La Luna for Lunch

Since we were in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, it was a disappointment that Mezcaleria Oaxaca, sister restaurant of La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard, is closed on Sundays. We came across La Luna after we parked the car near the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave, which looked like some sort of... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Los Agaves (Santa Barbara, CA)

Every one of us can recall when one of our favorite restaurants closes its doors for good. It's all the more upsetting when it was responsible for introducing you to a defining dish, one that stays in your memory long after you've had it, one that hasn't been matched by any restaurant since. Such was... Continue Reading →

Pancho’s Restaurante (Brookings, OR)

It took one bite of the burrito to realize that the red snapper was faultlessly fresh. My memory doesn't serve me if I'd ever eaten a fish burrito before. I don't normally choose anything with a cream sauce, but the dish was listed as one of the specialties at Pancho's Restaurante. Fortunately, the cream was added with restraint. The entire... Continue Reading →

Birria de Chivo Tacos at Los Temos Taqueria (Salem, OR)

Surrounded by large tracts of farmland on the outskirts of Salem is a small stretch of local shops and businesses. Among them is a taqueria innocuously housed in a flat building, which you might normally drive past since there's nothing remarkable about the exterior except that it's painted in the tricolors of Mexico. Los Temos specializes... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa’s (Hillsboro, OR)

In this fifth largest city of Oregon whose major employer is Intel, among other high-tech companies, almost one fourth of the population is Hispanic. It's not surprising, therefore, that a commercial district has developed in the city's southeast portion to serve this demographic. One of the most popular Mexican restaurants is Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's that... Continue Reading →

Cinco de Mayo at Tapatio Mexican Grill (Bellevue, WA)

After a throat-parching, warm day of hiking in the Cougar Mountain Regional Park, we headed straight to a Mexican restaurant for a late lunch. There were no Cinco de Mayo specials, except for a few drinks and snacks for happy hour, somewhat of a disappointment since many area Mexican restaurants were offering specials (off-menu) just for... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Taqueria El Rinconsito (Bellevue, WA)

Soft tacos are such a popular snack in Mexico that it was inevitable that they should make an appearance across the border. This has been a relatively recent phenomenon because the Mexican restaurants of yesteryear—at least the ones I frequented in Southern California—usually served tacos with crispy, fried shells and ground beef fillings. I have to... Continue Reading →

Taquitos at La Cocina del Puerco (Bellevue, WA)—CLOSED

In the sea of cookie-cutter Mexican restaurants in the Seattle area, one on the Eastside stands out for its great food and interior decor kitschiness. When you walk through La Cocina del Puerco's doors, it's refreshing to be surrounded by piñatas hanging from the ceiling, the turquoise- and pink-painted walls, rickety metal card tables doubling... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant (Kennewick, WA)

As I posted earlier, the large population of Mexican-Americans in eastern Washington naturally leads to the startup of quite a few Mexican restaurants. Driving through the main drag of small towns, such as Quincy, you can't help but notice how many there are. All that competition should raise the overall quality. For dinner tonight, we... Continue Reading →

Dinner at El Rodeo (Moses Lake, WA)

Eastern Washington has many Mexican restaurants, even in the small towns of the Palouse. One could say that here they are as ubiquitous as pizza, hamburger and Chinese restaurants. After a day of driving over halfway across the state, hiking and marveling at Missoula Flood remnants, we wanted margaritas, so that meant Mexican food.Yelpers seemed... Continue Reading →

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