September 24

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out these Latinx-owned businesses in South Lake Union.

Every year from September 15 to October 15, the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the history and culture of Latinx people and communities. Our friends over at Seattle Refined have put together an excellent list of Seattle area Latinx-owned businesses and restaurants that you can support this month and beyond.

The list comes from information collected by The Intentionalist, a website that can help you “Spend Like it Matters.” You can search for small businesses by name or product and filter by neighborhood, city, and the type of community you want to support. Communities include Asian-owned, Black-owned, disability-owned, LGBTQ-owned, and other diverse groups.

South Lake Union is home to a handful of Latinx-owned business offering up everything from kombucha to tacos and delicious cocktails.

Stop in to one of these neighborhood favorites next time you’re in SLU:

Gold Bar and Oro Kitchen

Latin American snacks and Caribbean-themed cocktails take center stage in this bright, fun space. Sip on a Passion Party (mezcal, Gifford Passion Fruit Liquor, lime juice, and Firewater bitters) or the T.C., a.k.a. Thee Colada (mezcal and rum blend, coconut cream, pineapple topped with a Black Strap Rum float). Brunch lovers, rejoice — Gold Bar and Oro Kitchen now offer a Saturday brunch from 10am to 2pm. 227 Ninth Ave. N.

Seeking Kombucha

Jeanette Macias and her wife Lyz lovingly refer to this spot as their “fermentation station.” Featuring 12 different taps with frequently rotating flavors, Seeking Kombucha not only offers gut-healthy drinks but a safe community space where everyone can come to learn and grow together. 1091 Thomas St., Suite A.

Inside a kombucha shop with menu on the wall and taps on behind the counter.

La Palmera Mexican Restaurant

If you’re looking for delicious Mexican fare, La Palmera will not disappoint. This family-owned restaurant offers up all the hits like arroz con pollo, chile Colorado, and sizzling fajita platters that will make your mouth water. The SLU location also features an all-day happy hour (what?!) with $6 margs, barbacoa tacos, nachos, and more. 901 Mercer St.

Tacos Chukis

This neighborhood mainstay on Denny offers a nice selection of tacos, mulitas, baby burritos, and quesadillas. Each are on the smaller side, but don’t worry — this makes it easier for you to build your own plate with a bit of this or a few of those. Don’t miss the namesake taco, the Taco Chukis. Its tantalizing flavors are built by adobada pork, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, onion, cilantro, salsa, and guacamole on a soft corn tortilla. 832 Dexter Ave. N.

Plate of tacos and burritos, one open with grilled pineapple on top.

Story by Ethan Chung & photography by Ethan Chung, Suzi Pratt, & courtesy Seeking Kombucha.


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