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Nate Maas Jan 29, 2007 08:30 PM

Alright, friends,

I'm looking for cheap nachos with two main features: quantity and quality.

I don't want no fancy plates costing 7 bucks and tasting like fennel. I want good, meaty (or vegetariany) Taqueria-style nachos. The kind that costs less than 5 bucks and could easily satisfy two people.

Cha Cha Cha's are good, taste-wise, but definitely lack in size. But that's the sort of style I'm looking for, I guess. I'm definitely open to other options.

And what's the deal with Tres Hermanos' (Tigard) "nachos"? There isn't any cheese! It's literally just chips and salsa. This is failure at its worst. And that's not what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance for your helpful help,

-Nate

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    Brian Spangler Feb 4, 2007 09:31 AM

    Their is a taco truck at SE 50th and Division called Taqueria Gorditos. I just tried the nachos and was blown away at the quality and quantity for the price. Two options here, regular $4 and super $5. Super adds slices of avocado and tomatoes, which I thought was well worth the extra buck. Only two meats to choose from here, but the carne asada nachos were perfect. This plate has to be one of the best deals that I have ever had... oh yeah... definitely enough for two people.

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      Nate Maas Feb 17, 2007 03:37 PM

      Update: These nachos rule. The tacos are also delicious. The regular nachos (without meat) are 3.50 and includes avocado and tomato. With meat, it's 4.50. My girlfriend and I split the regular and were quite full. Amazing quality too - very fresh.

      Oh, and I asked for it without lettuce, since I believe lettuce to be the devil ... in Mexican food, at least. Otherwise, lettuce and I are tight. Word.

      This taco truck rules and closes at 8pm. Those are the facts. Thanks to Brian for the recommendation!

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        extramsg Feb 17, 2007 06:18 PM

        Best carne asada in town, imo. Get it encebollada.

        btw, Nate, I know it's not exactly what you're looking for, but my favorite plate of nachos in town is Esparza's bbq pork nachos. The place overall is inconsistent, but I wholeheartedly endorse that dish.

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      pizzafiend Feb 5, 2007 02:46 PM

      A couple of weeks ago my wife and I had a fantastic plate of carnitas nachos at Los Baez (24th & E. Burnside). I don't remember the price exactly, but it seems to me they were $5.50 or $6.00, and definitely enough for 2 people.

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        pdxgirl Feb 17, 2007 04:24 PM

        Be sure to avoid Taste of Mexico on NW 21st. I thought my taste buds had died, there is absolutely no taste to their chips or anything else. The food looks good, the place is pretty, the service was very nice though a bit slow, but they managed to extract all flavor from all the food!

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          pdxgirl Feb 17, 2007 06:34 PM

          I do have to give them credit for a decent Margarita though.

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            nkeane Aug 26, 2008 09:13 PM

            there is a saying that goes, price, quality, speed(you can insert quantity here)......pick any two!

            other then a cart, i doubt youre ever going to find all three in the same plate of nachos, or any other dish!
            and as far as Casa De Matado goes, i havent had the nachos, but if the other menu items are any indication, they are neither of high quality, or low price.....and the crowd is a piece of work. what a bunch of preening, A&F wearing, popped collar, wankers!! I am just glad this place is on the a** end of 23rd!

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