1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Located in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Poquitos is consistently packed with guests—especially their (huge) bar on weekends. It’s worth noting that Poquitos tries their best to source their meat and produce locally, and you can take a look at the local farms and businesses they work with here.
What did you order?
- Chicharrones (fried pork skins)
- Chapulinas (toasted grasshoppers)
- Guacamole (minus chips)
- Pork Tinga
- Purist Margarita
How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they?
- Appetizers: Salsa Trio, Chicharrones, Chapulinas, Guacamole, Ceviche (minus tostadas)
- Mains: House Salad (minus dressing), Carne Asada, Yucatan Style Chicken, Pork Tinga
How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? Examples?
Rice, beans and tortillas are always served on a separate plate, making it easy to avoid those common non-paleo offenders. If tortilla-less tacos don’t make you feel too depressed, the Grilled Chicken, Beef and Al Pastor tacos would be easy options.
How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet?
Our waiter didn’t seem fazed by our persistent questioning. Though we didn’t mention the word “paleo” specifically, he was knowledgeable about the ingredients in each dish and cheerfully answered our questions.
How satisfied were you with the meal?
Very satisfied. Poquitos’ food is packed with flavor. The guacamole is always delicious and you can tell that it’s made in-house. The ingredients are fresh and the service is reliably fast. Our only complaint was with the Pork Tinga: you could have told us it was chicken and we wouldn’t have known the difference. The chunks of meat were a bit dry, but on the same fork as a piece of smoky potato, they were acceptable.
Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. Not only do they offer a couple of paleo-ish cocktails (100% agave tequila!), they’ve got plenty of options on both the appetizer and main menus to satisfy a paleo eater through dinner or happy hour. Plus, the food is fresh, interesting and consistently good quality.
Could you eat here enjoyably without telling anyone you’re paleo? (Not that you’d want to!)
Yes. We could have ordered without a single special request.