For all the drivers on Lake City Way, who notice Mr Villla's as they are zipping by and are thinking about giving this place a try, it is worth a stop. The Mexican food scene in Seattle is bizarrely upside down, with most of the best food coming out of trucks and shacks. There are too many local mini-chain empires serving bland, uninteresting food. Mr Villas is a tall step above the typical restaurants here and a different sort of Mexican food than you'll likely find at the food trucks. Their menu is a nice selection of authentic Mexican items. I recently ordered the Ahogada (chicken) and the waitress actually asked me how spicy I wanted it! Being from California, I stated "Very spicy" and what I received was unlike any other Mexican food I've been served in a restaurant here: it was truly deeply richly spicy, with a liberal helping of sauce. Heavenly! It came with ample separate bowls of guacamole and beans. A feast!
This was a Monday evening, so we were treated to some fantastic live Music while eating. As it turns out, they have music - different groups - performing Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 7 till closing. The ambiance felt different:a neat blend of old school Mexican restaurant (think old California or Arizona hole-in-the-wall), an little Northwest contemporary, with a bit of Bohemian thrown in - but maybe that was the great music. Do stop by and try this place.
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