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Little Neon Taco: a different take on the Dimas Model on First Hill

Monica Dimas

Little Neon Taco is not created under the Dimas Model — small, stylish, and pop-up light. For one, it’s not little. For two, it’s not inside somebody else’s bar. And for three, it’s on First Hill.

For four, there’s another element: The food is typically delicious and relatively affordable.

Monica Dimas’s newest creation is now open on Boren just off E Madison. It’s related to its original sister Neon Taco born inside Broadway’s Nacho Borracho — but, in this case, little sister is the big girl. With a big space and an emphasis on lunch, Little Neon is another step into daylight hours for Dimas who is ready to become a mother for the first time.

Not that she’s exactly resting.

Dimas and bagel baking genius Molly Westman opened walk-up Westman’s Bagels and Coffee in January and told CHS before the E Madison counter’s garage door had even slid up that they were on the hunt for a bigger, warmer location to create a bagel HQ for the hotly anticipated concept. “As dreamy and cute as having the walk-up is,” Dimas said, “having a larger space makes more sense.”

On First Hill, Little Neon Taco is off to a mostly sunny and a little sleepy start, open for lunch only 11 AM to 4 PM. Dinner and, yes, brunch will come next. A liquor license is also in the offing. Tacos are the cornerstone, of course — Mexico City-style they say — but Dimas also will feature specialties like the sandwiches from her E Olive Way walk-up, Tortas Condesa.

Little Neon Taco is now open at 1011 Boren. You can keep track of updates and more at

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3 years ago

Congrats Monica! Can’t wait to enjoy those tasty ‘cos in the daytime.