We really wanted to love Zocálo, the new upscale Mexican spot in Pioneer Square. The inside is sleek, the service is great, and the al pastor tacos are delicious. But the rest of what we’ve tried is disappointing: the tempura rockfish is mostly greasy batter, the sopes are too charred, and the chips insanely salty. Margaritas and tacos are the move here, skip the entrees, and get a side of guacamole.
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Agua Verde Cafe
In addition to having one of our favorite patios in town, Agua Verde in the University District has excellent frozen margaritas and fish tacos.
Taqueria El Asadero
Taqueria El Asadero is a taco truck operating out of a bus on Rainier that serves incredible birria and carnitas tacos, tortas, and more.
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Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar
If you’re looking for Mexican food and a fun environment, Barrio in Capitol Hill is a great choice.
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