Little Water Cantina: A User’s Guide
Modern, Seasonal Mexican | Killer Views of Lake Union | Artful Cocktails | “Freakishly Delicious Guacamole”
Appetizer: empanadas stuffed with smoked Canadian duck or mixed veggies with almond cheese
Entree: wild-boar torta ahogada with grilled pineapple, three-chili sauce, and fried onions
Side: hock, chile, and beer-braised black and pinto beans
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.
If weather permits, the 2,200-square-foot patio offers unmatched views of Lake Union.
On the last Sunday of each month, the eatery hosts the kid-friendly event Snouts and Stouts, during which the kitchen staff whole-roasts a naturally raised pig on the patio and serves it in pork tacos while local bands play.
Street parking is usually ample, but if it’s tight, find a free spot in the restaurant’s underground garage.
“Little Water Cantina's spectacular tuna ceviche is a party on a plate.”
— Seattle Times
“Freakishly delicious guacamole.” — The Stranger
“Bar manager Ryan Minch uses sotol to perfection in The Dog Fighter cocktail: a crisp, citrusy affair that blends sotol with El Jimador tequila blanco, maraschino, lemon juice, Cointreau and peach bitters.” — Seattle Magazine
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).
La Carta de Oaxaca: A User’s Guide
Regional Oaxacan Cuisine | Popular Margaritas | Shareable Small Plates | Private Outdoor Patio | Signature Mole Dishes
Appetizer: hand-mashed guacamole and house-fried tortilla chips
Lunch dish: tamales salsa verde
Dinner dish: mole negro oaxaqueño—black mole with chicken or pork, served with rice and tortillas
Drink: house sangria
Where to Sit: If your party is small, grab some seats at the counter so you can look in on the open kitchen and watch the chefs at work. If you have a party of 10 or more, make a reservation for the outdoor plaza, which features large communal tables.
When to Go: Instead of trick-or-treating, head out for a bite on October 31. That’s when the restaurant celebrates the Day of the Dead with live music and a parade.
Order lots of different things; the menu consists mostly of small plates.
Be ready for some heat. Spiciness is king in Oaxaca, the region in Mexico that inspired La Carta de Oaxaca’s cuisine. This is especially true when it comes to one of the region’s most famous foods, mole sauce.
Seattle magazine calls this, “easily Seattle’s most authentic Mexican restaurant...”
Seattle Weekly says, “The margaritas are practically perfect.”
Mole: there are many regional varieties of this rich sauce, but chilies, spices, and mexican chocolate are the most common ingredients. It’s typically served atop poultry or pork.
Huevos rancheros: fried eggs topped with a tomato-chili sauce (or salsa) and served atop lightly fried tortillas.
Tamale: corn-based dough that’s stuffed with meat, veggies, or cheese before getting wrapped in a corn husk and steamed.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Shop for some local artwork at Venue (5408 22nd Avenue NW).
After: Finish off the night with an eclectic lineup of live bands at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Avenue NW).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: La Carta de Oaxaca’s sister restaurant, Mezcaleria Oaxaca (2123 Queen Anne Avenue N).
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Mama Lil's Peppers and sip your way to happiness.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Mama Lil's Peppers has all of your pasta necessities.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Mama Lil's Peppers.
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
There's no better way to satisfy your hunger craving than with some tasty canned goods from here.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Mama Lil's Peppers.
Spices and seasonings make every meal more flavorful, so expand your horizons and try some new ones.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Don't wait for things like rice to cook when you don't have to. The great selection of frozen food here helps you speed up the cooking time for any number of different foods.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
If you are visiting Mama Lil's Peppers, you can take advantage of the nearby parking options during your stay.
The Press Box: The Saint
When owner Quentin Ertel wanted to revamp the menu at The Saint, he ended up calling local taco master Álvaro Candela for advice on whom he should hire. After Candela met with Ertel, however, he volunteered for the job himself. The Mexican-born cook, who pioneered the popular Monday night tacos at the acclaimed Sitka & Spruce, relished the opportunity to revise The Saint's cuisine, bringing authentic Mexican street fare into the mix. The overhaul worked, with Ertel being praised for hiring Candela, and Candela being praised for his tasty take on tacos. Read on to see why:
"The suadero … has an overwhelming melt-in-your-mouth quality." — Seattle Magazine
"Bar snacks involve plenty of fried tortilla goodness, whether it's panuchos heaped with black beans and cochinita pibil, or chalupas poblanas, where the tortillas are stuffed with chicken and both green and red salsas." — Seattle Met
"The tropical environs of The Saint are sure to thaw your soul, especially when you order the hermano margarita, which is practically sunshine in a glass." — Seattle Weekly
"Nuance is not something you find in a lot of Mexican restaurants. Here, it is the hallmark of every dish." — Seattle Times
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Sit outside at El Camino and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
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If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
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Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
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Park on the street for easy access to name.
Commute by bike to El Camino and find easy bike parking.
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