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I highly recommend getting their nachos (for only $8.99!). They are made with freshly fried corn tortillas, topped with a blend of cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, jalapen?os and Mexican cream, and then topped with outstanding fresh guacamole and homemade salsa. (Photo Courtesy: Villa Escondida Facebook page

The 5 best dips for your chips in Seattle (queso included)

Very few things in life are as satisfying as a big basket of warm, salty tortilla chips and a yummy dip bowl just waiting to be scooped; especially when paired with a cold, refreshing margarita.

From bowls of cheesy goodness, to salsas with depths of spice, here are some of the best spots to dip your chips in Seattle.

Los Bigotes de Villa. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: If you want good Mexican food in Seattle, you must drive south. Burien, SeaTac and Tukwila are the trifecta of awesome when it comes to memorable Mexican.

One of my favorite little hole-in-the-walls is Los Bigotes de Villa in Tukwila. The second you sit down you’ll receive a big basket of warm chips and a bowl of classic homemade salsa. But the real treat is the salsa bar where you can go pick from a variety of spicy delights. I love, love, love the green tomatillo salsa paired with a margarita on the rocks with extra salt.

Fonda la Catrina. The food scene in Georgetown just keeps getting better and better, and Fonda la Catrina is one of the brightest stars. I fell in love with real queso when I visited Austin, Texas, and Fonda la Catrina delivers a very delicious Tex-Mex version of the cheesy dish. Their Queso Fundido con Chorizo is Asadero and Monterey Jack cheeses melted in a hot skillet with chorizo sausage. It’s topped with pico de gallo, avocado and pickled red onions and served with fresh made corn tortillas. Yum!!

Fogón Cocina Mexicana. Sticking with the theme of queso (because, my goodness, queso is soooooo good), Fogón Cocina Mexicana on Capitol Hill has another delicious version of Queso Fundido. Theirs is baked queso Oaxaca topped with chorizo and cilantro or chapped carne asada, then topped with strips of poblano pepper and corn. It’s served with handmade tortillas and salsa roja. Pair it with their “Bartender’s Margarita,” a margarita made with cranberry juice and Grand Marnier. The tartness of the margarita cuts through the cheese and spice perfectly!

Villa Escondida. Villa Escondida started out on Capitol Hill, but has since moved to a new and improved location in Belltown. Based on family recipes, the food is fantastic and their margarita was recently voted the Best in Belltown. I highly recommend getting their nachos (for only $8.99!). They are made with freshly fried corn tortillas, topped with a blend of cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, jalapen?os and Mexican cream, and then topped with outstanding fresh guacamole and homemade salsa.

La Carta de Oaxaca. Speaking of guacamole, your chips will be delight in being dipped in the creamy goodness of La Carta de Oaxaca’s guacamole. This Ballard favorite serves the delectable cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s also fun to order from their extensive list of Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico.

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