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“Tasty, authentic, fresh -- with great prices!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Tarasca

La Tarasca
Ranked #2 of 85 Restaurants in Centralia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tasty, authentic, fresh -- with great prices!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Making the drive from Portland to Seattle and intended to visit McMenamin's again for okay food and iffy service. But hey, it's tradition.

We then admitted how unenthusiastic we were, so I pulled up a mobile app to see what else was in the area. Of the several highly-rated options, we chose La Tarasca and were so glad!

This is REAL Mexican food. Not cheese-laden, Americanized. Not upscale, decorative. This is fresh, flavorful food you'd eat at someone's house in Mexico.

We arrived around 1:30pm to find a few tables open in this fairly small place. The crowd was a good mix of, well, Gringos and Hispanics -- always a good sign.

When the server came to our table, she said, "Mama made XYZ for today's special." Guess what? That really IS Mama in the kitchen.

Why eat rice & beans with all these great options? So, we went straight to solo items. Between us, we had tacos adobada, sopes (one potato; the other adobada), posole, and another item of which I can't recall the name.

Everything was good! Delicious flavor, chewy or tender where appropriate, and nicely presented. (Yummy marinated carrots arrive at the table when you sit down too.) The service was friendly, the ambiance basic, but charming, the prices VERY reasonable and, right, fresh, tasty, authentic food.

We'd definitely go again -- especially to have the adobada sopes -- and to try the tamales, which I later read are very good. Yes, La Tarasca is our new lunch tradition for the drive from Portland to Seattle!

P.S. If you need further encouragement: this place gets 4.5 stars on Urbanspoon, Yelp, and Yahoo, -- and a 28/30 on Google. Also, the actor, Salma Hayek took her entire film crew there for a meal when she was last in the area.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The real thing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

If your looking for chips 'n dips and "Mexican" food cooked with yellow cheese, this is not the place for you. If you'd like to try authentic regional Mexican cooking, see you there. Be prepared for a short wait for a table because the quality offered here is not a secret.

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Great Mexican Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We have eaten at countless Mexican restaurants from Texas through the Southwest and into California and La Tarasca holds its own with the best of them. The food was wonderfully prepared and just what one would wish for in its authenticity and flavor. The area it is located in is not known for its great Mexican fare but La Tarasca makes it a "must visit" kind of place. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toledo, Washington
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Over rated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

I thought this restaurant was very over rated. I had heard from friends that it was the best...but I was disappointed. I won't go back. The food was ok but not exceptional.

Visited September 2012
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Whitehorse, Yukon
1 review
“The best food ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

I used to live near this restaurant and went at least once a month. Now that I live 2000 miles away, when I make a trip back home (near Centralia), I usually manage to fit in about three visits in three days. Fresh food, always delicious. I can't go to other Mexican restaurants anymore because it is just too disappointing. La Ta is the place.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie S
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