There’s always a wait for the patio at Little Water Cantina, a popular Mexican spot in Eastlake with a great view of Lake Union. But we say you should stick it out - at the end of the road is access to that aforementioned view and some excellent palomas. (If watermelon margaritas are in season, you’re going to want some of those, too.) Food-wise, stick with the guacamole and queso with chorizo - skip the tacos.
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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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