Cinco de Mayo, known as the day for eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas, (especially in the U.S.) has never been more popular.

But many people are unaware what the day actually celebrates: the Mexican army’s surprise victory over Napoleon III’s French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

But hey, any day that calls for Mexican cuisine and margaritas-now, that’s a good day!

In celebration of this holiday, it seems fitting to feature two of the best Mexican restaurants in Seattle (at least in my view!) which are located in the hip area known as Capitol Hill: Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar and Poquitos.

Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar: The Best Chicken Tacos Of Your Life

Barrio, is one of the coolest restaurants in the city. Locals eat here, and so do tourists.

It is upscale Mexican at its finest, with hip decor and attentive staff.

The white sangria went down a treat, and the fries are a really nice quality and not greasy which is good. A lot of the menu looks great, with enchiladas, nachos and burritos being devoured by those around me as well!

But the highlight of my evening was hands down the Chipotle Braised Chicken Taco, which at Happy Hour are only $3.50 each!

These tacos are amazing! The best you’ll ever eat! Along with chicken, the tacos come in a good quality soft tortilla with escabeche slaw, avocado salsa and cotija cheese. It is so superb, you can’t possibly stop at one-and for the price, you don’t need to!
Chipotle Braised Chicken Taco, Barrio

Chipotle Braised Chicken Taco, Barrio

It is safe to say, no matter what you eat here, you’ll enjoy it; making Barrio a go-to place in Seattle for Mexican food.
Barrio, Seattle

Barrio, Seattle

Barrio is located at 1420 12th Ave, Seattle.

Poquitos: Large Portions & Good Value Prices

Poquitos is another amazing restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area.

And it’s prices are truly good value in Seattle, whether you want a big meal or a light snack.

The best thing about this place is that it is truly authentic Mexican, with many ingredients sourced from Mexico. So if you can’t get down to the real thing, eating here is just as good!

The decor is really nice with a black, red and white colour scheme, and hanging lights that offer a really relaxed feel as you sit.

On my visit, I wasn’t overly hungry for lunch, so I chose the Grilled Quesadilla with cheese, as I was told it was quite large, without needing chicken or steak added to it. And it truly was!

A delicious flour tortilla, asadero & jack cheese, served with tomato salsa & crema ; this meal right here was heaven! And so filling for $6! I still think about it. The melted cheese and the crunch of the tortilla together are to die for!
Cheese Quesadilla, Poquitos

Cheese Quesadilla, Poquitos


After this was devoured, dessert was looking good as well, with more room in my belly than I thought I had.

Wanting to try the Churros, which are always good, no matter where you are, I had to try these to see if their desserts were just as delicious. They were.


Churros, Poquitos

Churros, Poquitos


The Churros y Cajeta, are Mexican doughnuts that come with a spiced caramel dipping sauce.

This was a delicious dessert! Not greasy or oily, but cooked to perfection and so crisp!

The dipping sauce was a beautiful addition to it, rather than the usual chocolate options. The Churros themselves are thick, not thin like you usually get in most places.

I managed to eat 3 of the 4 of them. But I wanted them all!

So delicious, words cannot express it.

I will definitely be back to eat these again…and try more menu options that looked HUGE and amazing!

The staff are friendly and the prices are so good here, why wouldn’t you return?

Poquitos is located at 1000 E. Pike St Seattle.

The Verdict?

Seattle does Mexican so well.

Whether it is Cinco de Mayo, Happy Hour or just a meal out in the city, you can’t beat these two options in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood.

Make sure you stop at these places if you are in town. You won’t regret it.

I am already planning my trip back!

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