Mexican Restaurants in Yakima

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Cuisine Type: Fresh, veggie-friendly Mexican food
Established: 2002
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Seafood tacos, chile rellenos, enchiladas
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Kevin Bastin, Owner

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
I grew up cooking Italian food, learning to cook from scratch from my mother. I began learning authentic Mexican recipes while living in Austin, Texas after college. My best friend's mother was a fantastic cook and instilled in me a love for fresh ingredients and the preparation of flavorful traditional dishes. Over the years I have worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Ray, the Regent Beverly Wilshire and other fine dining establishments, but never lost my affection for the Mexican cooking I learned in Texas. After opening The Taco Shoppe, I have expanded my repertoire and begun creating my own recipes and variations on the traditional Mexican fare.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
When I arrived in Government Camp after working at several local establishments like Timberline Lodge and Edgefield, I opened a small take-out place in 2002. In late 2013 The Taco Shoppe reopened as a full-service restaurant with a full bar. The new space and expanded menu allows me to try out new recipes and margaritas. Cozy booths surround the walls and large windows offer views of picturesque downtown Govy, a tiny mountain community surrounded by several ski resorts on and near Mount Hood. In the summer, the town becomes a haven for skateboarders and offers year-round opportunities for skiers and snowboarders.

Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to?
All the recipes are my creations, including homemade chips and salsas. One of my passions (besides skiing!) is wild mushroom hunting, and the chanterelles, boletes, and morels find their way into my kitchen, as well as inspire the decor in the restaurant.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The Taco Shoppe serves up fresh, authentic Mexican dishes like chile rellenos, enchiladas, carne asada, and tamales. Most entrees come with a side of our homemade fire-roasted red salsa or spicy green chile, or specialties like fresh grilled pineapple salsa. Many items are vegetarian and/or gluten-free. Depending on the season, you may find on offer such specialties as local, wild mushroom soups and enchiladas, or fresh steelhead, salmon, or rockfish tacos. From the bar, you can try a Mexican martini or a local draft, but you would be remiss if you didn't try a fresh-squeezed house margarita with Cazadores tequila and Patron Citronge orange liqueur.

88786 E Government Camp Loop
Government Camp,
OR
US

Since Frank Tonkin Sr. opened his first Taco Time in 1962, each location has hand-chopped its own vegetables and concocted pots of fresh-cooked pinto beans every morning. Try the classic beef crisp burrito ($2.79) or its meat-free cousin, the veggie soft taco ($4.69), with a side of spherical, seasoned Mexi-fries ($1.69 for a regular). Watch your figure through southwest chop-salad-colored glasses, with black bean and corn salsa, pico de gallo, and mixed veggies ($5.59). Or opt for a cup of white chicken chili, another of many healthy options at just 139 calories ($1.99).

1302 W Meeker St
Kent,
WA
US

Sidling up to the 14-foot, vintage timber tasting bar, one of Capri Cellars' wine stewards already has a bottle in hand. Encompassing tastes from a wide variety of wines, themed flights encourage visitors to get familiar with pinots, Washington reds, and vintages from around the globe. Guests follow sips with a host of paired snacks, such as marcona almonds, carefully curated cheese plates, and smoked salmon. The staff invites visitors to hang out at the bar or take a seat in one of the chic leather chairs to play spin the bottle on the floor.

88 Front St S
Issaquah,
WA
US