Today’s tortilla-filled Groupon gets you $10 worth of authentic Mexican eats for $5 at El Puerco Lloron, a cafeteria-style eatery bringing south-of-the-border flavors to the Northwest since 1982 and defending Seattle against warring robots since 2013.
Turquoise walls with bright accents, festive lighting, and kitschy details score street cred, but its El Puerco Lloron’s authentic plates that really seal the deal. Try the taquitos ($6), a trio of handmade corn tortillas stuffed with your choice of meat and served with rice and beans. Vegetarians can try the rellenos de queso ($7.50), deep-fried Anaheim peppers oozing with cheese and served with tortillas, rice, and beans. You’ll also find carnitas, tamales, and tacos. Wash down your meal with a margarita or Negra Modelo.
If you’re seeking a laidback lunch or authentic eat, El Puerco cures your cravings without the worries of neglectful waiters or talking whales who want everyone in the restaurant to listen to their break-up songs. One step into this downtown dining destination and memories of the beachside shacks you frequented for fish tacos and salt-rimmed margaritas over spring break will come flooding back in a wave made out of tortilla. The casual eatery is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Citysearchers give El Puerco Lloron four stars:
- This is simple good food, and traditional. This is the closest I've found to my Sister-in-Law's cooking (my brother married into a Mexican family). – saber58
- This place is OUTSTANDING. One of the very few places in Seattle to get REAL mexican food. – mrgramdefromage
- The ingredients are fresh, the corn tortillas home-made on the spot, and the cost won't dent you wallet... – angel808
Party Hearty Alternative Spring Breaks
The Mexican treats of El Puerco Lloron might remind you of spring break in Mexico. More likely, however, you spent spring break at one of these party-hearty, alternative locations:
Washington, DC: Whaoooh! You can spell party with just two letters—D and C. Come see how laws are made and visit a variety of historical statues! Get down and get funky with the actual Enola Gay at the city’s hottest government-funded museum, the Smithsonian.
Charleston, South Carolina: It’s been named the best-mannered city in the U.S., and for good reason: ‘cause it’s party central! Bring the party to a number of historical U.S. synagogues, and be sure to check out the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Oh yeah!
Utica, New York: You better believe it’s the most populous of the 18 cities named Utica, probably ‘cause party people love the Erie Canal and lake-effect snow deep into the summer months.
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El Puerco Lloron
El Puerco Lloron's staff serves a full menu of classic Mexican food either inside or, on nicer days, on its sunlight-rich outdoor patio. Pork, chicken, and beef taquitos can be enjoyed amid a beach-like atmosphere full of cool blue and salmon tones, colorful hanging lights with intricate flower patterns, and mural art that conjures pastoral serenity. The well-worn folding tables further crystallize the vibe, which is more laid back than an SAT-taker who's already a billionaire.
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