Living in Western Washington, authentic Mexican food is as common as a sunny, dry November day. Our Hispanic population is growing. The 2017 census shows our state at approximately 12% in 2017, and yet, I have only found 1 Mexican food restaurant that’s up to my standards within a 10 mile radius of my home (El Antojo in Lynnwood).
Thus, an ode (plea) to Pappasito’s Restaurant and Cantina, a save-room-in-your-belly-before-you-go spot my family frequents in Houston. I know it’s in other Texas cities and beyond, but alas, it’s M.I.A. here. It is a chain, but the food, oh the food – love me some of those fajitas with melted garlic butter. And, their frijoles a la charra? Just like my Abuelita used to make.
Pappasito’s – why do you reject the great Pacific Northwest?
We need you. Yes, we have expensive strong coffee and lots of fresh seafood, but that’s not scratching the Mexican food itch of us pale, vitamin D-deficient Seattleites.
The people here don’t even know how devoid they are of fresh cooked tortillas, ice cream topped with creamy cajeta, enchiladas suizas, tacos al carbon and frozen margaritas that come out of a giant machine like a 7-11 Slurpee. But they SHOULD know.
And the fajitas! Skirt steak sloshed through a concoction of lime juice and soy sauce and cooked to perfection over mesquite, seasoned just right, sliced thin, laid lovingly inside a hot flour tortilla, topped with pico de gallo and savored while oohing and aaaahing with every bite.
Seattle is rich in natural beauty, responsibly sourced organic food, a colorful array of umbrellas and innovation as evidenced by our famous start-ups: Starbucks, Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Costco and others, but we are incomplete without YOU.
Pappasito’s, this is your invitation. Set up shop in the south Lake Union area. You have any idea how much growth is going on here with Amazon’s constant expansion? We have more working cranes packed in that part of town than any other city. I mean, there are thousands of hungry people with money to spend, looking for a margarita and some warm chips and salsa. You’d be a HIT.
Plus, I have a hankering for good Tex-Mex.
PS: If you do come to Seattle, would you bring Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen with you? My husband wants some of that Cajun seafood you’re so famous for.