I don’t know how many visitors to Seattle find their way to Rosticeria y Cocina El Paisano in the White Center neighborhood southwest of downtown, but I figured this was my chance.
After my abortive pie stop on the first day of my “Hit the Road Hungry” road trip, I was passing through Seattle at the inconvenient-for-lunch hour of 3 o’clock. But wouldn’t that be a perfect time for an afternoon taco stop, especially for a Mexican food-deprived Vancouverite?
At this neighborhood taqueria, the brick on the walls and the red leather on the booths may be fake, but the carnitas tacos are the real thing—handmade corn tortillas topped with a pile of pork, chopped onions, and fresh cilantro. You can embellish your tacos with a trio of increasingly spicy salsas, from the mild pico de gallo, to the hotter herbaceous verde, and the more fiery roja.
With a towering glass of creamy horchata to cool the heat, I’m back in my car—my taco craving at least temporarily sated.
If you go:
Rosticeria y Cocina El Paisano is at 9615 15th Avenue SW., Seattle, 206-763-0368. If you were driving between downtown and Sea-Tac airport, it would not be out of the question to detour for a taco or two.
About the “Hit the Road Hungry” Road Trip
This post is part of the “Hit the Road Hungry” series, chronicling my solo Vancouver-to-Los Angeles road trip, working with a company called Hit The Road that pairs people who want to take road trips with people who need their cars moved. I’m delivering a 1998 Honda Civic for its owners who are moving from British Columbia to southern California. I’ve got five days to make the trip—and eat my way down the west coast. The previous post in this series is When Plans for Pie Go Awry.
Photos © Carolyn B. Heller