New Restaurant Opening: Poquitos on Capitol Hill

The Duo behind Ballard’s Bastille Café & Bar brings you some Mexican flavor on Capitol Hill.

After the relaxing weekend you just had, you’ve worked up an appetite. Head over to Capitol Hill today for the grand opening of the brand-spankin’-new Mexican joint, Poquitos.

Photo: Poquitos

Located in the circa-1912 brick building that occupies the corner of 10th and Pike on Capitol Hill, Poquitos is the latest restaurant from James Weimann and Deming Maclise of Bastille, who have been envisioning a Mexican concept for over five years — ever since they salvaged a vintage neon sign saying Poquitos.

While traveling Mexico, Weimann and Maclise were inspired by the variety of culinary influences found in each town and cities’ street food and restaurants and decided not to limit the food at Poquitos to a specific region, but to instead, encompass influences found throughout Mexico and Latin America.

They’ve brought on chef Manny Arce to execute this vision. Arce, a native of Southern California, is well-versed in Mexican cuisine and completed culinary internships in both Spain and Italy before coming to Seattle. He’s spent time in the kitchen at Union and La Spiga and most recently with chef Shannon Galusha at Bastille.

In addition to house-made tortillas, guacamole made to order, whole fish, al pastor with local pig, and tortas, the dinner menu will include items like Short Rib Taco ($4), Queso Fundido ($12), Scallop Ceviche ($14), Oaxacan Mole Verde ($15), Pozole Rojo ($11), Goat Birria ($18), and Carne Asada ($20). All produce and products are thoughtfully sourced and local when possible.

Photo: Poquitos

Poquitos will have a lunch counter offering tacos, tortas, salads, soups, pueblo style enchiladas, house-made agua frescas, horchata, and paletas (popsicles) to “eat in” or “to go” from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m, Monday – Friday.

At 3 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this area will be closed off from the restaurant and remain a take-out area until 2 a.m. (The evening take-out area will open for business mid-April.)

They will also have a mercantile area with Mexico centric products, think chocolate, sugar, vanilla, Jarritos, Mexican Coke, and Rancho Gordo Heritage Beans that will also be used in the restaurant.

And because no Mexican feast is complete without it, the bar will offer a creative seasonal margarita list, tequila-based versions of classic cocktails, select Latin-American spirit-based drinks, and a wide selection of fine tequila.

Poquitos will accept reservations for parties of six or more. Weekend brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. They will also offer an early happy hour and a late night menu until 1 a.m. It’s time to satisfy your cravings — salute!

Poquitos | 1000 Pike St., Seattle | (206) 453-4216