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Originally published Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:17 AM

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Tropicos Breeze: Latin eatery bulges with menu options

Tropicos Breeze is a North Seattle eatery that features large portions of south-of-the-border comfort food varied enough to satisfy just about every taste.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Tropicos Breeze

Latin American

9710 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle206-524-3046 tropicosbreezerestaurant.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Etc: MasterCard and Visa; full bar; wheelchair accessible; parking in rear lot

Prices: $-$$

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Tropicos Breeze is a south-of-the-border comfort-food operation that seems determined to satisfy your every craving.

Have a hankering for Salvadorean pupusas or Mexican molcajete? They've got you covered. How about Honduran baleada or Colombian bandeja paisa? Coming right up. There are soups, salads, tortas and tacos. And that’s just the first two pages of the menu.

The North Seattle eatery has been serving generous portions of traditional dishes to a mostly Latino clientele for eight years. Its menu is so packed with choices that it’s hard to know where to start. Talk to your friendly server for suggestions.

The menu: Breakfast items include huevos rancheros ($11.99) and eggs served in various combinations ($8.99-$11.99). Appetizers include pupusas, thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, chicken, zucchini and other ingredients ($2.80 each), and chicharron, deliciously chewy deep-fried pork belly ($7.25). Entrees range from $7.99 for a meat-and-cheese torta to $20.99 for the molcajete combination, a bacchanalia of beef, chicken, fish and shrimp served in a volcanic stone with grilled nopal, chorizo, cheese, avocado, green onion, jalapeño and tomato sauce. Desserts include rice and milk with cinnamon ($3.25) and flan ($4.99). A stripped-down lunch menu with specials for $7.99 is available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to write home about: The chiles rellenos pollo ($15.99) — two large pasilla peppers stuffed with chicken, dipped in egg batter, fried and topped with cheese and ranchero-style sauce — was the night’s winner. But the chicharron was a close second.

What to skip: The chicken inside the tamale was rich and succulent, but the maize surrounding it was soggy.

The setting: Casual family dining in a colorful retro space. Outdoor seating is available when the weather’s nice.

Summing up: Molcajete de carne asada ($17.99), chiles rellenos pollo and two pupusas — a pork and bean, and a cheese and zucchini — came to $51.48, including tax and tip.

Susan Kelleher: 206-464-2508 or skelleher@seattletimes.com



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