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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San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
For your next casual weeknight dinner, go to Cafe Munir in Ballard for some great Lebanese food.
Ray’s doesn’t have the best seafood in Seattle (or even Ballard), but when the sun comes out, the patio here is where you want to be.
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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.
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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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