Taco Lobo

Written by on April 23, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(tacolobowa.com) – Bellingham, Washington

Taco Lobo

How I heard of this place: This establishment has been in Bellingham for about as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine moved to Bellingham to work at the Attorney General’s office that I had the opportunity to sample its fare.

Type of cuisine: Made-from-scratch sauces, tamales and tortillas (watch them being rolled out in the kitchen), surrounded by lively art and big picture window views that look out into the heart of downtown makes  the Taco Lobo a great place for a quick lunch or dinner. The spicy chicken in the pollo asado is a winner with diners, as is the tasty salsa bar, full of homemade salsa combinations. The food is always fresh, the atmosphere always fun. Come down and enjoy an authentic taste of Mexico! Taco Lobo is now proud to serve Kangen Water! We are proud to be the first restaurant in Bellingham to have our own machine installed and available to our clientele. Come in and enjoy our Salsa bar! A variety of fresh ingredients, flavors and spices free with any lunch or dinner purchase.

Taco Lobo Salsa Bar

Thirsty? Taco Lobo has expanded our bar to include a variety of mixed drinks, beer and signature cocktails. Be sure and check out our menu for what’s new! Don’t forget to grab a basket of hot, crunchy tortilla chips while you wait for your order to arrive. Made fresh daily, you can pair them with one of our salsas, a dollop of fresh guacamole, or enjoy them just as they are! Complimentary when you order any lunch or dinner item.”

Ambiance: Taco Lobo opened its doors on  April 13, 1999 in historic downtown Bellingham. Luis Santos, owner, transformed the former clothing and tanning salons into a vibrant, fun, colorful atmosphere, brimming with authentic art, lively music and festive decor. “It’s more like mama’s cooking”, says Santos, who reveals that the Chicken Taco is among his favorite dishes. The tortillas are made on the premises, and Santos and the entire Lobo staff prepare all of the salsas for the Salsa Bar daily. 

Taco Lobo Inside

Luis Santos is formerly from Jalisco, Mexico and has lived on and off in Bellingham since 1990. A commercial fishing accident forced him out of the fishing industry, but he turned the negative situation into a positive one, investing money into his first restaurant.  While Luis was nervous for the first few weeks, both he and the staff settled right into the local community. Come in and see for yourself why Taco Lobo was voted best Mexican restaurant 5 years in a row!

What I ordered: Our long-time, good friend was meeting my husband and I for lunch and offered us a handful of suggestions of his all-time favorites at Taco Lobo. He was in the mood for the Burrito al Pastor ($6.95), a burrito of pork with pineapple served a la carte. My husband selected the number four: Enchilada ($8.95) with chicken, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomato, served alongside rice, beans and tortilla chips.

Taco Lobo Enchiladas

Knowing that we would be sharing the chips & salsa, I opted for two tacos a la carte ($2.50 each): the Pollo Verde (chicken in green sauce) and Pollo Asado (grilled chicken).

Taco Lobo Tacos

We also enjoyed two large glasses of Horchata, a rice drink with cinnamon ($1.75 each).

Taco Lobo Horchata

What I loved: Pollo Verde!

Why I loved it: A colorful space bright with vibrant paint and joyful energy, serving simple, yet delicious food quickly and with homemade flavor.

Taco Lobo Colors

Cost: Low to average ($5.95 – $9.95 per lunch item)

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