Spotlight on Local Dishes: Taqueria Puebla
MUKILTEO, Washington, January 23, 2022 – Taqueria Puebla first opened in Lynnwood, WA in 2019. But as of January 17, its new home is in Mukilteo, right next to Red Cork Bistro. Since Red Cork Bistro executive chef Adrian Ramirez is one of the co-owners of Taqueria Puebla, the decision to move was easy. Ramirez’s wife, Soco, says the location is also better for business.
Ramirez, Soco and Soco’s two sisters, Rosa and Blanca, share ownership and management roles. The restaurant is a combination of Ramirez’s culinary expertise and Soco’s family recipes, some of which have been passed down from generation to generation.
Their menu consists of not only authentic Mexican dishes but also memorabilia. Soco’s favorite dish, for example, is Tacos Al Pastor, but not just because it’s delicious.
“It’s a keepsake from my grandfather,” says Soco. “When he was cooking and marinating the meat, all the cousins were running around, and he was giving us little bits. I remember the flavor of that piece of meat, and it’s exactly the same,” she said, pointing to the rotating pile of meat al pastor. “It’s exactly what I tasted when I was a little girl.”
Soco also talked about working as a family and his journey as a small business owner. “What helped me to develop this restaurant and to be strong in all problems is my family. My husband is always a strong man. My sisters are very united. My daughter too, when she says: ‘Mom , you can do it! You can do it!'”
Talking about working with her sisters, Soco explained, “With my sisters, business is business. When it comes time to cook, we do our best for our customers. But when it’s time to have fun, we say, “Let’s have a shot of tequila!”
The new location is small, but the high ceilings make the dining room spacious. The interior is simple but lively. Everything from the wall hangings to the menus, and even the salsas at the salsa bar, make sure the bright colors greet you at every turn.
Fries and Guac
Although it’s a simple combination of chips and dip, tortilla chips and guacamole are a staple of most Mexican restaurants and are often a good indicator of how well the rest of the items are performing. menu. Taqueria Puebla’s guacamole was stellar. The avocado flavor was bold and the chunks of peppers and cilantro worked together to celebrate the main ingredient of the dish. It was cool, thick and creamy. The fries were perfectly salted and deliciously crispy.
Al Pastor Taco
Taqueria Puebla’s tacos al pastor were amazing. I’ve had al pastor before, even at restaurants known for their al pastor like Tacos El Gordo in Las Vegas. But for me, these tacos set the new standard for al pastor. The earthy chili flavor of the meat was perfectly balanced with the sweet citrus of the pineapple.
Full disclosure, carnitas is my meat of choice for tacos. Taqueria Puebla’s carnitas are very avant-garde. If you’re looking for a sturdy, meaty taco, this is the one for you. I enjoyed the simplicity of this taco. The flavor of the pork and its saltiness was all I needed to be perfectly satisfied. Also, the corn tortillas were fluffy, soft and light, which for me is ideal.
mole and rice
I lived in Mexico for a little while in 2012 in a town called Torreón in Coahuila. While I was there, I tried mole several times, and I wasn’t the biggest fan. However, I was told that the mole varies depending on the region it is from, so I was excited to try Taqueria Puebla’s mole as it is from Puebla, a city near Mexico City.
When I’ve had mole in the past, I felt bombarded with a bunch of different flavors and didn’t really know what to make of it. But the Taqueria Puebla mole, for me, had precision. Their mole has a deep pungent, almost chocolatey flavor. I interacted with it almost the same way you would with wine or whiskey. There are several different notes you can pick up if you’re careful. And the rice they served with it was the fluffiest Mexican rice I’ve ever had!
Overall, my experience at Taqueria Puebla was exactly what I would want to get into a Mexican restaurant. The food exceeded my expectations and the staff were effortlessly pleasant. If I had to rate Taqueria Puebla, I would give them the “Bendición del Abuelo!” price because Soco’s grandfather always blesses us with his delicious recipe al pastor.