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5 Places in Seattle to Get Your Austin Fix, as Chosen by Henri and Soni Schock of Bottlehouse

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As proprietors of Madrona's Bottlehouse, Henri and Soni Schock may have their collective head in the vineyard during business hours, but when it's time to punch the clock, the two often head to a Lone Star State-inspired oasis. Soni is from super laid-back Austin, Texas: "There's a creative casualness to it." Hubby Henri, who loves Austin by association, adds: "There's always an element of music and al fresco-type of energy to it. It's almost like people run from work to get a spot on some patio to relax."

So, where in Seattle does the duo run to get swept away in Austin-like comfort? Here's an alphabetized map of their top 5 picks.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barrio

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1420 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 588-8105
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Soni: "We do love going to Barrio and just sipping on some mezcal. They have an amazing menu of mezcals, and for us, we love mezcals over tequila, if we had to choose. We geek out. I love their agua frescas (fresh juices) and in Texas, that's what they have there: horchata, watermelon, cantaloupe, whatever it is. I don't know how many people order it, but I always go for the agua fresca and then I have my little mezcal."
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2. Fonda La Catrina

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5907 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-2787
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Soni: "That's our rendezvous for lunchtime." Henri: "We get their black bean tamale." Soni: "I love their soups. Their soups are amazing. They always have a veggie option. It's just a really nice curated simple menu." Henri: "And it's a cool curated space, too. It definitely has that Austin feel."
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3. Little Water Cantina

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2865 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 397-4940
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Soni: "Really, it's the vibe and the margarita. In Texas, there's a lot of places to sit by the lake and it's just very...chill. And a lot of communal seating, which I love."
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4. Santa Fe Cafe

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5910 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 783-9755
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Henri: "Santa Fe Cafe for the queso." Soni: "Nowhere else in Seattle can you just get creamy cheese sauce — that's what it is — with a little spice." Henri: "It's basically like Velveeta but they use good cheese. And they don't muddy it up. Every other place adds chorizo and a bunch of other stuff." Soni: "It's just simple like they do in Texas or New Mexico. We will go there just to get their queso and drink a margarita. It reminds me of home."
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5. Sitka and Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0662
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Henri: "Sitka & Spruce taco night for the guacamole and the Michelada. [Both are] so classic and undisturbed. If you order a Michelada in Texas, especially in Austin, that's what you get — lime juice, salt and beer. It's just simple and satisfying. Same with the guacamole. It's simple as well." Soni: "Not a lot of fuss, just lime juice, avocado, delicious. And quality chips, which is important."
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1. Barrio

1420 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Soni: "We do love going to Barrio and just sipping on some mezcal. They have an amazing menu of mezcals, and for us, we love mezcals over tequila, if we had to choose. We geek out. I love their agua frescas (fresh juices) and in Texas, that's what they have there: horchata, watermelon, cantaloupe, whatever it is. I don't know how many people order it, but I always go for the agua fresca and then I have my little mezcal."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1420 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Fonda La Catrina

5907 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Soni: "That's our rendezvous for lunchtime." Henri: "We get their black bean tamale." Soni: "I love their soups. Their soups are amazing. They always have a veggie option. It's just a really nice curated simple menu." Henri: "And it's a cool curated space, too. It definitely has that Austin feel."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
5907 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

3. Little Water Cantina

2865 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Soni: "Really, it's the vibe and the margarita. In Texas, there's a lot of places to sit by the lake and it's just very...chill. And a lot of communal seating, which I love."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
2865 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

4. Santa Fe Cafe

5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Henri: "Santa Fe Cafe for the queso." Soni: "Nowhere else in Seattle can you just get creamy cheese sauce — that's what it is — with a little spice." Henri: "It's basically like Velveeta but they use good cheese. And they don't muddy it up. Every other place adds chorizo and a bunch of other stuff." Soni: "It's just simple like they do in Texas or New Mexico. We will go there just to get their queso and drink a margarita. It reminds me of home."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
5910 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Sitka and Spruce

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Henri: "Sitka & Spruce taco night for the guacamole and the Michelada. [Both are] so classic and undisturbed. If you order a Michelada in Texas, especially in Austin, that's what you get — lime juice, salt and beer. It's just simple and satisfying. Same with the guacamole. It's simple as well." Soni: "Not a lot of fuss, just lime juice, avocado, delicious. And quality chips, which is important."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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