The philosophy at Pecado Bueno is simple: if you’re going to sin—specifically, if you’re going to be gluttonous—why not do so with a bacon-wrapped chimichanga hotdog and an ice-cold margarita? Pecado Bueno translates roughly to “sin well,” and with its hefty burritos, three-cheese quesadillas, and egg- and cheese-filled weekend breakfasts, that’s exactly what the restaurant helps its visitors do.
Believe it or not, though, Pecado Bueno wasn’t built solely on sinister intentions. For beneath all the layers of cheese and meat hides the second part to the restaurant’s philosophy—the part that focuses on making everything from scratch, and using organic ingredients whenever possible. In fact, Pecado Bueno doesn’t select its ingredients based on if they can be preserved until there are cyborg farmers. Rather, it takes into consideration three key factors: their taste, their effect on the environment, and the quality of life for the animals that had a hand in their production.
Sunny and bright, the Heartland Café serves typical Midwestern comfort food, reminiscent of its owners’ Wisconsin roots. Brats, pork schnitzel, pan-fried chicken, burgers, meatloaf, deep fried cheese curds – it’s the stuff of living rooms and Packers games, with the usual hearty German flair. Yet, this being Seattle, Heartland also offers a few surprising vegetarian options, including a Field Roast sandwich and salad, as well as a handsome hummus plate. The cozy dining area is plastered with old Farmer’s Almanac pages, and purposefully mismatched boards with magnetic poetry underline the breakfast counter. Brunchers are invited to relax over hangover-curing plates of eggs and pancakes, while casual family dinners occupy most of the evening hours. Best of all, kids eat free at breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
Guadalajara North attracts Mexican-food aficionados with friendly staff, a full bar with regular happy hours, and a West Seattle location with plenty of on-street parking. Although the menu hosts Americanized standards such as taco salad and chicken quesadillas, according to the Stranger, " it's their authentic Mexican dishes that are superb." The chili verde, for example, features morsels of pork loin cooked with a tomatillo sauce and seasoned with house spices. On a warm summer evening, the restaurant's outdoor deck is an ideal spot to sip a margarita or test out napkin parachutes on action figures.
Located close to the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, Guadalajara lets diners fill up on authentic Mexican eats before or after crossing the Puget Sound. Cooks conjure up house specialties such as chicken fajitas served on sizzling plates, slivers of shredded beef seasoned and cooked according to a traditional recipe, and beef soup filled with various vegetables. The restaurant’s popular happy hour highlights its assortment of margaritas—available frozen or on the rocks—ranging from the tart cabo rita to the tequila sunrise, which features sweet grenadine.
Los Agaves Market, nestled in the iconic Pike Place Market, bear hugs the tradition of Mexican street food. Chef Jaime Mendez, born in Mexico City into an extended family of amateur chefs, creates an authentic menu shot through with his love of piquant Mayan annatto seasoning and his insistence on using fresh, locally sourced meats and veggies. Marinated pork al pastor spins on a vertical broiler, waiting to be sliced and wrapped in tacos balanced by a sprinkling of diced pineapple, onions, and fresh cilantro. These tacos, along with banana-leaf tamales stuffed with Oaxaca cheese and roasted chicken, have become customer favorites.
Morning commuters and undercover Carmen Sandiegos can pop in as early as 9 a.m. for breakfast burritos stuffed with chorizo and eggs or huevos rancheros served on housemade tortillas. During the winter months, season-specific offerings such as Mexican hot chocolate and pozole soup warm bellies.
The cafe at On Safari Foods is an extension of their globally inspired catering services, where people can enjoy a daily rotating menu chock full of everything from Aztec quinoa salad to chicken curry. Some of their most popular dishes are the housemade South African sausages and the authentic Italian meatball subs. Lunch caters to the workday crowd on Monday?Friday, serving up Thai beef, Mediterranean roasted veggies, and teriyaki salmon. Folks just call ahead for pick up if they're short on time or just nostalgic for a time when people used phones.