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  • Maria Franzese Jul 16, 2004 06:02 PM
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Where is the best Mexican restaurant in Seattle or the Lynwood area? Thanks for your help, Maria.

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  1. Ballard

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    1. re: mr.nelso
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      Maria Franzese

      Where in Ballard and what is the name of the restaurant?Thanks, Maria

      1. re: Maria Franzese

        Ballard (North Seattle) - Burrito Loco - nice mole, great family staff. Some jones for the Pipian, but I thought it a trifle subtle.

        Ballard (North Seattle) - Michoacan 8311 15th Ave. N.W., 206-789-6933. A reviewer says "If there is better Mexican food in Seattle, we haven't found it yet."

        Ballard (North Seattle) - For a huge and rambunctious meal, but reliably satisfying, Gorditos NW 85th, just off Greenwood. Agua fresca. Salsas. Coffin sized Burrito. A mountain of Carne Asada.

        La Carta Oaxaca in Old Ballard just below Market on Ballard Avenue.

        El Puerco Lloron on the Pike Market Hillclimb.
        Get a dozen fresh tortillas. Very good and very, very inexpensive. This is closest to my old haunts in the little working towns fringing El Paso. Rustic and genuine.

        South Park - La Vagre - Seviche tostadas (oh my, can this be real?), whole fish in chili suce. Modest surroundings, mucho cultur

        1. re: mr.nelso

          What do you recommend to order at Michoacan?

      2. re: mr.nelso

        Among my favor Seattle-area Mexican Restaurants are:

        La Carta Oaxaca in Old Ballard.

        El Puerco Lloron on the Pike Market Hillclimb.

        Tapatio in South Park.

        1. re: Chris

          South Park - La Vagre - Seviche tostadas (oh my, can this be real?), whole fish in chili suce. Modest surroundings, mucho cultura.

          North Seattle - Burrito Loco - nice mole, great family staff. Some jones for the Pipian, but I thought it a trifle subtle.

          North Seattle - Michoacan 8311 15th Ave. N.W., 206-789-6933. A reviewer says "If there is better Mexican food in Seattle, we haven't found it yet."

          North Seattle - For a huge and rambunctious meal, but reliably satisfying, Gorditos NW 85th, just off Greenwood. Agua fresca. Salsas. Coffin sized Burrito. A mountain of Carne Asada.

          La Carta Oaxaca in Old Ballard just below Market on Ballard Avenue.

          El Puerco Lloron on the Pike Market Hillclimb.
          Get a dozen fresh tortillas. Very good and very, very inexpensive. This is closest to my old haunts in the little working towns fringing El Paso. Rustic and genuine.

      3. Coliman on South Marginal Way. Great prawn dishes. Link to review below.
        Burrito Loco has been a favorite of mine for years but the last few visits the quality has not been consistant-hopefully this will pass.
        I know a lot of people find Gordito's tasty but good, authentic Mexican it is not-it bills itself as "healthy Mexican," which gives you an idea of what you are in for.
        If you make it over to Bellevue there is La Cocina del Puerco on Main, a few blocks west of 8th. Small menu but everything is delicous. It is very casual-you order at the counter and sit and card tables.

        Link: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/11...

        1. Tia Lou's in Belltown is very good. It's in the middle of the upscale restaurant ghetto, so there's a lot of action around. I hear that their rooftop deck is great in the nice weather.

          1. Tacos Guaymas has 2 locations in Lynnwood, including a new one near the new civic-center-to-be.

            http://www.theseattlesun.com/2004news...

            1. Guanaco's Tacos is a new Pupuseria in the University District of Seattle. It is Salvadoran and Mexican Food.
              The website is: http://guanacostacos.webs.com

              1. My favorites:

                La Costa, 206 SW 152nd Street, Burien--A family-run place with great food. tasty and potent margaritas, friendly and efficient service, and on most Friday nights, a kick-ass mariachi band! We go about once a week, have been for maybe fifteen years, and they've never failed us.

                Senor Moose Cafe, 5242 Leary Avenue NW, Ballard--Not the standard menu you find in most Mexican restaurants in these parts--they have some really nice, less-familiar regional dishes from around Mexico. Their breakfasts are killer, but if you go on weekends after about 9:00 or 9:30 am, expect a wait!

                1. Having moved here from Houston 18 months ago, we've been constantly searching for good Mexican food. Rosita's near Green Lake is hands down the best - fresh tortillas made on the spot, decent salsa, and spicy dishes. Only place we've found worth going back to.

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                  1. re: Smokie

                    ...Rosita's is pretty mediocre IMO. There must be more to mexican food in Seattle than the too-much-rice, refried & pureed beans, shredded iceberg lettuce, non-tasting grated yellow cheese, overcooked & flavorless meat, fish & chicken all-spilling-over-the-large-plate experience including the not-very-fresh free salsa and fill-yerself-up-on chips.......

                    1. re: staffstuff

                      Thank god someone finally sees Rosita's the same way I do. It is completely overrated but people talk about it like it wonderful.

                      1. re: staffstuff

                        The best thing (only thing) about Rosita's is their fresh handmade tortillas. I think they only do these on the weekends though...

                        Agreed that everything else is mediorce at best.

                      2. re: Smokie

                        Hi Rosie-

                        I'm shocked to hear anyone from Texas endorse Rosita's! I, too, am from Houston and have lived here for about 18 months; Rosita's was my first attempt to get Mexican in Seattle, and Yikes! was I worried!

                        Since then I have found some OK places (not up to Texas standards -- at least, not if you are looking for Tex-Mex, they're OK if you're into West Coast style Mexican)-

                        Taqueria Muy Macho in Southpark
                        El Asadero (actually a taco truck) on Rainier Ave in Col City
                        Taqueria Tequila in Greenwood
                        Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard (Interior Mexican)
                        El Gallito in Cap Hill

                        Here are my bona fides- my fave Houston places are Taqueria los Arcos, Taqueria la Tapatia, Teotihuacan, and a huge soft spot for the original Ninfa's on Navigation (sadly, much in decline these days)

                      3. i like Maya's in the Rainier Beach area. we're from San Diego, and we were thrilled to find a place that has hard shell tacos, where they fry their own tortillas. they use the white cheese, and the beans are not runny!

                        9447 Rainier Ave. S.,
                        Seattle, WA 98178
                        Tel: (206) 725-5510

                        1. Paraiso in Smokey point (Arlington) Not fancy, but the best Mexican food in the northwest.

                          http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=221...

                          1. I like Gordito's (Greenwood) when sharing food with friends-
                            Get the jumbo burritto and make sure to get it "wet" and fajita style- I like the chicken. You order at the counter and get a mini pinata to take to your seat to tell the staff who has what order. The jumbo burritto is literally the size of a baby- They have a picture to prove it. The food is fresh and there is a salsa bar.

                            Senor Moose (Ballard) is excellent- It is regional cuisine and the menu is great at giving descriptions. We have ordeded the mole enchiladas and the pork- both were amazing.

                            1. Ballard Cocina Esperanza off 85th. The specials of the day are not to be missed.

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                              1. re: gt1485a

                                85th and where?

                                1. re: staffstuff

                                  32nd NW. Basically it's at the very end of 85th going west. Right next to Caffe Fiore.

                              2. For real Mexican food -- not the Margarita mills with brown soupy Tex-Mex stuff - try these outstanding spots:

                                La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard for small, authentic dishes from Oaxaca, and other regional delights.

                                Burrito Loco on Holman Road is a strip-mall spot with surprising amazing sauces -- great mole, and pipian, -- and tortas, sandwiches that are hard to find elsewhere.

                                Puerco Lloron at the Pike Place Market is great. Pull up a rickety card table and enjoy some taquitos.