Green Eating While the kitchen strives to use local and organic products and compost all food waste, the staff’s eco-conscious efforts don’t stop there. The restaurant boasts LEED Platinum certification, in part due to the materials used to construct the space. The bar is made from rough, recycled wood and cinder blocks, light fixtures are upcycled gramophone horns, and one entire wall is constructed from 800 tequila bottles foraged from restaurant dumpsters.
Manchamanteles: Spanish for tablecloth stainer, this is made from a mix of chiles, veggies, and meats, and is considered a classic Oaxacan mole.
Achiote: Spanish for annatto, this is extracted from the seeds of a shrub by the same name. It’s used as a spice or for its rich reddish color.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Gaze into the eyes of the Fremont Troll, who lives beneath the Aurora Bridge (3600 Troll Avenue N).
After: Watch boats depart from the hand-launch area at Fairview Park (2900 Fairview Avenue E).
No matter the weather, Agua Verde Cafe’s casual dining room and tropical margaritas recall the balmy days of summer. The restaurant and outdoor patio overlook the bay, where diners can catch seaside breezes and watch kayakers from the Paddle Club down below. Here are more reasons it’s worth a visit: