When it comes to festival food, TACOS are hard to beat. Quick, delicious and available in a variety of variations, Ballard has a wealth of spots that will make you shout “SHELL, Yeah!” throughout the neighborhood. Here are five joints (right on the fest route) that are not to be missed.
5431 Ballard Ave NW
Lunch- Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 am -3 :00 pm
Dinner – Monday-Thursday 5 pm -11 pm, Friday and Saturday till Midnight
Known for their near “Holy” Mole, Oaxaca’s Halibut Tacos inspire equal reverence.Comprised of fresh tortillas, sauteed halibut, crisp shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and one of a kind chipotle, pepper cream sauce, make it easy to see why.
2221 NW Market Street
Daily, 11 am -2 am
Happy Hour, 4pm – 6pm & 10pm – 1am Daily
With offerings ranging from sauteed, chipotle mushrooms (Ancho and chipotle chiles, garlic crema, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo ) to chile-rubbed Mahi Mahi (Green chile sauce, garlic crema, fresh slaw, onion, cilantro) to housemade chorizo (Guajillo-chile sauce, garlic crema, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo), the Matador has options everyone from veg-friendly vegans to devoted carnivores alike. Many of their fine taco selections are served 2 for $5 during their stellar, twice-a-day happy hour.
2319 NW Market Street
Daily, 5 pm – 2 am
Do you like your tacos puffy? Do you like them served with cocktails set ablaze? Then you’re in luck. The Sexy Alley Puffy Tacos (refried beans, white cheddar, avocado, crema, pico de gallo, salsa verde –add carnitas or asada ) served up by Hotel Albatross in their crisp deep-fried shell offer a reprieve from your standard corn tortilla fare and are available via walk-up window, for fast, fest food on-the-go.
5231 Ballard Ave NW
Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 am, Weekends 9 am – 2 am.
Modestly titled, Hattie’s “Most Excellent”, tacos feature grilled cod or pulled pork, corn tortillas, chipotle sour cream, cabbage, pico de gallo and Ranchero sauce. Served with black beans and rice or ala carte, one bite in these gems will have you bowing down and crying “we’re not worthy” ala Wayne and Garth.
5465 Leary Ave NW
Daily, 11 am – 2 am (Kitchen open till 1 am)
Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 4 pm- 7 pm, Late Night 11 pm- 1 am daily
Tacos for every palate and price point can be found at El Borracho. It doesn’t matter if you’re into beef tongue, duck or Soyrizo they’ve got you covered. Happy Hour sees many taco offerings priced between $1 and $2 and the fresh, ‘El Cheapo’ Margarita is always under $4, making it the perfect place to load up between venues.