#sEATtle: Bongos Cafe

July 28, 2017


I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Bongos Cafe

6501 Aurora Ave N




You ever drive past a place about ten thousand times, and each time you think to yourself "I gotta check it out someday" but someday never comes and then finally you go there an its delicious and you hate yourself because it took you so long to try it and you've been missing out? This is one of those stories...



Tostones- These are smashed up and deep fried plantaines. Plantains kind of weird me out because WHY DONT THEY TASTE LIKE A BANANA THEY LOOK LIKE A BANANA???  Having said that, these were really good, they come with an aoli that is sort of like tartar sauce but with extra awesome in it. 

Spicy Shrimp- If shrimp sauteed in chile sauce doesn't do it for you, I don't know what to tell ya. Also, it should be mentioned that aside from being served over slaw, rice, and beans, you can also get a sandwich version of most of the plates.  These little guys really pack a spicy punch too, so heads up on that. 

Jerk Chicken- I have a simple rule when it comes to eating food from any island themed establishment, and that is to first order the jerk chicken and take it from there.  Kind of like getting spaghetti at an Italian joint, if they can't do that right, what's the point messing with anything else amirite? Well happy to say Bongos jerk chicken is rad.  Right in the middle of spicy/tangy/sweet/salty.  Just posting this pic is giving me hunger pangs.


I am by no means a Caribbean cuisine expert, but I know what tastes good.  And Bongos definitely tastes good, you guys.  I love the fact that you can get a sandwich or a plate with rice and beans, and their patio is legit!  It even has sand and everything!!  Take off your shoes, smash a plate of ropa vieja, and Green Lake might just start to look like the Caribbean Sea....ish. ISH! 

Go here if...you want some good island food and even better vibes

Don't go here if...you are looking for south of the border food served in corn tortillas