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2123 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98119
Because bottom-shelf brands come with a shriveled worm in the bottle, mezcal's image is not especially highbrow in the eyes of many American drinkers. But in actuality, “the smoky spirit of Oaxaca” is tequila's more refined cousin. Mezcaleria Oaxaca stocks every brand of mezcal currently available in Washington, and offers a flight of three generous pours for $15 so novices can play the field before settling on a favorite variety. The food, meanwhile, is similar to the splendidly authentic Mexican fare served at its sister establishment, Ballard's Carta de Oaxaca. Stellar additions to the menu include gringas oaxaqueñas, marinated, spit-roasted pork with little bits of seared pineapple, drizzled with melted Oaxacan cheese, and served as tacos in handmade corn tortillas; and barbacoa cabrito, a chili-marinated, slow-roasted goat accompanied by a queso-speckled mole negro.
Source: Seattle Weekly
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