Food & Drink

7 Can't-Miss Taco Spots in Seattle

Published On 01/22/2015 Published On 01/22/2015
Thrillist/Chona Kasinger

It's been months since we told you about the best burritos in Seattle, so you've probably tried 'em all by now, right? RIGHT?! Right. That means you're gonna need some new South-of-the-border-style eats to stuff yourself with, so we've rounded up the seven best tacos in the 206. Feast your eyes...

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Chávez

Capitol Hill
What you’re getting: Barbacoa tacos
The Capitol Hill newbie slings eight different kinds of tacos, but we really dig the barbacoa, which has braised pork shoulder and roasted poblano. Enjoy their tacos with a side of sangrita (a little like a deconstructed Bloody Mary with tequila) to get the whole experience.

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El Camion

Ballard
What you’re getting: Cabeza tacos
With a locations in SoDo, Ballard, and Haller Lake, good tacos are never too far away, and at $1.45 a pop, you can go ahead and try every single offering. From fish and chorizo to cabeza (beef cheeks) and adobada (marinated spicy pork), it’s definitely time to get adventurous.

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Señor Moose Café

Ballard
What you’re getting: Breakfast tacos
The taco offerings at Señor Moose include the Tacos de Camote (sweet potato, panela cheese, spinach, black beans, pepitas) and Tacos de Machaca (shredded beef with salsa, onion, cilantro, avocado), but SM's infamous for its killer breakfast tacos, and it's definitely the spot to hit for a Sunday wake up call.

Tacos Chukis

Tacos Chukis

Capitol Hill
What you’re getting: House tacos
Hands down one of the most beloved taco spots on this hill, Tacos Chukis never fails to please with its super-authentic menu, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t order the house tacos (with adobado, melted cheese, guacamole, and grilled pineapple) at this hole-in-the-wall.

Tiko Riko

Tiko Riko

Greenwood
What you’re getting: Beef tacos
This Salvadoran spot in Greenwood purveys tasty eats in both the pupusa and taco persuasion. Take your pick of beef, chicken, or pork-- all tacos come with chopped onions, cilantro, and a mild salsa verde that you can wash down with a Jarritos or horchata.

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El Quetzal

Beacon Hill
What you’re getting: Adobada tacos
This Tex-Mexy spot in Beacon Hill is the perfect place to pretend you're in Austin and pound Coronas and tacos, which include carne asada, lengua, Mexican sausage, and more.

TnT Taqueria

TNT Taqueria

Wallingford
What you’re getting: Green Chili Braised Chicken Tacos
Just off 45th in Wallingford, TNT Taqueria’s tacos are… you guessed it… dynamite. The space might be tiny, but this certainly doesn’t compromise the size of the menu. Order by the taco or plate here, with options like al pastor, papas dulce & kale, carne asada, and more. All tacos come with cotija, diced onion, cilantro, radish, and salsa, plus, all plates come with arroz roja and frijoles pintos.

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1. Chavez 1734 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This Cap Hill Mexican resto has a ton of great offerings, all of which are gluten free (not on purpose!). Be sure to try the Queso Fundido Totopos Azules to start.

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2. El Camion Adentro 6416 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This location is the brick & mortar spot of the popular taco trucks, serving up breakfast burritos (all day!), gorditas, tamales, and some of the best and most authentic tacos in the city. Be sure to load 'em up with one of the fresh options at their salsa bar. Another solid pick is their classic torta, filled with a meat of your choosing, plus plenty of flavorful accompaniments, including avocado, tomato, jalapeño, and pico de gallo.

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3. Señor Moose Café 5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Infamous for its killer breakfast tacos, Señor Moose is definitely the spot to hit for a Sunday wake up call. Titillating taco offerings include the Tacos de Camote (sweet potato, panela cheese, spinach, black beans, pepitas) and Tacos de Machacha (shredded beef with salsa, onion, cilantro, avocado).

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4. Tacos Chukis 219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Though Taco Chukis baby burritos might be mini-er than the rest of the burritos on this list, it doesn’t mean they’re any less tasty. This Capitol Hill treasure is cheap and super central-- right off Broadway. It's a no-frills spot offering delicious Mexican street food fare at an affordable price. You can’t go wrong at this place-- and its prices, you can go ahead and try one of everything!

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5. Tiko Riko 10410 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 (Greenwood)

This Salvadorean spot in Greenwood purveys tasty eats in both the pupusa and taco persuasion. Take your pick of beef, chicken, or pork - all tacos come with chopped onions, cilantro, and a mild salsa verde. You can wash it all down with a Jarritos or horchata.

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6. El Quetzal 3209 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (Beacon Hill)

This Tex-Mexy spot in Beacon Hill fits the bill perfectly for a classic Corona and carnitas sit down, so if you’re ever feeling a little vibed out on Seattle, make pretend you’re smack dab in Austin and squirt those limes gratuitously.

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7. TNT Taqueria 2114 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

TNT Taqueria's a vibrantly colored, walk-up-window-equipped spot serving locally sourced Mexican street eats right on 45th.

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