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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If you’re needing a sports bar with a classy aesthetic and bar food your parents might want to eat, check out Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square.
Good Bar is a great spot in Pioneer Square for charcuterie and some cocktails. And the happy hour goes until 7pm.
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Carmelo’s is a Capitol Hill Mexican spot inside Hillside Market convenience store that serves delicious tacos.
Taqueria El Asadero is a truck on Rainier with great tortas and a tremendous taco deal - $6 for four tacos.
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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There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
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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