El Quetzal

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3209 Beacon Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144

Beacon Hill residents fill this unassuming restaurant and bar for fresh, authentic standards and to find new favorites. They’d probably prefer to keep it to themselves, but with the light rail close by, pambazos (traditional sandwiches with unique fillings, such as mashed potatoes) and tortas this good won’t remain a secret much longer. The “gigantes” portions don’t mess around, but quality isn’t sacrificed for quantity. Crisp fried fish tacos are lauded, with apple bits adding zest and tartness. The nopales (cactus) salad with chicharrones (pork skins), enchiladas in cactus sauce (enchiladas picudas) and the mole plate are definite stars of the menu—especially adorable is the fried tortilla “boat” holding a side of flavorful refried beans.

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