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The Best To-Go Spots for Tacos (and Tequila) in Seattle

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Although wild romps from Tex-Mex cantinas to beachside Baja fish taco spots have been temporarily put on hold, there’s no reason not to enjoy Taco Tuesday from the couch. The beloved and alliterative weekly event has only improved with the removal of the rules of dining-out decorum (like “wearing pants” and “using table manners”) while people shelter at home. In the past, takeout tacos never lived up to the restaurant version, in part because Taco Tuesday’s symbiotic life partner, tequila, was stuck at the restaurant, where trained bartenders and professional-quality blenders whipped up far better margaritas than you could at home. No longer, though: Seattle’s relaxation of its liquor laws means that Taco Tuesdays at home go hand-in-hand with Tequila Tuesdays at home. Here’s where to grab the best tacos and Tequila Cazadores cocktails in the city. And once you’re done exploring everything Seattle has to offer, make your own margaritas with our favorite at-home recipes.

Be sure to check these bars and restaurants before you go, as they continue to adapt to changing regulations.

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1. Old Fifth Avenue Tavern

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8507 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 522-1515
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Regulars know that Taco Tuesday at the Old Fifth Avenue Tavern is the stuff of legends. When the classic dive bar, one of the few remaining gems of the style in Seattle, reopened for takeout, they kept the tradition alive. The weekly celebration now comes as part of a package: $13 buys you two tacos, a bottle of beer, and a shot of Cazadores tequila to bring home and enjoy in your own space.

2. The Matador

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2221 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-2855
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From the wrought iron to the intricate logo on the takeaway cocktails, The Matador’s restaurants are beloved by taco fans. And you no longer need to choose between going big or going home: take Taco Tuesday to your casa with the Familia Dinner. Each package from their online ordering system comes with street or traditional tacos: enough tortillas for either two or four people plus all the fixings, including rice, beans, crema, salsa, and cheese, and your choice of meats (or non-meats). All you’ll need to add on are the aforementioned cocktails, which come in three sizes and more than a half-dozen variations, including blood orange, smokey, and Cadillac — ask for yours with Cazadores for a premium upgrade.

The interior of The Matador’s Ballard location. Courtesy of The Matador.

3. El Camino

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607 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-7303
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Some of the happiest hours in Seattle happened on the sun-drenched back porch of this Fremont restaurant, but even in another setting, the restaurant’s full slate of more than a half-dozen styles of margaritas will cheer up any afternoon. El Camino’s online ordering and curbside takeout makes it easy to swing through to grab a plate of their storied tacos made with high-quality ingredients. The all-natural beef, pork, and chicken in the carne asada, carnitas, and tinga are great, but, most impressively, the fish tacos leave the usual cod and rockfish options in the dust, instead drawing big Pacific Northwest flavor from halibut. For even more fun, order their DIY Margarita Rager Kit and ask for Cazadores tequila: the kit comes with everything you need to make 12 to 16 servings of tasty margaritas.

4. Senor Moose Cafe

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5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-5568
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The normal lines down the block fade into a distant memory when you call in your order ahead of time at this Ballard stalwart. The long menu of favorites from around Mexico all show up on the takeout menu, including the restaurant’s beloved machaca — Zacatecan shredded beef — and its multitude of vegetarian options, like the calabacitas guisadas. The expanded takeout menu includes family taco kits (you’ll need to order on Monday for Taco Tuesday) that come with all the meat, rice, beans, and garnishes needed to put dinner on the table.

Chips with sides of guacamole and salsa. Courtesy of Senor Moose Cafe.

5. Sal Y Limón

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10 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-7878
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Although eating takeout on the couch isn’t the same at eating underneath the snazzy decor of this Lower Queen Anne space, the true star of this restaurant is the food, which covers all the classics, including street tacos. Among the usual meat options is the Mexico City favorite that doesn’t pop up much in the Northwest: alambre. The meaty mess of steak, bell peppers, bacon, and cheese soaks up cocktails like a champ. Don’t miss the Cuba Mexicana, which mixes Cazadores Reposado with citrusy soda, fresh lime, and salt.

6. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0506
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This Capitol Hill taqueria, as you can probably guess from the name, is the spot for cocktails made with smoky mezcal. Start your order with tasty dishes like tacos de papa, featuring crispy potatoes and cheese with cabbage, crema, and salsa roja, and finish with an order of churros for dessert.

7. El Borracho

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1521 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 538-0440
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Located at the iconic Pike Place Market, a place practically synonymous with Seattle, El Borracho is ready to supply your takeout Taco Tuesday with a selection of to-go tacos, burritos, nachos, and more — including a range of vegan options. There are plenty of tacos to pick from, all served on handmade tortillas: barbacoa, potato and pepper, real or soy chorizo, and cochinita pibil. Add a bottle of Cazadores Reposado to your takeout order, and get ready to dig in.

The exterior of El Borracho in Seattle. Courtesy of El Borracho.

8. Sam's Tavern

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1024 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 397-3344
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Looking for an alternative to Taco Tuesday? You won’t find traditional tacos at this restaurant, but you do have the option of taking one of their signature burgers — including the cheesy Juicy Lucy, messy Jalapeno Reno, or crispy chicken tender version with pepper Jack cheese — and subbing out the bun in favor of a tortilla. If you want your Taco Tuesday to include a few more vegetables, tacos also come in salad form.

9. Villa Escondida

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2203 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2393
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If you’re in the market for Oaxacan food, this Belltown favorite is a hit, especially during their happy hours. On Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., you can snag two tacos for $5 (we recommend their classic tacos al pastor) and get $6 margaritas, too. Try yours with Cazadores Blanco, Reposado, or Anejo.

10. El Chupacabra

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2620 Alki Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 933-7344
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It takes two — that is, two takeout cups — to make the perfect premium margarita for takeout. In one cup, ice and a small container of salt for the rim. In the other, the good stuff: the drink itself. Though much of El Chupacabra’s renown is based on the space — on Alki beach and the Greenwood patio — the restaurant has found a way to send its drinkable sunshine home with customers, along with a full slate of taco varieties to liven up your Tuesday: soft corn, crunchy, Tex Mex, veggie, shrimp, beer-battered fish, or grilled cod. And, should you need anything else to make it a true fiesta, order up the tachos: tater tots smothered in cheese and chipotle ranch.

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1. Old Fifth Avenue Tavern

8507 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Regulars know that Taco Tuesday at the Old Fifth Avenue Tavern is the stuff of legends. When the classic dive bar, one of the few remaining gems of the style in Seattle, reopened for takeout, they kept the tradition alive. The weekly celebration now comes as part of a package: $13 buys you two tacos, a bottle of beer, and a shot of Cazadores tequila to bring home and enjoy in your own space.

8507 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

2. The Matador

2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
The interior of The Matador’s Ballard location. Courtesy of The Matador.

From the wrought iron to the intricate logo on the takeaway cocktails, The Matador’s restaurants are beloved by taco fans. And you no longer need to choose between going big or going home: take Taco Tuesday to your casa with the Familia Dinner. Each package from their online ordering system comes with street or traditional tacos: enough tortillas for either two or four people plus all the fixings, including rice, beans, crema, salsa, and cheese, and your choice of meats (or non-meats). All you’ll need to add on are the aforementioned cocktails, which come in three sizes and more than a half-dozen variations, including blood orange, smokey, and Cadillac — ask for yours with Cazadores for a premium upgrade.

2221 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. El Camino

607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Some of the happiest hours in Seattle happened on the sun-drenched back porch of this Fremont restaurant, but even in another setting, the restaurant’s full slate of more than a half-dozen styles of margaritas will cheer up any afternoon. El Camino’s online ordering and curbside takeout makes it easy to swing through to grab a plate of their storied tacos made with high-quality ingredients. The all-natural beef, pork, and chicken in the carne asada, carnitas, and tinga are great, but, most impressively, the fish tacos leave the usual cod and rockfish options in the dust, instead drawing big Pacific Northwest flavor from halibut. For even more fun, order their DIY Margarita Rager Kit and ask for Cazadores tequila: the kit comes with everything you need to make 12 to 16 servings of tasty margaritas.

607 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Senor Moose Cafe

5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Chips with sides of guacamole and salsa. Courtesy of Senor Moose Cafe.

The normal lines down the block fade into a distant memory when you call in your order ahead of time at this Ballard stalwart. The long menu of favorites from around Mexico all show up on the takeout menu, including the restaurant’s beloved machaca — Zacatecan shredded beef — and its multitude of vegetarian options, like the calabacitas guisadas. The expanded takeout menu includes family taco kits (you’ll need to order on Monday for Taco Tuesday) that come with all the meat, rice, beans, and garnishes needed to put dinner on the table.

5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Sal Y Limón

10 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Although eating takeout on the couch isn’t the same at eating underneath the snazzy decor of this Lower Queen Anne space, the true star of this restaurant is the food, which covers all the classics, including street tacos. Among the usual meat options is the Mexico City favorite that doesn’t pop up much in the Northwest: alambre. The meaty mess of steak, bell peppers, bacon, and cheese soaks up cocktails like a champ. Don’t miss the Cuba Mexicana, which mixes Cazadores Reposado with citrusy soda, fresh lime, and salt.

10 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

422 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

This Capitol Hill taqueria, as you can probably guess from the name, is the spot for cocktails made with smoky mezcal. Start your order with tasty dishes like tacos de papa, featuring crispy potatoes and cheese with cabbage, crema, and salsa roja, and finish with an order of churros for dessert.

422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. El Borracho

1521 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
The exterior of El Borracho in Seattle. Courtesy of El Borracho.

Located at the iconic Pike Place Market, a place practically synonymous with Seattle, El Borracho is ready to supply your takeout Taco Tuesday with a selection of to-go tacos, burritos, nachos, and more — including a range of vegan options. There are plenty of tacos to pick from, all served on handmade tortillas: barbacoa, potato and pepper, real or soy chorizo, and cochinita pibil. Add a bottle of Cazadores Reposado to your takeout order, and get ready to dig in.

1521 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Sam's Tavern

1024 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Looking for an alternative to Taco Tuesday? You won’t find traditional tacos at this restaurant, but you do have the option of taking one of their signature burgers — including the cheesy Juicy Lucy, messy Jalapeno Reno, or crispy chicken tender version with pepper Jack cheese — and subbing out the bun in favor of a tortilla. If you want your Taco Tuesday to include a few more vegetables, tacos also come in salad form.

1024 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Villa Escondida

2203 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

If you’re in the market for Oaxacan food, this Belltown favorite is a hit, especially during their happy hours. On Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., you can snag two tacos for $5 (we recommend their classic tacos al pastor) and get $6 margaritas, too. Try yours with Cazadores Blanco, Reposado, or Anejo.

2203 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. El Chupacabra

2620 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

It takes two — that is, two takeout cups — to make the perfect premium margarita for takeout. In one cup, ice and a small container of salt for the rim. In the other, the good stuff: the drink itself. Though much of El Chupacabra’s renown is based on the space — on Alki beach and the Greenwood patio — the restaurant has found a way to send its drinkable sunshine home with customers, along with a full slate of taco varieties to liven up your Tuesday: soft corn, crunchy, Tex Mex, veggie, shrimp, beer-battered fish, or grilled cod. And, should you need anything else to make it a true fiesta, order up the tachos: tater tots smothered in cheese and chipotle ranch.

2620 Alki Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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