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Barbacoa - 3 Reviews - 2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA - Cafes Reviews - Phone (206) 352-6213

Barbacoa

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2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
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(206) 352-6213
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Barbacoa is our local. It is the go-to local spot for a quick, delicious meal in a casual atmosphere. Our favorite dishes are the Pork Carnitas Tacos and the Enchiladas Verdes. Th...

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Barbacoa - Nice Change of Pace on Queen Anne 4/23/2006

Whenever I think of Queen Anne dining I think of Thai, Indian, or maybe Mexican. Oh, and The 5 Spot. Barbacoa is a nice change of pace. It was started by a couple fellows who worked at Cactus in Madison Park. It bills itself as a BBQ joint, but I found it to be more like some BBQ with TexMex influence. I thought it was good, but not as great as the press clippings on its web site suggest. The place is really small, and when they get full I suspect they feel cramped. But the size allows the wait staff to be particularly attentive. In our party of 6 we had 2 couples who were going to a play and 1 going to the ballet so we needed to move right along. Our waiter made sure there was no delay, but we never felt rushed. We started with a queso fondue that wasn't a fondue at all but layers of ground beef and melted cheese with onions and peppers. It was somewhat bland. And the meet wasn't mentioned in the description on the menu, so our vegetarian couple was a little surprised when it arrived. The shrimp tostadas were much better, though a little heavy on the guacamole (which was store bought). The main courses were better. I had the special - prime rib with cheese enchiladas, mashed potatoes and asparagus. I've had a similar version of this dish at both Reata in Ft. Worth and El Camino in Fremont, and both were better. The potatoes were overkill. The meat was flavorful, and they didn't overdo the spices. But the enchiladas were a little bland. Not terrible, just not great. My wife had the tostadas with chile cole slaw. She didn't like them at all, claiming the slaw was too soupy. I thought they were OK. The tostadas were two tortillas with frejoles and melted cheese. Slaw was nice and spicy, though a little heavy on liquid. Among the other dishes the chicken enchilada was a hit. As was their version of a shimp cocktail. Dessert was better. The flan was very good. Key lime pie was nice and citrusy. My apple pie had mushy apples with good flavor and a crust that stood up pretty well. Oh, and the margaritas and mojitos were good. I should mention that they were out of a couple things - halibut and an ultra chocolate dessert - which surprised me for a Saturday night. I wasn't blown away, but I will try them again. more

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is it hot in here or is that my mouth on fire 3/29/2006

i like barbacoa - the food is quite tasty. but holy moly, everything was so spicy! let me back up and admit that i'm a total spice wimp. BUT when i order mequite chicken, i don't ordering it thinking it's going to burn the heck out of my mouth. the sides that come with the meals are quite delish, although...wait for it...spicy. but full of flavor. their drinks are great, i loved the two boots cosmo! and the service is good, prices fair. parking isn't easy at night on queen anne ave, but you shouldn't have to park more than a block or 2 away. fyi this is a tiny restaurant - 10 tables at most. so not a great place for a big party. but if you like spicy and/or tex mex, this is a great place for you to check out more

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Great Neighborhood Tex-Mex 12/19/2005

Barbacoa is our local. It is the go-to local spot for a quick, delicious meal in a casual atmosphere. Our favorite dishes are the Pork Carnitas Tacos and the Enchiladas Verdes. That said, we have had most of the items on the menu and they are delicious. Try the Texas Margarita and the Julip; both are very tasty. The owners and the waitstaff are great. I highly recommend this restaurant. Make the trip to Queen Anne and find a little bit of Texas. more
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