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“Great Non-Traditional Mexican Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pablito's Taqueria - CLOSED

Pablito's Taqueria
140A First Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
(360) 378 3317
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Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
Friday Harbor, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Non-Traditional Mexican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

I can't say enough good things about Pablito's. From the tamales to the taco's everything on the menu is tasty and fresh. Some people might be put off by the non-traditional ingredients but for anyone who is even slightly adventurous this is a great place to eat.
Compared to most other local restaurants I feel the food is much better quality than what is available at the other places. The owner also supports local farms which means a lot of the veggies and such are fresh and local.
Also, money wise lunch is on the cheaper side from most other places around town. $10 will get you a much tastier and well prepared meal. Personally, I would much rather have a meal that actually tastes good than one is cheap and tastes like garbage.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Beecher, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Can't wait to get back to Pablito's!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

I only get to Friday Harbor once or twice a year, but the food is awesome! Wish I could have it sent to Chicago, so could have it more often! Love it!!

  • Visited October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, WA
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Fabulous! If we were locals, we would eat...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

Fabulous! If we were locals, we would eat here every week. The yam, potato, and pasilla tacos were so unique and delicious. The green corn tamale was great, and the first one we have found since leaving AZ. The fresh salsa bar was varied and very good. The spicy brownies were worth going off our diets for. This is seriously good food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“This is THE place for lunch in Friday...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

This is THE place for lunch in Friday harbor... Price is good, food is consistent and all is made fresh by owner every time. The bomb. Try rockfish tacos!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Pound for Pound - THE Best Restaurant in Friday Harbor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

Pablito's expertly delivers the flavor and complexities of what makes Mexican food great. I am a life-long carnivore and his sweet potato vegetarian taco is one of the two best "Mexican" food tacos I have ever had. Ever. Including "meat" tacos. Even in Texas. The only other taco that compares is Rubio's Fish Tacos from San Diego.

I live in Austin and I have eaten more than my share of tacos in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso and Pablito's food rises to the top in ANY of those places for his Nouveau Mexicana cuisine.

One of the reviewer's was disappointed that the food did not meet their expectation of "Tex-Mex". The vast majority of Tex-Mex is smothered in cheese and chili (meat) and the real intricate flavors of "Mexican" food, the cumin, chilis, etc. is lost. This place is a fine dining experience for next to nothing in cost. The atmosphere is casual and the selection is plentiful. My only complaint: He is not open long enough for me. Pound for pound, this is the best restaurant in Friday Harbor.

I first ate his tacos at the Farmer's Market last year after my wife raved about the vegetarian tacos. The flavor combinations are so smart and unique, he could and should open a place in Austin on South Congress and he will rise to the top there as well.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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