Whidbey Island-born Rocket Taco opens today at 5 p.m. in the Capitol Hill space that was home to Kingfish Cafe, Ernest Loves Agnes, and, briefly, Contadino. The Seattle expansion’s taco menu involves from-scratch tortillas cradling ingredients like chorizo potato, ancho-seasoned chicken, and vegetarian options like quinoa lentil.
The menu is rounded out with taco-adjacent items like a taco salad, quesadillas, and tortilla soup. Drinks-wise, there are frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas, a michelada, and a paloma, plus beer on tap and in bottles, wine, horchata, and Jarritos Mexican sodas.
Steve and Jill Rosen are behind Rocket Taco. The couple split their time between Capitol Hill and Whidbey Island, where they opened the original Rocket Taco in the town of Freeland in April 2017. They also own seasonal ice cream shop Freeland Freeze next door.
Rocket Taco takes over a venue most recently occupied by Brian Clevenger’s (Vendemmia, Raccolto) Italian restaurant Contadino, which closed in August after only six months in business. Before that, Ernest Loves Agnes ran its Italian-inflected restaurant there for a little more than two years following the closure of beloved and long-running soul-food spot Kingfish Cafe. Perhaps tacos will finally be the right fit for the space.
After today, hours for Rocket Taco will be 11 a.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.