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Posole, and other GREAT Mexician in and around Seattle or Bellingham??

I am a recent transplant from California. I live alone, in a small studio and am still making friends. So making a huge pot of delicious Posole is probably more than I can take right now. Also my boyfriend who lives in Seattle via Alaska has never had Posole, and I don't want his first expereince with the heavenly soup to be one I made. I need something that tastes like your abuelita spent all day making it; not like a freckley white girl from California made it.

So I am looking for great Mexican restaurants. They can be a hole in the wall or they can be pricey. I am particularly craving Posole, but hand made tortillas, fantastic mole, and good tamales are hard to find this close to the wrong border. Please help a girl out.

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  1. I've had passable posole at La Carta de Oaxaca before, but by far the best I've had in the area has been at La Tarasca in Centralia.

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    1. re: terrier

      Terrier names the best two mexican restaurants in western washington, IMO, neither of which, incidentally, are hole in the wall.

      I've never had posole, but I've seen it on offer at many of the taqueria/downscale/hole places that cater to the hispanic community, sometimes, I believe, as a weekend special. My favorite joints of this sort generally are Rosticeria El Paisano (White Center); Taqueria La Estacion (Burien); Muy Macho (South Park, SEA); La Conasupo Market (Greenwood, SEA); and Casa El Dorado (Everett)

      1. re: equinoise

        Oh yes! I forgot that I have had posole verde at La Estacion. It was pretty good - but not La Tarasca good, and they don't make their own tortilla in house.

        I like the parillada or tacos at La Estacion better - those keep me coming back.

    2. I'm going to second terrier on la carta de oaxaca, in ballard ..they have posole on the menu and it is splendid + their mole is great too.

      1. Hey Kat,
        I'm also a relatively new transplant from California. I worked in Seattle and so lived in Everett for a bit. Now I'm in Bellingham. We've tried Casa Que Pasa and Banditos Burritos up here. I'd suggest taking a pass - you will be disappointed after the great Mex food in CA. Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard is very yummy. Are you in B'ham or Seattle? If B'ham, I'm always looking for a foodie friend.

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        1. re: sasha1

          Sasha,
          I do live in Bellingham. I would love to get together. I don't really know how to email you using chowhound. You could try me at blue_star_6@yahoo.com. It would be great to make a friend in Bellingham.
          -Kat

        2. No posole w/ pork better than at La Carta, from my experience.

          1. Burrito Loco also makes a passable posole.