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Will be in town visiting the Experience the Music Project. Looking for a nice spot for lunch this Friday. Love Mexican and Thai. Thoughts about any of the below options?

Golden Singha Tai & Thai Cuisine
- www.hellothaifood.com 425 Cedar St, Seattle - (206) 728-1532
Bahn Thai Restaurant
- www.bahnthaimenu.com 409 Roy St, Seattle - (206) 283-0444
Royal Thai Kitchen 305 Harrison St, Seattle - (206) 374-0199

Jalisco Mexican Restaurants - www.jaliscomex.com - (206) 283-4242
Bandits- www.banditsbar.net - (206) 443-5447
Taco Del Mar ยท - www.tacodelmar.com - (206) 443-1000
El Gaucho - www.elgaucho.com - (206) 728-1337
Rico Burrito (206) 448-5252
Peso's Kitchen & Lounge - pesoskitchen.com - (206) 283-9353
Mama's Mexican Kitchen - www.mamas.com - (206) 728-6262
Taqueria Jalisco - www.jaliscomex.com - (206) 282-1175
Blue Water Taco Grill - www.bluewatertacogrill.com - (206) 352-2407
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  1. Dos Amigos is pretty good.

    Golden Singha is nice, but you get quite thirsty after eating their food...

    1. I work in this neighborhood, so I've eaten lunch at most of these places. I'll give you my two cents, but I'll be curious to hear what others think.

      Golden Singha: Pretty good, and close to EMP. I say "pretty good" because the quality isn't consistent, in my experience.

      Bahn Thai: I haven't eaten here in years, but I remember it being OK.

      Royal Thai: I've never tried this one.

      Other excellent Thai suggestion, if you're up to walking to the west side of Seattle Center: Rice and Spice. This is my favorite Thai food in the area. I HIGHLY recommend their pumpkin curry, which is not on the regular menu but is always on the "Specials" menu. Their panang curry is also wonderful.

      Jalisco's/Taqueria Jalisco/Mexi Burger: I cannot recommend these unless you're planning on ordering something very basic, like nachos or quesadillas. I find their food completely uninspired. However, they are pretty affordable.

      Taco Del Mar: This is part of a local burrito chain. They have excellent basic (and affordable) burritos and such, but I'd recommend that you do something a little more special....

      ...like Blue Water Grill. I LOVE this place. This is my default lunch spot. Love it. It's just as affordable as TDM, but the food is much tastier, in my opinion.

      Bandits/Rico Burrito: Never eaten at these places.

      Peso's: Delicious food, great atmosphere, and killer margaritas. A bit more expensive than the other Mexican places you mentioned, but still completely reasonable, and a much nicer sit-down-and-be-waited-on experience. Recommended.

      El Gaucho: If you love steak, and money is no object, this is your place! I didn't realize they were open for lunch. If they're available at lunch, I can highly recommend their macaroni and cheese and especially the bananas foster. YUM.

      Have a great time, and let us know where you ended up eating!

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      1. re: seattledeb

        Thanks so much for the recommendation for Rice and Spice. Went for lunch today. Pumpkin Curry is now on the regular menu and I ordered it hot. SOOOOOOOOOO good! Thank you for recommending it, because it is not something I would have normally chosen. We got there at the exact right time- just before noon and got seated immediately. Shortly after the place was jammed.
        Great experience. Thank you!

      2. Best Thai near Seattle Center: Racha, hands down!


        1. Pesos is good, but it can be loud. I second Racha for Thai - it's a bit spendy, but I enjoy the food. Also, there is Melana's (more of a take-out place, but they do have a couple seats inside) up the hill in Queen Anne. YUM.

          FYI - El Gaucho is an expensive steakhouse and I, personally, don't like it much, especially for the $. Mama's is a grease pit - some people like it, but I don't. Taco del mar is a take-out fast food chain.

          1. The best Thai near the EMP is Tip Tum Thai- check it out on Yelp for lots of reviews claiming brillance. I have been to many Thai places in Seattle and it is my favorite. For a nicely decorated Thai restaurant go to Racha. The others on your list would be considered just OK.
            For fun divey Mexican try Mama's Mexican. I like Peso's- which is in lower Queen Anne slightly south of EMP. Most of your list ia chains or just average.

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            1. re: natalie.warner

              Agree on Tup Tim Thai. (Not Tim Tup Thai or Tum Tip Thai ;))

              1. re: terrier

                What s/he said.

                1. re: not the bad Steve

                  Phucket is the best Thai in lower QA.

            2. I'm not that familiar with most of these places. I've been to Blue Water Taco Grill several times and liked it a lot. It's very casual, no table service. They seem to use a lot of fresh, quality ingredients. The have several very tasty house-made salsas, and the shrimp cocktails are a real bargain.

              I've also been to Mama's Mexican Kitchen a few times. When I first moved to Seattle, several people told me it was the best Mexican food in town. I went back two or three times because I kept thinking I'd just hit them on a bad day, or ordered the wrong thing. I finally concluded that I was right the first time--Mama's truly sucks. I'd personally rather go hungry than to eat there again. I have NO idea how this place keeps getting mentioned on a lot of annual "Best of Seattle" lists. I have no idea how they even stay open.