Picture of Osbaldo Hernandez wearing an apron.

We spoke with Osbaldo Hernandez, the co-owner of Frelard Tamales, to discuss his favorite Seattle Latinx-owned small businesses forLatinx Heritage Month. Explore Osbaldo’s go-to spots and recommendations below and in Intentionalist’s Apple Guides.

Frelard Tamales

At their walk-up window, Frelard Tamales serve up tamales that are handmade from scratch, using a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Hernandez family. They are always working to make their food, hand crafted by Osbaldo’s mother, taste even better by using high-quality, fresh ingredients. As a proud interracial gay couple, owners Osbaldo Hernandez and Dennis Ramey are passionate about supporting immigrant and LGBTQ rights.

Tacos Chukis

“For their amazing tacos and their protein varieties that allows everyone to enjoy one of their delicious tacos. I personally really love their tortas as well: soft bread and very well stuffed.” – Osbaldo Hernandez

Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado

“I can find all the treats and foods I grew up with in Mexico plus their meat and hot food selection is on point.” – OH

Don Lucho’s

“First time I ever tried Peruvian food was at Don Lucho’s and it left me wanting to go back again. Their pollo asado is so delicious and their coconut garlic rice is a winner.” – OH

Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant

“Their salsas, guacamole and chips are a must. Love that they are family-owned and have been serving the Green Lake neighborhood for several decades. Delicious carne asada can be found here.” – OH

Salvadorean Bakery

“If you are in the hunt for pupusas, do not look any further. Salvadorian Bakery has the best pupusas I have ever had. Such a large variety and everything else is so tasty.” – OH

El Moose

“When I think of truly authentic Mexican regional food, I think of El Moose. Their dishes representing different regions of Mexico stay true to their authentic taste and flavors. Their margaritas are just another reason to plan a dinner at their lovely Ballard location.” – OH

Fonda la Catrina

“Located in the heart of Georgetown, Fonda la Catrina provides an authentic Mexican experience. Not only is their location super cute with murals representing varying Mexican cultural art, the food is delicious! Everything I have tried has been so authentic and vibrant Mexican flavors that just melt away in your mouth.” – OH

Tres Lecheria

“Seattle’s best tres leches cakes! A gay and Latino-owned tres leches cake maker located in Wallingford. Their cakes are moist and represent traditional flavors of Latin America.” – OH

Enjoy these Seattle Latinx-owned spots and then explore the rest of our Apple Guides to find more curated lists that highlight the favorite local businesses of Latinx business owners in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

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