Head South of the Border with Seattle's Best Mexican Eateries

Corinne Whiting

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Do you love Mexican food? Who does't, it seems! We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Mexican cuisine in Seattle. One may not expect the northwest corner of the country to have such excellent Mexican finds, but you're in for a pleasant surprise here. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Seattle restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Azteca Mexican Restaurant, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Cactus. We also point out good neighborhoods for Mexican restaurants in...  Read more »

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    Cactus is a chic, hip Mexican outpost in the booming South Lake Union area. Come for the great food and mojitos!

    Local Expert Tip: "The weekday lunch crowds here can be quite large; show up early to get seated quickly!"

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    El Camino

    Fremont's El Camino draws crowds of loyal returnees, thanks to its tasty dishes and back patio. This place is vibrant and colorful.

    Local Expert Tip: "On sunny evenings, the back patio here gets amazing light--just in time to enjoy happy hour!"

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    Azteca Mexican Restaurant

    Azteca brings traditional Mexican fare to a casual, festive atmosphere in Ballard. Enjoy hearty dishes and generous drinks!

    Local Expert Tip: "Got a birthday coming up? This is a great place to be serenaded and get treated!"

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    El Toreador Mexican Restaurant

    El Torreador Mexican Restaurants in Redmond draws loyal fans for its fresh ingredients and consistent fare. Kids love this spot. too!

    Local Expert Tip: " Please the whole family; kids love the virgin strawberry margaritas!"

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    Burrito Loco

    Burrito Loco has the best burritos in Seattle, according to some. This gem features low-key, festive decor and great prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "In a hurry? This spot is known for prompt service!"

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    Tacos Guaymas - Greenlake

    Tacos Guayamas features a festive, casual atmosphere and gigantic portions of favorite Mexican fare. Enjoy the salsa bar, too!

    Local Expert Tip: "This establishment often offers coupons in neighborhood and community booklets and newspapers; be on the lookout for hot deals!"

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    Bimbo's Cantina

    Bimbo's Cantina features funky decor, killer happy hour deals and delicious burritos. The vibe is no-nonsense, and the food is consistently good.

    Local Expert Tip: "This spot boasts one of the best happy hour schedules in town: all day Sunday and Monday and from 4 to 8 pm other days of the week."

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    Señor Moose Café

    Senor Moose Cafe is a Ballard hotspot for delicious breakfast food and Mexican feasts. Be sure to try the award-winning margaritas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come here for breakfast every day till 3 p.m. and happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4:30 till 6 p.m."

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    El Charro

    El Charro is a Tukwila outpost for fresh ingredients and friendly staff. Head south of Seattle for some authentic fare here!

    Local Expert Tip: "Rumor has it the is the best spot for affordable and delicious steak!"

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    Taqueria El Gallo

    Taqueria El Gallo draws adventurous eaters to Remond to enjoy big burritos and fiery salsa. Not for the faint of heart!

    Local Expert Tip: "Got a taste for something hot? Head here for some legendary, fiery salsa!"



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