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Burien restaurant delivers fresh spin on Mexican cuisine

Centro Neighborhood Kitchen honors tradition while cultivating innovation

BURIEN, Wash. — Centro Neighborhood Kitchen in Burien opened its doors right after the lockdown lifted in the Summer of 2020. 

It's the kind of place where a cruciferous taco gets the same love as a barbacoa beef quesadilla. And where the organic tortillas are hand pressed to order. 

And you don't have to dine in to get a great margarita. 

"It's a house-made citrus. 100 percent agave, silver tequila. We keep it simple," said Enrique Arias, who co-owns Centro with his wife Trisha. 

Arias grew up in Tacoma in a family of restaurateurs.  His family-owned restaurants in Pierce County have been around since the late 1970's. 

Trisha is a native of Burien. They say the restaurant represents who they are; and the menu fuses traditional Mexican dishes, with some creations of their own. 

Whether a customer is vegetarian, flexitarian, or vegan, there's something on the menu for everyone. They even have a separate fryer reserved for those who are gluten-free. 

"It's fresh local sustainable food. I like a good steak taco and she's vegetarian," shared Enrique. 

"We would go places and somebody would have to compromise.  I would have to buy the $18 salad and take off the $4 meat. We wanted to have an option where neither party had to compromise, said Trisha. 

All of the salsas are made on-site and Centro even has a "secret sauce". It's a family recipe that he can't reveal. 

"It's a tomatillo based sauce with green onion, cilantro, and a few other secret ingredients that I can't disclose or they will kill me. But it's chunky and delicious, shared Enrique.

All of Centro's food is available for take-out and that includes the Margaritas. 

Centro Neighborhood Kitchen  | 643 SW 152nd St Suite A | Open Tuesday through Saturday. 

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