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Portland Mexican Restaurants

Where to Find the Best Mexican Food in Portland

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When it comes to Mexican food, Portland doesn't have an overwhelming number of great options. But there definitely are a few standouts. Find out which Portland Mexican restaurants are worth a visit.

1. Authentica

Where: 5507 NE 30th Ave, Portland

What: A friendly neighborhood restaurant serving a variety of authentic Mexican dishes that you won't find everywhere. Authentica's chef was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef in 2010. The brunch is excellent (usually without a wait) and the prices are very reasonable for what you get.

 

2. Nuestra Cocina

Where: 2135 Southeast Division Street

What: Specialties from Oaxaca, the Yucatan and Veracruz regions of Mexico, Nuestra Cocina offers simple, delicious fare served a lively dining room. In the summertime, ask for a table on the patio -- it's worth the wait. The drinks and desserts are quite special, too.

3. Trebol

Where: 4835 North Albina Avenue
What: This is an upscale Mexican place that also offers a huge selection of tequila, so come prepared to sip. Think of Trebol less as a straigh-up Mexican restaurant and more as a place to find modern Northwest cuisine with Mexican flavors.

4. Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon

Where: 16223 NE Glisan, Gresham

What: There's a deli counter in the back of this Mexican grocery store that offers some of the most authentic Mexican food available in the area. Think inexpensive, unfussy, and totally worth the trek.

5. Casa de Tamales/Canby Asparagus Farm

Where: 10605 SE Main St. in Milwaukie, OR (The food from this restaurant is also sold at farmer's markets around town)

What: I'd never heard of an asparagus tamale until I visited Casa de tamale. They're incredible! This place brings their produce directly from local farms and prepares all their dishes with love. Tamales and baked goods are also available to-go, as is masa, which you can use to make your own tamales at home.

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