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Taco Tuesday Heatmap: 10 of Seattle's Best Taco Spots

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Tacos are one of those dishes that can bring people together or divide them beyond repair. In fact, ask someone in Seattle where their favorite tacos are located and you'll get one of two responses: a sarcastic "Mexico"/"my kitchen," or, if they're helpful, one of these recommendations by Eater's Julia Wayne.

Here now, in alphabetical order, a map of her top 10 go-to taco shacks, trucks, taquerias, pop-ups and other general worthy pitstops. Have a favorite taco not on this list? The comments section is all ears.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 418 Public House

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418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-0418
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Why does this otherwise whitebread-looking bar have some of the best Mexican food around? Don’t ask. Just order their mole pollo or one of the three kinds of shrimp tacos (the best is the chipotle shrimp) and enjoy the randomness of it all. Bonus: The best birria de res and pozole around, served with all the fixings.
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2. El Camión Adentro

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6416 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-1124
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With multiple locations (including the relatively new brick & mortar on 65th & 15th in Ballard, the original Aurora Home Depot lot and a truck by the stadiums), “The Truck” gets props for their perfect consistency, flavorful fish and sauce, and their adobada tacos, as well as a ton of salsas to top things off. Bonus: Gorditas with cochinita pibil.
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3. El Fogon

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3517 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
In our perfect world, all school buses would become taco trucks in heaven. El Fogon is Rainier Ave’s second excellent taco bus (Also check out Asadero, across the street at 3517), and the carnitas are killer. Bonus: It’s a taco bus, you guys. That is the bonus.
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4. Fonda La Catrina

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5907 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-2787
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The always-excellent Catrina has one of the most extensive menus in the Seattle Mexican food game, but the Alambre tacos are hard to beat. With steak, bacon, peppers and onions, they taste like something you’d make at home if you could get a woman to come over and hand make the tortillas the way she does here. Bonus: The handmade tortillas, brunch, hidden patio… it’s like an onion of glorious surprises!
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5. La Conasupo

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8532 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-0533
It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but the tienda up front gives way to a small restaurant in back. On Sundays, their tacos dorados de papas y sesos (fried tacos with potato and spicy chiles or brains) are served special to help with hangovers. Bonus: The biggest carnitas tacos you can find, plus consomme and menudo on weekends.
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6. Los Padrillos

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Rainier Avenue South & South Graham Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Friends who have lived in Mexico City, and others who just fancy a drive pretty far south whenever they want carnitas tacos, all love the Los Padrillos taco truck on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Graham. Bonus: Street cred.

7. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 328-8226
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Their fusion food is always a hit, but vegetarians and normals alike swear by the sexy tofu tacos (the beef and spicy pork versions are great too). Bonus: Spam and Kahlua sliders.
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8. Sitka and Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0662
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On Monday nights, Matt Dillon’s popular locally-sourced everything restaurant transforms into Chef Alvaro’s own private Mexico City-style taqueria. The ingredients are his whim, but the chicharron tacos have been widely voted as a favorite. Bonus: The beautiful setting.
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9. Tacos Chukis

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219 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 382-4447
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Capitol Hillers who love a little sweet with their meat dig the grilled pineapple and pork tacos, and vegetarians have more than one option (cactus, flavorful beans) on their part. Bonus: Friendly staff.
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10. Taqueria El Sabor

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15221 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA
Their super-stuffed menu is full of great options, but they get extra points for their rich chorizo and carne asada tacos. Bonus: Excellent Mulitas.
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1. 418 Public House

418 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Why does this otherwise whitebread-looking bar have some of the best Mexican food around? Don’t ask. Just order their mole pollo or one of the three kinds of shrimp tacos (the best is the chipotle shrimp) and enjoy the randomness of it all. Bonus: The best birria de res and pozole around, served with all the fixings.
[Photo Credit]
418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. El Camión Adentro

6416 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
With multiple locations (including the relatively new brick & mortar on 65th & 15th in Ballard, the original Aurora Home Depot lot and a truck by the stadiums), “The Truck” gets props for their perfect consistency, flavorful fish and sauce, and their adobada tacos, as well as a ton of salsas to top things off. Bonus: Gorditas with cochinita pibil.
[Photo Credit]
6416 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. El Fogon

3517 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
In our perfect world, all school buses would become taco trucks in heaven. El Fogon is Rainier Ave’s second excellent taco bus (Also check out Asadero, across the street at 3517), and the carnitas are killer. Bonus: It’s a taco bus, you guys. That is the bonus.
[Photo of Asadero Yelp]
3517 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

4. Fonda La Catrina

5907 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
The always-excellent Catrina has one of the most extensive menus in the Seattle Mexican food game, but the Alambre tacos are hard to beat. With steak, bacon, peppers and onions, they taste like something you’d make at home if you could get a woman to come over and hand make the tortillas the way she does here. Bonus: The handmade tortillas, brunch, hidden patio… it’s like an onion of glorious surprises!
[Photo Credit]
5907 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

5. La Conasupo

8532 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but the tienda up front gives way to a small restaurant in back. On Sundays, their tacos dorados de papas y sesos (fried tacos with potato and spicy chiles or brains) are served special to help with hangovers. Bonus: The biggest carnitas tacos you can find, plus consomme and menudo on weekends.
[Photo Credit]
8532 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Los Padrillos

Rainier Avenue South & South Graham Street, Seattle, WA 98118
Friends who have lived in Mexico City, and others who just fancy a drive pretty far south whenever they want carnitas tacos, all love the Los Padrillos taco truck on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Graham. Bonus: Street cred.
Rainier Avenue South & South Graham Street
Seattle, WA 98118

7. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127
Their fusion food is always a hit, but vegetarians and normals alike swear by the sexy tofu tacos (the beef and spicy pork versions are great too). Bonus: Spam and Kahlua sliders.
[Photo Credit]
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

8. Sitka and Spruce

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
On Monday nights, Matt Dillon’s popular locally-sourced everything restaurant transforms into Chef Alvaro’s own private Mexico City-style taqueria. The ingredients are his whim, but the chicharron tacos have been widely voted as a favorite. Bonus: The beautiful setting.
[Photo Credit]
1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Tacos Chukis

219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Capitol Hillers who love a little sweet with their meat dig the grilled pineapple and pork tacos, and vegetarians have more than one option (cactus, flavorful beans) on their part. Bonus: Friendly staff.
[Photo Credit]
219 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

10. Taqueria El Sabor

15221 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA
Their super-stuffed menu is full of great options, but they get extra points for their rich chorizo and carne asada tacos. Bonus: Excellent Mulitas.
[Photo Credit]
15221 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA

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