Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Poquitos -a hip and tasty addition to the already hip Hill


1000 E. Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 453-4216

Open Weekdays 11:30am-2am; Weekends 3pm-2am

It seems I try new restaurants on the fly, with little notice and most of the time I got to celebrate a friends birthday or special event.

This day was no exception. Was told to meet at Poquitos for a friends birthday dinner and was told the location was just across from Neumos...

With a prime corner spot - Poquitos is very pleasing to the eye from the outside. Bustling, hip patrons socializing and smoking out front, as well as people waiting for seats. It was happy hour and the place was packed!

As we were meeting friends, we didn't have to wait and were briskly ushered to our table. Our party was already in the midst of tons of tapas and drinks, as the waitress made her way literally as we sat in our chairs. She was surprisingly calm, witty and engaging for being so busy, so new an establishment and the table #'s growing as she spoke. Being a former waitress, I was impressed. She found out our favorite types of drinks through casual convo and suggested what she thought we would enjoy. Mine was a version of a White Russian, but instead of cream, it was Horchata! SO amazing!

Next it was time for Tapas! Their fried corn (above) was one of my favorites - but also their homemade guacamole and pico was top notch, as we kept asking for refills. With warm salted chips, it was perfect!

As if we had room for main meals - their menu was mouth watering and well priced enough to not even blink. From the simple Black Beans and Rice to the exotic Sweet Potato tacos with caramelized onions and goat cheese - and everything in between, the members of our party were making delectable sounds and enjoyable noises the entire time.

This Chicken Tortilla soup was a HUGE portion, with big chunks of chicken and tons of vegis - my friend who ordered it said it was "totally amazing".

Another note about the atmosphere - there is an outside patio, with radiant heat! It adds so much to the already hip Hill culture! The Bar was standing room only and the variety of spirits shown on the bar was more than impressive. We were perched on a table in the center of the dining section, that was higher than the booths and we sat on stools, so we had a great 360 view of the restaurant. Complete with a to-go window and a partially open kitchen - this place has enough character and bustle to fill a city block!

Enchiladas En Mole - these were one of the most savory versions of this recipe I have ever had. They arrived sizzling in a small cast iron pan and were done just right.

We were more thank pleased with this new hot spot, as it truly delivered the "full package deal" with amazing ambiance, cool hip patrons, stiff but creative and yummy drinks, amazing and acclimated staff and stellar food. When on the Hill - be sure to visit this establishment, and if you are not in the area, it is FOR SURE worth a special trip!

Rating: ***** 5 Stars! Stellar!