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About

A fixture in West Seattle’s Admiral District since 2005

Celebrating Mexican food and culture in West Seattle’s Admiral District for 13 years and counting. Mission Cantina is West Seattle owned and operated, proudly including woman and minority partners.

 

Located a few steps from the historic Admiral Theater, Mission’s Mexican flavor stands out in a neighborhood bustling with social activity, lively bars and popular restaurants. West Seattleites flock to Admiral Junction for the best margaritas and Mexican food in the area.

 

Peter Morse, an original owner and manager of the restaurant previously known as Mission Latin Lounge, teamed up with new partners, husband and wife team Shawn and Tina Padilla in August 2016 and now operate under the name of Mission Cantina. This was the first ownership change for the West Seattle restaurant since it opened in 2005.

Owners

WHO WE ARE

Peter has worked in the restaurant industry throughout his high school, college and adult life. His appreciation for great Mexican food, spirits and restaurants started when he was employed at El Camino restaurant in Fremont for 8 years. In 2001 he packed up his pickup truck and surf boards and headed south, stopping along the way to live and work in several countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. While exploring Central America he fell in love with Latin culture and cuisine. Peter keeps Mission Cantina progressive, fun and exciting for the restaurant regulars and new customers by returning to Mexico with his son Gus and daughter Edith as often as he can, picking up new food, cocktail and design ideas on his travels.

 

Shawn’s goal is to share his passion for all things agave with his West Seattle neighbors and the greater Seattle community. Shawn is dedicated to promoting Mexican spirits, food and culture with all who visit Mission Cantina. Shawn polished his palate for 12 years while living in San Diego, before retiring from the U.S. Army Military Police and relocating to Seattle in 2011 to be closer to family. Known to his 6 grandchildren as Papa and friends as Shawn Pedro, his global travels have focused on Mexico in search of the best tequilas and mezcals. During Shawn’s explorations he has had the good fortune to meet leading master distillers and learn tequila production in in their distilleries, savoring every sip of the agave art that results.

 

Tina joins the family of Mission Cantina partners to share her appreciation for unique and flavorful mezcal, sotol and bacanora. As a college student in San Diego, Tina’s introduction to tequila was similar to many others: served alongside a bucket of beer and not worthy of sipping. Many years later, a sip of mezcal proved that the world of agave has much more to offer. The various and sometimes rare expressions of mezcal offer an enchanting variety of flavor characteristics, from smoky to fresh-cut grass, caramel to brine. Tina hopes to help others explore the fascinating world of agave-based spirits in search of their favorite.