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December 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Goodbye to El Puerco Lloron

1985 file photo looking down at El Puerco Lloron diners by Paul McAllister/The Seattle Times

1985 file photo looking down at El Puerco Lloron diners by Paul McAllister/The Seattle Times

A fixture near the Pike Place Market is gone. El Puerco Lloron, a mainstay on the market Hill Climb for 31 years, announced on its Facebook page that it was “permanently closing.” The initial date given was Dec. 31, but a Dec. 16 update read “we are now out of business.”  The restaurant’s “vintage Mexican cantina furniture, furnishings & folk art” went up on Craigslist.

We loved the place for its carnitas and fresh tortillas and other fast, good, inexpensive eats. Back in 2001, Nancy Leson put it on her list of restaurants of “enduring quality,” calling it “part cafeteria, part trip to Tijuana.”   The Hill Climb isn’t part of the Pike Place Market, so market officials don’t have details on the ending of its long run. Owner Brent Youngren’s phone mailboxes were full when we tried him this morning, but we’ll update if we get more details on what happened and why.

In the meantime, tell us, where will you go now when you crave the Crying Pig? The Los Agaves stand doesn’t have the same atmosphere or seating, but we like the food.

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