What: Veggie tacos, chips and queso, guacamole, and a side of verde salsa
Where: Nacho Borracho/Neon Taco – 209 Broadway E Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)
Rating (1-5): 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Tucked in a narrow storefront off of Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill is a place known as Nacho Borracho.
Nacho Borracho is one of many bars in Capitol Hill, but its incorporation of Neon Taco’s menu makes it one of a kind. This past Saturday, two friends of mine and I walked into the little place to snag ourselves some food on the chilly winter day. The establishment has booths tucked to the side of a full bar where patrons go to the back to make an order at a small window peeking into the kitchen of Neon Taco, then find somewhere to sit while their food is made and served at their place.
Much like a lot of places in Seattle, the charm of a place like Nacho Borracho is in its ridiculous sticker and graffiti decorations all over the walls and booths – most lewd, some not. The lighting is pretty dark, but during the day the open window towards the front brings in a decent amount of light.
Overall, I loved the atmosphere, and it was a perfect spot to drop into for a quick bite before we made a day of it in the city. So let’s talk about what I had while there:
- Two veggie tacos
- A side of verde salsa
- Chips and queso
The tacos are “street style”, so they’re served on corn tortillas and easy to palm. The corn tortillas were fresh and warm, and although they broke at some point throughout my handling of the tacos – just the nature of the corn tortilla – they held together fairly well as I tore through them. Neon Taco offers chorizo, saudero, beef and veggie as some of the options for their tacos.
The veggie taco had a lot of flavor, but was never overpowering with too much heat or spice. Because of the flavoring and the lighting in the restaurant, it was difficult to tell exactly what was the meat-substitute for this taco, but after a few bites, I was pretty convinced it may be sweet potatoes. Which is a huge plus for me – I love sweet potatoes.
The taco was topped with cilantro and sour cream. After two, it was just enough food with the sides we also ordered.
I was surprised to get queso with such orange cheese, but it was delicious – because it was melted cheese – and the guacamole was standard and good. Nothing to write home about, but I enjoy dumping tortilla chips into cheese and guac, and even the side of verde salsa (which admittedly I was annoyed it was $1 for a slightly small serving, but with everything else, the price paid for itself). Very little to complain about there. I may have paid a total of $9 for my meal (friend copped the guac and queso), which is hard to beat in most places in the PNW.
The bar was calling to me, so on my way to our booth, I stopped by and ordered the “coconut dark and stormy”. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a lot of details about their menu online, otherwise, I would share more about that experience. But if you enjoy a good drink – not too strong, but enough – with a great coconut taste, try it! It is a frozen drink, though, so if you need something warm on this cold winter day, be warned.
Next time you’re in Capitol Hill, make sure you check out Nacho Borracho and Neon Taco. They’re a pairing you can’t miss.