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Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

Hi everyone: does anyone know of a good authentic mexican restaurant in the seattle area? We just returned from mexico city and had some amazing food and are now having cravings, but the food we've found here is generally the north american version, i.e. sour cream, burritos, refried beans, etc. We are looking for freshly griddled corn tortillas, tacos del pastor with chilis and cebolittas, etc; in other words, the delicious freshly prepared real mexican food. Any ideas?

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  1. Better, for sure, than the calamerimex fare of the strip malls, a look at El Camion (especially by Home Depot at 135th and Aurora), is definitely in your plans. Tonight, I had 3 Gorditas: chorizo, pibil, and carnitas, not the tacos, burritos, tortas, tostadas, tamales, but all are good, with carne asada, carnitas, adobada, pibil, lengua, chorizo...

    1. If you are willing to expand your geographic area, my favorite authentic mexican restaurant is La Tarasca in Centralia. They do not serve chips and salsa, but rather customers are greeted with a dish of spicy pickled carrots. I'm particularly fond of their chili verde and carnitas. Their house made corn tortillas are the best I've ever had.

      1. Took a Mexican friend to all my favorite spots around town. The one she liked best were La Cocina del Puerco in Bellevue and Poquitos on Capitol Hill.

        1. La Carte de Oaxaca and Senor Moose, both interestingly enough, in Ballard. El Camion's fish tacos are great. I didn't like their posole at all and they served my chicken tamal at room temperature, which I thought was weird. But I'm still here with no ill effects. I have yet to find posole in the Northwest that even comes close to what I got in Mexico (where 3 different colors are available).

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          Senor Moose Cafe
          5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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          1. re: PAO

            I like El Camion. I wouldn't recommend Senor Moose to someone looking for real Mexican food. It's a nice place for brunch and happy hour with decent food.

            I buy a nice green posole from Jerry at the Farmers Market. He sells frozen quarts at most of the markets. Many of them function well as a base for adding your own touches. I add extra hominy to his pork posole soup. I won't say it's like a real Mexican posole, but it makes a good lunch.
            http://www.gotsoupseattle.com/

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            Senor Moose Cafe
            5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

            1. re: val ann c

              What's wrong with the food at Senor Moose? It's one of the few places in town that doesn't just serve the same 8-10 dishes as almost every other Mexican restaurant in the US (bonus tip: the weekday brunch menu includes a lot of dishes you can't get on the weekend brunch menu).

              A few more DF-style places to add to the mix:
              Barriga Llena (tortas; Green Lake and Federal Way)
              Huarachitos (broader meat choices than most; MLK near Orcas)
              Aca las Tortas (huaraches, too; Kenmore, Bothell, Martha Lake, maybe elsewhere)

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              Senor Moose Cafe
              5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

              1. re: lavaca

                Yes, and the chef knows real Mexican food, and don't take no guff from no gringos, so watch yourself...

                  1. re: TravelingBastards

                    Senor Moose, on Leary

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                    Senor Moose Cafe
                    5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

                1. re: lavaca

                  Okay, don't go to Huarachitos (for a while). The sad news: http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...

                2. re: val ann c

                  Gosh, I've been to Mexico--specifically Oaxaca--many times and eaten in many places where the locals eat, and I'd say Senor Moose is quite authentic. Not sure what you mean by it's not "real" Mexican food.

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                  Senor Moose Cafe
                  5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

              2. You have to try El Mestizo on capitol hill

                http://www.elmestizorestaurant.com/

                Great moles, fresh tortillas and other regional good