Ordering carne asada tends to be a gamble. The steak could end up too thin, dry, and reminiscent of a hot slab of leather with a hint of black pepper. But that’s not the case at Asadero. They specialize in DIY carne asada tacos - think filet mignon, medium rare, served to you on a sizzling skillet with corn tortillas, salsa, and lime. It’s a pretty incredible experience if you’re into beef, and they do also have chicken, fish, and some vegetable dishes too. But you’re not here for any of that. You’re here for some almost pink wagyu and an even pinker hibiscus margarita.
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You know Paseo, but Un Bien is where you want to be. It’s where the old owners work now, and the Caribbean sandwiches in Ballard are the city’s best.
Windy City Pie
Windy City Pie is a pizzeria in Phinney Ridge that serves amazing Chicago-style deep dish.
Percy’s & Co.
Percy’s is a Southern bar/restaurant in Ballard with a great patio and a lot of bourbon.
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Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
Mariscos Mexico is a Mexican stall at Pike Place Market that serves delicious seafood tacos.
D’ La Santa
D’La Santa is a family-owned Mexican spot in Capitol Hill that’s easy to miss, but worth going out of your way for.
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La Cocina Oaxaqueña
La Cocina Oaxaceña is the reliable Mexican restaurant you need in your life.
There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
Gracia is a cute, but pricier Mexican spot you should hit up during happy hour. The $4 tacos are very much worth the early dinner.
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