Bienvenidos to El Camino! This Fremont spot has been serving Seattle "fresh, vibrant, homemade" Mexican food since 1996. The welcoming and casual dining spot, which also morphs into a great nighttime hangout, is located two doors east of the renowned Fremont Rocket at 35th Street and Evanston.
According to the eatery's founders, "Dedication to the complex, authentic recipes from Mexico’s southern regions has been our 'el camino' - translated by a Mexican friend as 'the road,' a personal journey, a way of thinking to move forward."
The restaurateurs have traveled Mexico extensively during the past 15 years, and they hope to continue to do so, so that they can discover culinary secrets to share with their Seattle clientele. The chefs promise "generous portions, famous margaritas and fabulous staff," and we diners can attest to the greatness of this venue.
Patrons enjoy El Camino's vibrant scene. — Photo courtesy of El Camino
As far as must-try flavors, feast on appetizers ranging from queso asado and sopa de tortilla to the Tostones De Platano Macho Con Guacamole, salted and crisp plantain chips served with salsa fresca and fresh guacamole.
As for main entrees, dig into the tacos (fish, carne, etc.) or the Enchiladas Potosinas - three white corn tortillas filled with mexican cheeses and covered with a choice of sauce. Choose mole poblano (lightly sweet, with a hint of chocolate), mole negro (Rich and aromatic, it's the "black" mole of Oaxaca.) or pipian verde (a pumpkin seed cream sauce).
Other El Camino gems include the Enchiladas en Mole - white corn tortillas filled with shredded, free-range chicken and caramelized onions, served with greens sauteed with garlic and cider vinegar, Mexican rice, black beans or padron peppers.
Loyal patrons also rave about the Chilaquiles de Chile Verde or Chile Puya, white corn tortillas sauteed in either tomatillo cream sauce or a spicy chile puya salsa, served over vegetarian black beans and topped with shredded free-range chicken or pork carnitas, queso fresco, onion and sour cream.
As of mid-March, the restaurant opens its doors for weekend brunch at 11 a.m. Happy hour happens Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There is a late-night special on drinks, too. Although this restaurant proves a fabulous place to gather during the daylight hours, the true ambiance shines after the sun sets. Enjoy fresh drinks with a punch and good conversation on the back patio. Summer means great sunshine and magical twinkle lights, while winter brings a cozy fireplace, perfect for unwinding into the wee hours.
The decor mixes colorful artwork and glowing lanterns. — Photo courtesy of El Camino