Bellevue >La Cocina Del Puerco
Expensive, blah food, and sticky store.
So a friend and I strolled into this place while wondering around Bellevue for lunch. The place has a lot of character as far as decoration, but it pretty much stops there.
They have about 9 items on the menu, which could really be consolodated down to 3 items. I ended up paying $14 and was really disappointed. On the bright-side, their beans and rice were great.
One other thing we both noticed was that it smelled like a horse took a dump. Whatever the smell was it saturated the place and wasn't the smell of food.
Home style Mexican food. We ate dinner here and felt we were back in Mexico. The decor is very mexican and colorful - it kept our 5 year old well entertained. The food was simple and fairly light, the salsas were delicious. The burnt cream dessert was to die for. All in all, a simple cantina feel restaurant with authentic Mexican food. We will certainly go back.
Delicious food, excellent value. Dinner for two last night, delicious and such gracious people. Very clean. Highly recommend the carnitas (anything) and the 1-x, which is a 3 taco plate (real tacos on small soft shell corn tortillas) with chicken/tomatoes/peppers - sort of a broth. Homemade salsas are just like Mexico.
Great and authentic Mexican. I work with a lot of Mexicans, and they highly recommend this place for lunch. The place looks authentic like being right in Mexico, and the food is marvelous. It's a little pricy, but definitely worth it. I ordered the chicken Tacquitos and was impressed with how much yummy chicken and veggies they threw in it. Definitely the only authentic Mexican joint on the Eastside. I now bring people from out of town there to get a taste of Mexico.
How do you say "travesty" in Spanish?.
From the outside, this restaurant was very appealing. Walking in, the tables and decorations and tiling all looked quite authentic. That's where my good experience ended.
The person making my food clearly did not speak English. I ordered a burrito, and he just started putting things in it, not bothering to ask if, for example, I'd actually like wilted lettuce inside my burrito. And then he put a war-ration portion of chicken in the burrito. On top of the burrito, he put what looked like tomato water, which was supposed to be what is normally a thicker red sauce in pretty much any authentic Mexican restaurant I've frequented.
He handed the plate to the woman working with him and she put even MORE of the red water over the top of the burrito. Maybe they could save time and just dip it into a bucket of water next time?
When I moved down to the register to pay, I asked if chips came with the $9(!) burrito. No, they don't. So I decided to pay for chips. She grabbed four 4-inch round crunchy tortillas and put them in a basket. I broke off a piece of one, put it in my mouth, and instantly I knew it was stale. I said, "This is stale." She smiled and laughed and said, "Yes!" I thought there might be a language barrier issue, so I said, "Old." I then asked when they were made. "Maybe this morning," she said uncertainly. "Do you have any fresh ones?" "No," she said smiling.
$11 later, I had on my plate a burrito soaked in red water filled with strikingly little meat with a side of stale tortillas. Delightful. I would rather have had three gallons of gasoline and gone hungry.
Bland and salty. I've eaten at this place twice and both times were disappointing. Lunch was bland and expensive and the breakfast was watery and very salty. I really wanted to like this place but I can't recommend it.
Breakfast was extremely salty and pricey for what it was....
While excited to see that they recently started to serve and "Traditional Authentic Mexican Breakfast" on Saturday mornings,we were completely disappointed and would not return to this place for breakfast again.
The breakfast menu consists of Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros or a Burrito with Huevos con Chorizo. Each plate also came with sides of potatoes and black beans and were each $9. They also had menudo I believe for $12.
We only tried the burrito and I could't even eat 1/4 of the meal due to the quantity of salt in the burrito as well as the potatoes and beans. My fellow diner also felt the same way and didn't make it through his either.
Also disappointing was when we finally received our coffee----Instant Nescafe!
Still waiting for a good mexican breakfast...
This pleasant, authentic Mexican joint is a great place to enjoy a filling meal and down a Tecate beer--or just pick up something to go..
This palace of pork -- adorned with zillions of bird cages, neon Mexican beer signs, wire sculptures and pinatas--isn't fancy, but the selection of genuine Mexican fare is hearty and hand-made. Try the juicy carne asada or moist carnitas (roasted chunks of pork tenderloin). The burnt cream -- a light, succulent custard -- is a pleasant conclusion.
Only Authentic Mexican on the Eastside. With the exception the taco truck by the Sears in Redmond, this is the only good Mexican place on the Eastside. (Being from San Diego I consider myself an authority on this). There are no supliers of decent corn tortillas in the whole state so they make there own. The atmosphere reminds me of casual dining joints I've eaten at in Mexico. The food is as good as anything I can get in California.
like sitting in a mexican cantina. One word. Carnitas. The carnitas (pork) here are to die for. Some of the best and most authentic tacos in the Seattle area. Tamales; chicken, beef, and pork tacos; tostada salads are all excellent. The beans are whole-not mashed up-and are delicious. Hand made corn tortillas and homemade pico de galo complete the experience. Check out the license plate lamps and the antique metal folding beer tables. Outside patio is perfect for a sunny day lunch or a casual dinner date. Ideal for couples.
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