This is my favorite story about Barracuda Taqueria in lower Queen Anne, Seattle.

A COUPLE BRINGS THEIR SON, probably around 8 or 9 years old, into the tiny restaurant and wait by a wall covered in beer bottle caps nailed in a meticulous pattern. They take a seat at the large, family-style table next to the window so they can see the Space Needle, pour a few glasses of water from the fish-shaped pitcher, and study the menu.

The kid is a wannabe-foodie, looking to go for shock value. He considers the tacos – chipotle spiked brisket, carne a la plancha, pollo en mole. His eyes land on the description for the lengua tacos.

“Mexico’s beloved street food secret and one of the most delectable meats on this planet. If you are not familiar with lengua then ask one of our employees to educate you.”

Decision made. He orders two without inquiry and enjoys his parents’ raised eyebrows.

The waitress sets them down – shredded meat topped with pickled red onions and queso fresco in homemade soft corn tortillas. She watches, and so do his parents, as he takes his first bite and nods.

“Good,” he announces.

Amused, his mother leans closer. “Do you know what lengua is?”

The kid shakes his head, mouth full. She smiles.

“It’s tongue.”

The kid considers this, examining his taco. He takes another bite, chews thoughtfully, swallows, then asks:

“Human tongue?”

The brisket, the al pastor, and the market fresh fish are some of my favorites at this place, and the guacamole is insane. I do highly recommend trying the tongue, though – it’s fabulous. If you don’t feel you have the nerve, order a little sangria or a Dos Equis first, or promise yourself the reward of rum-soaked coconut cake when you’re done.

And no worries; Barracuda’s doesn’t serve anything worthy of Hannibal Lecter.

Barracuda Taqueria

159 Denny Way #109
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 448-2062

Sun-Thurs: 11am-9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

Happy Hour
$1 off tacos, $2 beers and $3 Sangria
Mon-Fri: 3pm-6pm
Tuesday: All Day All Night!