Food & Drink

The Best Tacos in Seattle

In a city with so much great food, we wanted to know: What really takes the prize? Our critics tasted dozens of the very best tacos to find out

By Naomi Tomky August 24, 2018


This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Seattle magazine.

This article appears in print as the cover story of the September 2018 issue. Read more from the Best of the Best Restaurants feature story hereClick here to subscribe.

Best of the Best: Taco Street

San Buenaventura, a Mexican town about 180 miles south of El Paso, Texas, is known for red chiles, pecan trees and beef. Thus, now that Martin Perez, who hails from that Chihuahua city, and his wife, Elonka, have finally acted on their dream to open a Mexican restaurant, those ingredients feature prominently.

That’s particularly evident in their barbacoa taco ($2.75): beef marinated in the famous red chiles they import directly from San Buenaventura, cooked and wrapped up in their locally sourced flour tortillas. The tortillas do equal justice to the rest of the menu, too, in dishes discovered by the couple during their years in Los Angeles, and which other Golden State transplants are thrilled to find in Seattle: California burritos and Texas-style breakfast tacos.

Columbia City, 7136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, No. 102; 206.659.0583;


Taqueria La Fondita No. 2
White Center, 9811 15th Ave. SW; 206.551.0529

Rosticeria y Cocina el Paisano
White Center, 9615 15th Ave. SW; 206.763.0368
TIP: Stop in around the corner at the sibling butcher shop to pick up fixings to make your own tacos or for some of their tamales to-go.

Ambakity Cocina Mexicana
South Park, 8515 14th Ave S.; 206.257.5483


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