Review: Tres Hermanos’ Molcajete

What: the House Special, molcajete with chicken
Where: Tres Hermanos – 12821 NE 85th Street, Kirkland, Washington
Rating (1-5): 🌿🌿🌿🌿

Oh man, yesterday was not my best day at work. I didn’t eat hardly anything except half a bagel and I barely drank anything besides the one cup of coffee I had. In fact, I don’t think I drank anything else all day. And I felt it.


Ninety-nine percent of the time, that’s not me. I love to stay hydrated, and I try to have balanced meals. Something about yesterday had me glued to my desk and unable to pay attention to my body. By the time I got off work with my husband we both decided going out to eat was the best course of action. That’s where Tres Hermanos came in.

We love Tres Hermanos – it’s technically in Kirkland, but just down the road from us. Being from the South, we’re used to some really good Mexican food. There are Mexican restaurants galore in the South, especially in Georgia. And most of them are pretty authentic.

The PNW doesn’t really have good Mexican cuisine – they have great fusion foods and chefs that specialize in Mexican-esque dishes, but it’s not quite the same as just having a Mexican restaurant that you go to all the time with friends. But when we found Tres Hermanos a few years ago, it quickly became “our place”. We go there a lot. Last night, for the first time, I tried their house special: molcajete.

Molcajete refers to a couple of different techniques in Mexican cuisine: the first is a veggie and meat stew, the second is a mortar and pestle-style of preparing foods.

Tres Hermanos seems to reference the former here.

When I ordered the Molcajete, it was more about getting a healthy protein in me, and plenty of food, to make up for my bad, bad day. This definitely accomplished that!

Like most of Tres Hermanos’s dishes, it came accompanied with a plate full of rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and a lettuce and pico de gallo slaw type mixture. I did get tortillas with this meal, but I opted to just enjoy the meal without the added carbs of the tortilla – though I do love their flour and corn tortillas, so feel free to try them out.

The molcajete was very flavorful. It was a thick tomato-based stew with shredded chicken, onions and peppers in it. After several attempts to scoop between both plates, I ended up dumping the contents of my plate into my bowl of molcajete.

Everything was delicious, made my hunger headache go away, filled me with healthy protein – even if it wasn’t all vegetarian – and definitely made me feel satisfied.

The only drawback to this meal was that it was a lot. And because of the type of food it is, a doggy bag isn’t really compatible for leftovers. If you did get this and you don’t have an appetite for it, I recommend sharing it with a friend! Then maybe the tortilla shells work out for both of you. But seriously, it was delicious.

And as always, Tres Hermanos continues to be my favorite place for chips and salsa, and the people who work there are very kind and patient – always smiles! If you haven’t been to Tres Hermanos, I recommend you go.

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