Austin’s famous SXSW festival may have just ended its 2016 edition, but the food cravings it inspires linger year-round. Those who love Tex-Mex know that it’s more than generic gringo-fied Mexican food. Tex-Mex can mean a lot of things; at its best, it’s interior-rooted foods flecked with Creole-influenced roux and umami-packed ingredients like mature cheeses, roasted tomatoes, and smoked beef. It’s not always synonymous with margaritas and tacos, but it sure as hell can be.
Whether choosing a spot based on your personal style or rambling along and cherry-picking the best qualities of each, here are the top places to satiate your Tex-Mex needs in Seattle.
1. El Chupacabra
El Chupacabra sometimes veers toward Baja- and Mission-style Mexican, but it also offers specific Tex-style options like huevos rancheros and “TexMex Tacos,” soft tacos made with flour rather than corn. Plus, you can Michelada any beer for an extra $1.50, and there are tostadas you can actually eat like tostadas, rather than with fork and knife. The Alki location is great, but the Greenwood flagship and South Lake Union outpost get extra points for sunny outdoor seating.
“This swanky lakeside location bears the same stellar selection of affordable margaritas and classic bar nachos that made the first spot on Phinney Ridge famous — now with a million-dollar view to boot.”
“Stopped quit a few places along the water and this one by far was the best. Great service at the bar and the food was great. Highly recommend”
Originally Posted on TripAdvisor
A friend of mine recently moved to the City, and I ventured out for a night out with her. She took me to El Chupacabra, and it was delicious. I was very impressed with the quality, atmosphere, service. I ordered the fish burrito which was wonderful. The little basket on the table with the different sauces were really nice, great flavor!
Also, for a drink I ordered the Bartenders Margarita, very good, so I had two!
Originally posted on TripAdvisor
My friend and I planned a relaxing Sunday of a foot massage and then brunch at El Chupacabra afterwards which was only several blocks down the street from the spa. It was an awesome sunny Sunday in Seattle, even though it was chilly but that’s our winter up here. We found street parking in front – so lucky, otherwise, good luck because it can be a busy area. It’s across the street from Red Mill Burgers. There might be a parking lot nearby, I can’t remember, but don’t fret because parking will be found.
We headed in for brunch which started at 11 am. I loved the decor – think Dia de los Muertos – and that there was an outside deck. The deck will be great in the summer. Very cool feel and comfy with groups of family, friends, kids enjoying Sunday brunch. My friend recommended the chilaquiles and that’s what I ordered. I chose scrambled eggs instead of fried eggs (no runny yolks for me, thank you). You can have the eggs as you choose. Mmm, mmm savory goodness. Very filling but didn’t stuff me to the point of countdown to food coma. I also had a great mango lemonade. Lemonade usually leaves me phlegmy (sorry, had to be said), but no such effect. The prices were reasonable and food was tasty. This is a good spot to meet up with friends and meet new ones.
My friend told me some of the gals who work here are involved with roller derby. Aha! I knew there was something awesomely fantastic about the women who worked here. They all had kick butt rockstarness which made me want to step up my own kick buttness. Definite fun place, awesome looking staff, good service, good food, and good location. I’ll be back!
Originally posted on Happy Cow
Awesome tasting mexican food and really reasonable prices. There are a couple of vegan meats and cheeses to choose from. I had a chik’n chimichanga and it was AWEOME. My only beef is that the service is slow (they seemed under-staffed) and the place is dark, dingy and LOUD. Turn down the music, people! Otherwise, a totally awesome place.