El Borracho - Ballard

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

5465 Leary Ave NW (at Ballard), Seattle, Washington, USA, 98107

Serves meat, vegan options available. Bar and Mexican food restaurant. Offers vegan versions of nachos, quesadilla, burritos, and tacos. Salsa bar with house-made salsas. Owner is vegan aware. Busy and loud spot. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:00am, Sun 11:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by axis777

good for both - Edit

I like El borracho because they're good for me as a vegan and for my non-vegan SO. Wish they still did their vegan quesadilla but yummy vegan burritos and nachos are still available the menu.

Pros: yummy vegan burritos and nachos

Cons: no more vegan quesadilla :(

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Some of the best vegan burritos in the U.S. - Edit

My s.o. and I were in Seattle for a friend's wedding a while back (yes, I am only just now getting around to writing a review), staying in the Ballard area, and happened across this place right after flying in. The staff were friendly and very helpful, and the food was just great. These guys totally understand how to navigate the plant-based dairy alternatives on the market, and incorporate them into their food.

One of the wait staff apparently makes vegan desserts - there was a vegan cranberry cheesecake that evening, and it was phenomenal!

Thanks for being so friendly to a couple of really, really tired and hungry travelers. We'll definitely be back, next time we're in the area.

Pros: Good food, Good beer selection, Great staff

Cons: None.

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super yum! - Edit

They have a lot of vegan options, including daiya cheese, soyrizo, and dairy free sour cream. Everyone really enjoyed their food! I got the enchilada (can't remember the full name but only one is fully vegan), which I might not get again but more so I forgot I don't always like the enchilada sauce lol. I would definitely come back here. The customer service is also really good, at least the server we had was exceptionally nice and helpful.

Pros: lots of vegan options!!, hot sauce bar

Cons: not fully vegan

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Those nachos - OMG!! - Edit

I loved this place. As much as I prefer to eat at an all veggie place, when you are with non-veg friends, I love finding places where we can all be happy. And this restaurant is that for sure.

The vegan offering is really extensive and clearly marked. Plenty of options and vegan sauces to go with them.

The nachos are to die for. Seriously, better than the loaded nachos I used to have before I transitioned to veganism. The portion is massive, so make sure you share them! I then ordered 2 tacos: the one with mushrooms and the one with potatoes. Both super delicious too. The margaritas are cheap and cheerful, so overall a really nice meal. They were playing sports in TV which is not really my thing, but I dont care for as long as they keep making those nachos lol ;)

Pros: Nachos!

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Rabbit meat!!!!!!!!!!! - Edit

I am not sure how this place ended up being approved to be on HappyCow. I was just looking at their menu and they serve "shredded rabbit." I think this restaurant should be removed. Disgusting!!!!!

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A (small) vegan slice of heaven - Edit

El Borracho (The Drunkard) is a very friendly Mexican restaurant that has some semblance of what real bars/food joints are like a bit off the beaten path in Mexico. There's a central bar, indoor/outdoor seating with a large garage door that opens in front, and some booths and tables for families or groups. It's not a place to go for a quiet meal, so go for the fun and (some of) the food. Be aware that it's not a vegetarian-only place - they serve a lot of meat in spite of the owner being a vegan(?!). What makes this place really special, though, is the vegan nachos - a wonderful, tall stack of chips laced with Daiya cheese, guacamole and jalapeños. They are to die for, especially with one of their signature margaritas. You can also get vegan burritos, tacos and quesadillas in case you want more food than you can eat. For added flavor, they make about a half-dozen of their own hot sauces (all vegan as well). It's a great place that's well worth the trip to Ballard.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday August 27, 2014

Pros: Vegan nachos, burritos, tacos and more, Friendly, open indoor/outdoor space, Semi-authentic Mexican feel

Cons: Not vegetarian-only, Somewhat expensive

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