This is Tacos Chukis. And the first rule of Tacos Chukis is you don’t talk about Tacos Chukis. It’s your secret spot. Of course the problem with this rule is that this humble hole in the wall is a lot of people’s secret spot. Naturally word has gotten out, so Tacos Chukis is expanding. A new location is opening this October in South Lake Union, the teeming tech hub of Seattle.
What seemed like an impossible fever dream of a restaurant will now be recreated in an affluent neighborhood flooded by a steady stream of tech transplants. Tacos Chukis is no longer hidden. It’s out in the open. Can it survive?
“This couldn’t happen anywhere else,” owner Roberto Salmerón tells me one evening, relaxed against a post outside his busy restaurant and gesturing to the front door. “I came into this with no expectations. If it worked out, great. If it didn’t, no biggie.”