handful of other Mexican drinks to fulfill the "borracho" part of its name. And as for the nachos… housed inside of the bar is Neon Taco, one of acclaimed Chef Monica Dimas’ casual pop-up concepts fueled by her heritage. While you can get carnitas or veggie nachos here (or totchos, that’s right, tater-tot nachos), the menu hones in on authentic Mexican street food… you know, like tacos. Those gleaming tacos are the hand-held heart and soul of the bar, though the carnitas torta was popular enough to launch a counter concept of its own, Tortas Condesa. Let’s just say you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pair than a tequila slushy and some handmade, soft shell-wrapped lengua on Capitol Hill.