Dear Georgetown you are in for a tasty surprise!
LA CATRINA fresh Mexican food is finally OPEN!
Located in the old Tileworks building the doors and kitchen of La Catrina Restaurant are finally open. After a year and a half of hard work,renovations and struggle Enrique Trejo has opened his beloved LA CATRINA this restaurant is worth the wait as you will see when you eat there yourself . Named after the Grand Dame LA CATRINA from the Mexican folklore tradition ,this restaurant trully exudes class. One of the first things you will feel when you enter is the all encompassing warmth and liveliness of the space. Not only is the fresh Mexican food wonderfully flavored but the kindness of the staff seems to be a philosophical choice for Enrique the owner and creator of La Catrina. I felt respected as a person and I can't tell you how important that is to me when I am spending hard earned money to eat out. Also attention to details in food,drink and the completely re- done interior of the space makes for a seamless experience.
The building of La Catrina
Enrique has years of experience working with mostly recycled items in his former construction company and he applied this earth friendly approach to creating the open yet eclectic space within the restaurant. He used the old metal slide up door and turned it into a wall so that patrons do not look directly into the bathrooms. He has managed to apply a slight industrial awareness to creating one of the coolest spaces around. A lovely mural on the south wall was created by Rene Julio Diaz and features the enticing colors of beautiful Mexico . I saw him painting the mural a few days before they opened and I was really impressed with his painting skills and the subject matter. You can see the mural from the street and it creates a charming and subtle extra bit of taste to an already classy environment. It's definitely the final aesthetic touch that brought a year and a half of hard work to a beautiful close.
Now onto the food (my favorite part)
Firstly the food is very affordable ranging from around $7 to $14 I think this is going to be a major bonus in the neighborhood.
I visited on opening night and the Chef (Robert M Palmquist - AKA Bobby) came personally to our table and explained the beautifully presented food and fresh warm tortillas, fresh chips and delicious guacamole where plentiful. I sampled about three dishes that night and found them all to be very exciting and flavorful. My Favorite was the Puerco en salsa Verde, even though I normally do not eat pork I decided to break the rules for this dish because the flavor wafted up to my nose and I suddenly could not say "NO" to the Puerco.
Libations and outside patios
The bartender was very sweet and created an amazing drink called "The Fresca" that had an amazing fresh taste and had fresh cilantro mulled into it....but that said I really love cilantro. For the non Cilantro loving people out there she also made a fresh fruit sangria type spritzer that is going to taste REALLY good on the outside patio this summer. One of the few amazing outside eating areas in Georgetown , it feels like you are in Mexico....or at least it will when it warms up. But my suggestion is to go now and enjoy the warmth they have created in this very open family style space. I loved my whole experience and I am proud to be a neighbor to such a lovely establishment.
reviewed by the tummy of Angielena Vitale Chamberlain
Fonda La Catrina
5905 Airport way south
Seattle Wa 98108
phone - (206)767-2787