Top-Notch Casual Grub: Breeze Over to Las Brisas

Photo: Brad Nehring

It’s true that sometimes the things that take more effort are, in the end, that much more rewarding.

This is the case with Las Brisas, the Mexican eatery located far from the standard dining-out comfort zones of downtown. Sure, when you think of “night out” you don’t picture yourself driving north to Edmonds, but trust us, the extra effort is worth it.

Photo: Brad Nehring

Tucked away in an inconspicuous shopping enclave, Las Brisas may not appear too special from the outside. But inside is a different story: The inviting, authentic atmosphere comes complete with exquisite brick-lay fireplace, tastefully adorned walls in true Mexican fashion and, on Sunday evenings, the live musical stylings of local flamenco guitarist Enrique Henao.

But you didn’t venture north for the ambiance. The menu at Las Brisas is a mouth-watering combination of traditional Mexican dishes and delicious, original creations. Nachos and bean dip are available as appetizers, but more refined eaters might be drawn to the goat cheese and grilled zucchini quesadillas or the garlic pepper-saturated Diablo wings. Other notable offerings include the tangy Chipotle Vinaigrette Chicken Salad; the succulent Sopa de Albondigas, which consists of fresh-minted pork meatballs served in a vegetable broth; and the ridiculously tasty Cocktail de Camaron, garnished with chopped avocadoes and available as a hot or cold dish.

Las Brisas’ entrée assortment takes classic Mexican offerings and puts a unique, delicious spin on them. The Chicken Mole Verde adjusts the traditional recipe by adding green chili and pumpkin seed to the famous sauce. Another popular serving is the Carne Asada & Chile Relent combination plate; the juicy skirt steak is deliciously complemented by the golden brown stuffed chili.

If you’re a spicy food fanatic, the Steak Ranchero and Cameron’s a la Diablo manage to be effectively hot without sacrificing flavor. Vegetarians also have an abundance of options from which to choose; co-owner Saeideh, Iranian by birth, has managed to integrate a number of green dishes into the traditional pantheon of Mexican cuisine, including Portabella Mushroom Fajitas, Burrito Jolin and the Macho Vegetarian Burrito.

Finally, make your trip even more worth the drive and top off your meal with undoubtedly the best Churros this side of the Mexican border. You may find yourself venturing beyond downtown more often than expected.

Las Brisas | 120 W. Dayton St., Edmonds | (425) 672-5050