As a Latina who grew up just around the corner from White Center, I tend to be a little picky about my latin foods. Luckily, Seattle is bursting full of delicious spots with superb guacamole, tacos, burritos, and of course...margaritas. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, here are some of my favorite spots in Seattle for good Mexican food.
1. Rosita’s Mexican Grill, Greenlake
First of all, is a trip to Greenlake ever a mistake? Walking into Rosita’s feels like walking into the local Mexican restaurant we all grew up with. From their carne asada to their enchiladas to their freshly made tortillas smothered in butter, Rosita’s never disappoints.
Favorite Items: Jalapeno margarita, carne asada plates, and their fresh tortillas.
2. Fogon Cocina Mexicana, Capitol Hill
While the food at Fogon is also great, what makes this restaurant stand out in particular is its location in the heart of Capitol Hill (making it easy to get to if you’re in the city) and it’s large selection of margaritas. Fogon hosts the perfect happy hour to kick of Cinco with snacks and drinks.
Favorite Items: Ultimate margarita, Vampiro margarita (very spicy!), Vegetarian Tacos
3. El Barracho, Pike Place & Ballard
When it comes to a satisfying Mexican dinner, El Barracho delivers. Not only do they have a menu full of options that are sure to please everyone, but they are especially great if you have vegetarian or vegan friends who want to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festivities as well. Plus, they have locations in Pike Place, Ballard, and Tacoma!
Favorite Items: Their entire taco menu, Vegan burrito, “El Cheapo” margarita
4. Little Water Cantina, Eastlake
I’ll be honest, while Little Water Cantina can hold its own in the food department, what makes this spot such a favorite is largely due to its unbeatable views and ambiance. Overlooking South Lake Union, this is the spot to be on a sunny Cinco de Mayo day. Little Water Cantina also boasts some of the best chips and guacamole I’ve found on the Seattle restaurant scene. Oh, and did I mention they have free parking?
Favorite Items: Chips with salsa and guacamole, Verde margarita, Fresca margarita
5. Gorditos, Greenwood
As its name implies, Gorditos is not for the faint of heart. If you have one goal and one goal only...to eat...this is your spot. Gorditos prides itself on providing healthy ingredients so that its food is a relatively guilt-free indulgence. That being said, their burritos are also famous for being massive so be prepared for leftovers.
Favorite Items: They have a huge menu, but you can’t go wrong with any of their burritos!
- Mariah Acuff, The World is Fun Blogger, PR Coordinator and Margarita Scout