El Quetzal (Beacon Hill)
3209 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
El Quetzal's Mexican food isn't run-of-the-mill, pool-of-cheese Tex-Mex—friendly owner Juan Montiel uses some of his mom's original recipes, and the man loves cactus. People especially rave about the tortas, and there are lots of unusual dishes and weekend specials. Montiel's from Mexico City, and one wall of his place is made of suns—he says, "It stands for good luck and power. Also, there is not enough sun in Seattle, so it keeps our spirits up."
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