Best Mexican Restaurants In Seattle

August 19, 2015 5:00 AM

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Seattle isn’t known for it’s Mexican fare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a marvelous Mexican meal in town. If taco trucks are your thing, go for it! But when you are ready to sit down and relax, check out these locales for a wide array of tastes from south of the border. It doesn’t matter if you are craving a torta, tacos, enchiladas, carne asada or a breakfast burrito, these places have got you covered.
El Queztal
3209 Beacon Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-2970

El Queztal serves up affordable, family-friendly Mexican fare on top of Beacon Hill. The restaurant has expanded in recent years, so there is a dining room and now a separate bar where bartenders have been known to spin beats while plying patrons with well-made margaritas and house-made horchata. The friendly staff serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town in their cheery environs, which include a sunny pint-sized patio in back. Come hungry and don’t miss the carne asada, el nopal salad, enchiladas verdes or the great selection of tortas gigantes.

La Carta De Oaxaca
5431 Ballard Ave N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-8722

When you see the tortillas being handmade in the kitchen as you walk in the door, you know you’ve landed in a spot that’s going to serve up only the freshest, and best, Mexican food around. Get there early to avoid the lines that form out front for lunch and dinner. The walls of this cozy joint are lined with photographs taken in Oaxaca and only add to the authenticity of the meals that are served up from the kitchen. The Posole, a pork and hominy stew, is a must-try as well as the house specialty, the Mole Negro Oaxaqueno: A black mole with chicken or pork. Finish it all off with a little sangria, and you’ll be all set for the night.

El Camion
6416 15th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-5411

You might see an El Camion food truck as you cruise down the byways of Seattle. But if you want a little more than just a “grab-and-go” meal, you’ll want to stop by their sit-down joint in the ever expanding Ballard neighborhood. You’ll still get that authentic food truck feel, but with a place to sit and rest as you dig into one of their generous handmade tamales or a hearty, and reasonably priced, torta. And there’s no better way to start your morning than with one of their breakfast burritos with chorizo, scrambled eggs and all of the fixings.

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1734 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Just a stone’s throw from Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, this is a great place to grab a refreshing margarita on a hot Seattle summer day. In fact, you might want to check out the Chavez Casa Margarita, which features a lively serrano pepper-infused tequila. Not only is the tequila lively, but the atmosphere at this buzzing Mexican joint is hopping and packs ‘em in, especially on the weekend. If you score a table, make sure to try the Nopales tacos with cactus and huevos.

Senor Moose
5242 N.W. Leary Ave.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-5568

Senor Moose is now a top Mexican restaurant in Seattle, but at first, it wasn’t even a Mexican restaurant. It opened at first as a breakfast restaurant, but the owners soon realized they were missing out on the sure-to-be-popular option of offering not just a good breakfast, but a great, authentic, Mexican breakfast. After living in Mexico for 30 years, they knew it was a need they could easily fill. That is what makes Senor Moose’s breakfast menu the best to be found in Seattle. But they don’t just stop at breakfast anymore — be sure to stop by for their lunch and dinner menus as well.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at