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Nov 16, 2007 02:59 PM

Tenoch Mexican Grill - first report

I have passed this place daily for weeks and finally stopped in for lunch.
Fast, fresh, friendly.
Neat as a pin.

The menu board features a list of meats which are offered in burrito ($6.25), taco (1/$2.25; 2/$4.35; 3/$6.55), or quesadilla ($3.69 or 5.25 with meats) styles, adorned as you wish with lettuce, cheese (jack, cheddar, or cotija), sour cream, red onions, tomatoes, pico de gallo, guacamole (add 75 cents). Meats include:
Pollo adobado (was out when I went to lunch at 3:00).
Grilled chicken breast marinated in beer and spices.
Lean beef marinated in lime and spices.
Ropa Vieja - shredded beef with onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Puerco en pasilla - pork simmered in chili, tomatillo, and garlic.
Mole Verde - chx breast with sauce of tomatillo, jalapeno, green bell peppers, peanuts, cilantro, sesame seed, and spices.
Pollo en pipian - grilled chicken with sauce of guajillo chiles, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and spices.
Pisinan roast - marinate beef cooked with dry red chili, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, and spices. >>>> this was my first lunch here, but there will surely be many more. It will be a challenge for me to not get fixated on the first thing I ever ordered.
Vegetarian - A> cabbage, garbanzo, tomato, onion, spices
B> potatoes and vegetables with chipotle sauce
Not a huge menu, but also has fish tacos, taco salad, enchiladas, steak salad, chilaquiles(!), and tortilla soup.

What a great place!

The pisinan roast burrito was my choice.
Tender, flavorful succulent meats, well seasoned.

Tenoch is at 208 Fifth Ave S, a block south of where Yesler Way passes over 5th Avenue.

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  1. This place is close to my office and I've been going there every 3 or 4 months for lunch for the last couple of years.

    I agree that it's pretty good but I don't feel like it's a great value for the money.

    $7 for 3 pretty skimpy tacos on storebought tortilla means I don't go here very often, especially when the best pho within 1000 miles is 3 blocks away and $5.50 a bowl. The burrito's a better value in terms of bites per dollar, but I rarely feel like tucking away a day's worth of calories in one sittting.

    The actual meats are tasty. I usually go with the pollo en pipian and the pisinan roast.

    3 Replies
    1. re: terrier

      I guess I am in the thrall of surprise and first-time, as I see and agree with all your points. I did not notice my opportunity to choose tacos, but imagine the corn tortillas would be as pedestrian as the flour one in the burrito was. That said, I really liked seeing the variety of meats you don't see much around here and thought the Pisinan was good.

      1. re: terrier

        Hey Terrier, what place is the best pho within 1000 miles? I hate to thread drift, but I must have this valuable information.


        1. re: allisonw

          Pho Bac on 7th Ave S (just south of Jackson). I prefer this one to the original location on Rainier & Jackson.