Cravings: Tacos

Here are five authentic taco purveyors that will have you demanding, “¡Uno más, por favor!”

By Grace Geiger December 16, 2010


This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

Tacos have taken the spotlight, with tortillas providing the perfect blank canvas for playing with bright colors and bold flavors. Here are five authentic taco purveyors that will have you demanding, “¡Uno más, por favor!”

Taco Gringos
For those late-night munchies, check out this happening spot for tiny corn-tortilla-wrapped tacos that pack in serious flavor, thanks to enticing salsas. Adventurous? Try the rabbit or beef tongue tacos. $2. Capitol Hill, 1510 E Olive Way;

El Camión
One of the best taco trucks around, El Camión is renowned for its lightly seared fish tacos garnished with pico de gallo, cilantro and crema agria. But be sure to try the veggie taco, made with lightly sautéed bell peppers and onions—a show-stopping option at a dangerously affordable price. $1.40–$2. SoDo, 2918 First Ave. S; 206.659.0236. Shoreline, 11728 Aurora Ave. N; 206.367.2777. Ballard, 5314 15th Ave. NW; 206.297.1124;

Barracuda Taqueria
The carne a la plancha taco, with seared skirt steak, caramelized onions, poblano peppers and Oaxacan cheese on a corn tortilla (with a touch of flour), is so light, fresh and flavorful that just one might not be enough. $4. Queen Anne, 159 Denny Way, #109; 206.448.2062;

Tacos El Asadero
It may not look like much, but this taco truck delivers the goods with authentic carnitas tacos wrapped in hot corn tortillas and topped with cilantro, onions, pickled veggies and freshly squeezed lime juice. At just over a buck per taco, you can afford to leave satisfied. $1.20. Mount Baker, 7300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S; 206.760.9903

Flying Fish
The grilled fish taco platter, featuring house-made corn tortillas and roasted tomato salsa, may be on the pricey side, but it’s meant to be shared, and the made-from-scratch ingredients are well worth the extra cash. $18 small, $22 large. South Lake Union, 300 Westlake Ave. N; 206.728.8595;


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