When I think of Mexican food, Bellevue is not a town that comes to mind. However, Bellevue is home to one of ten Taqueria El Rinconsito restaurants. Founded in 1997, Taqueria El Rinconsito opened their first restaurant in Burien, Washington. Since then, they have expanded into ten locations throughout Washington State.
Taqueria El Rinconsito is a fast paced, family oriented establishments, serving really good Mexican dishes cafeteria style. You order your food much like a fast food establishment like McDonald’s. However, Instead of waiting for your order at the counter, you’re given a number and asked to place it at your table. When your food is ready, a waitress will bring it out to you. She finds you based on your number.
The menu at Taqueria El Rinconsito offers a large selection of favorite Mexican dishes. Everything from their popular soft shell tacos and nachos to delicious specialties, seafood, and yummy desserts. The prices are very reasonable and the food quality is very high. This creates quite a lineup at lunch time. The wait to order our lunch was longer than the time it took to cook it.
Lunch for four came to only $10 per person. The standout items were the taco and Quesadilla. Both are made with your choice of chicken, pork or beef. We tried the Quesadilla with pork but sampled all the meats for the tacos. They tasted better than many high end Mexican restaurants I’ve been to. Don’t let the fast food layout fool you. Taqueria El Rinconsito is an authentic Mexican restaurant serving some of the best Mexican dishes in Pacific Northwest.