Beloved Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant Poquitos can now be enjoyed in Bothell’s Junction
Poquitos, a Seattle-based Mexican restaurant, opened a new location in Bothell on Monday, Mar. 26. The Capitol Hill favorite has several sister restaurants in the Seattle area: Rhein Haus, Macleods, Bastille, Beer Star, and Stoneburner. It also has one out-of-state relative called Wally’s, a Wisconsin-themed tavern in Denver, Colorado.
The restaurants are all part of the Weimann-Maclise family of restaurants, co-owned by James Weimann and Deming Maclise.
“As we were seeing Seattleites moving south and north to cities like Bothell the last several years, we felt those residents were underserved and could provide them with an experience they were used to having in the city,” Weimann said. “With Poquitos Bothell, we’re bringing the same high-quality Mexican food and seasonally-inspired cocktails our fans have known and loved for the last seven years to Bothell.”
Menu favorites that will be carried over from Capitol Hill to the Eastside include yam tacos, chapulines (fried grasshoppers), handmade guacamole, and prawns in salsa negra. Drink favorites that carried over to Bothell: Fresa Purist, Poquitos margaritas, Walk in the Woods, La Fiona, and the classic purist margarita.
“At Poquitos we create all our dishes with outstanding local meats and produce, and for items like unique chiles and spices — not to mention the chapulines — we get those directly from the source to create inspired Mexican dishes and snacks,” explained Manny Arce, Poquitos executive chef. “Our vision is to continue these practices at our Bothell location and hope that locals and visitors alike enjoy what we have to offer.”
The new location is 5,000 square feet and seats 180 with its bar, patio, and private event seating. The decor features Talavera tile, metalwork, and woodwork. Reclaimed touches like ironwork railings from a Portland bridge, oak floors from a 130-year-old Pennsylvania barn, a piece of woodwork from a New York cathedral, chandeliers from the San Antonio River Walk, and Holophane lights from a Portland diner, also help create an old-world ambiance.
Poquitos Bothell will be open for dinner every day from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, is coming soon.