Colorful and lively, this Mexican restaurant in Southeast Portland serves up authentic south-of-the-border eats, causing patrons to plan their next visit before they're even out the door. It's all because of tasty items like spiced, shredded pork filled tortillas, beef tips braised with Chipolte sauce and prawns served in garlic, and the Oaxacan Pasilla chile presented alongside refried black beans and plantains. A full bar offers plenty of variety, including obligatory (and outstanding) tequilas. Don't leave without treating yourself a bit; something along the lines of cinnamon ice cream, pumpkin sorbet or champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate thickened with flour) might be nice.
Recommended for Mexican because: Nuestra Cocina is one of the most popular Mexican food restaurants in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try one of their amazing chili rellenos.
Cha Cha Cha serves fresh delicious, high quality, authentic Mexican food. They do this at low prices in a fun, casual environment at 9 different locations around the Portland metro. The most expensive item on their menu is still under eleven dollars. Their enormous burritos are only $6.50 making it one of the most affordable dining options in Portland. They offer massive burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tamales, soups, fajitas, and salads all made with organic local ingredients. Some popular dishes here are the chili verde burrito, spicy Tinga tacos, and Cha Mole enchiladas. Cha Cha Cha offers a wide selection of tequilas, margaritas and other cocktails.
Recommended for Mexican because: Cha Cha Cha serves fresh Mexican food at affordable prices.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the Machaca or Pastor burrito.
La Cocina is a relaxed casual Mexican eatery in North Portland. Open barely a year and the restaurant has already become the go to place for Mexican food for Portlanders. La Cocina specializes in authentic Mexican food like Alambra fajitas, red chicken enchiladas, chicken tamales, potato taquitos and al pastor burritos are just some of what they have to offer. To wash down your food they have a nice selection of drinks including mojitos and margaritas. Their bartenders can make you any drink you like. Their prices are already low and they are even less during happy hour. On Saturdays they open one hour early at 10 AM for brunch.
Recommended for Mexican because: La Cocina is the go to place for authentic Mexican food for locals.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try one of their tamales.
Casa Del Matador is a 21 and over Tex-Mex restaurant and bar in downtown Portland. They serve fresh, gourmet Tex-Mex cuisine like tacos, burritos, nachos, and savory steaks. The chips and salsa is always complimentary and bottomless. Although this is not a steakhouse, here you will find some of the most flavorful steaks in Portland. That's in addition to their amazing enchiladas. The atmosphere and decor is sensational and the prices are cheap for Portland. They offer $5 appetizers every day during Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm and again from 10pm to 1am. This is a great place to enjoy an excellent meal.
Recommended for Mexican because: Casa Del Matador has great salsa and amazing Mexican cuisine and drinks.
Meagan's expert tip: Do not take your kids, it's 21+ only.
Uno Mas is a brand new bar and taquiza only open since May 2014 and located by the timbers stadium. They offer a full bar with a focus on tequila and the drinks they pour tend to be on the strong side. For food they have traditional Mexican street tacos in homemade tortillas of all kinds for only $2 each. They have 21 types of tacos available from pastor to octopus to rock fish to cactus. On Sundays they have breakfast tacos available since they open earlier at 9 AM instead of at 11 AM like all the other days.
Recommended for Mexican because: Uno Mas is a brand new bar and taquiza only open since May 2014 and located by the timbers stadium.
Meagan's expert tip: After 9 PM on Mondays the tacos are only $1 each.
Tacqueria Nueve is the brain child of two Portland friends, one of which spent extensive time touring Mexico. After closing a few years ago they have reopened and are serving the same great authentic Mexican food as before. Located in the heart of East Portland, the food choices here are anything but typical and certainly not boring. Here you will find wild boar tacos, enchiladas verdes con pollo asado, octopus coctel, and caeser con ceviche . It is these interesting and flavorful combinations that keep Portlanders coming back for more. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 6pm with $3 tacos, $5 tostadas, fresh squeezed margaritas, draft beers, wine, and tequilas.
Recommended for Mexican because: Tacqueria Nueve creates interesting combinations of authentic Mexican food found only here.
Meagan's expert tip: Taqueria Nueve is closed on Mondays.
The tastes and flavors of Santa Fe derive from Puebla, Mexico where home cooked food simmers for hours and brings together families and communities. Santa Fe has been serving up delicious Mexican food for over 20 years. After studying the art of the 'taqueria" in San Francisco, Danny Cardoso opened the first authentic taqueria in Portland using his mother's recipes. This style of restaurant is perfect for a quick bite on the go all the while maintaining the freshest ingredients and slow cooked meats with out any additives or preservatives. Customers can choose any item on the menu and customize their meal as its being made. They offer many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
Recommended for Mexican because: Santa Fe has a fabulous outdoor patio and nice atmosphere as well as great Mexican food.
Meagan's expert tip: Try one of their margaritas made with fresh juices.
Chef Chip Barnes shares his distinct perspective on traditional Oaxacan cuisine dishes, expressing bold yet refined flavors with modern sensibility. At Alto Bajo, embrace tradition while still delivering the atypical. Take for instance their unique chili relleno filled with seasonal greens, smoked goat cheddar, apples, pecans and dried cherries. Served over mole amarillo and crushed macron almonds. Here you must save room for dessert. Try the chocolate flan with cajeta: flan-valharona chocolate cake, Jacobson salted-caramel and raspberries. There interesting beverage program showcases and highlights both tequila and mescal. Alto Bajo serves weekday breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.
Recommended for Mexican because: Alta Bajo has the best salsa in Portland, Oregon in addition to spectacular food.
Meagan's expert tip: You can make a reservation online, even for brunch.
Guero's is not your average Mexican food restaurant, in fact it is a food cart. They have won local awards for having the best sandwich in Portland and yes, it is a Mexican sandwich also known as a Torta. They actually offer 3 types of tortas including a vegetarian one and 3 types of tacos Carnitas el Guero, Cochinita Pibil and Jitomate. They also have bowls, including completely gluten free bowls that you can top with their original carrot-habanero salsa. It doesn't hurt that their is a beer cart next door. Guero offers lunch and dinner everyday of the week.
Recommended for Mexican because: Guero is considered to be the best Mexican food cart in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: They are best known for their tortas, so be sure to try one.
Por Que No shares the flavors and the essence of what we found from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca. They only use line caught pacific coast fish, and wild shrimp from sustainable fisheries. The results are outstanding and all their food is bursting with flavor. You will enjoy sitting around communal tables eating tacos or one of their bowl in their brightly colored restaurant. Along with the food they have a fun cocktail list. Everything is homemade including the tortillas and tortilla chips. The kids meals and underwhelming and you are better off ordering your child some of the tacos. Por Que No has a second location in the Hawthorne District.