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Best PDX Taquerias?

Kazy Ctn Apr 20, 2008 05:00 PM

Just moved back to the west coast after a brief stint in Boston. After 2 years of sparse, inauthentic, and genuinely BAD Mexican food, I'm dying for a real-deal taqueria. I'm not talking about oxymoronic upscale places or anywhere that serves frozen margarita slushies - I'm talking carnitas, machaca, or lengua in palm-sized corn tortillas (read: La Taqueria or Farolito in SF, South Beach Grill in SD). I've already seen a bunch of places, but I need an insider scoop here... who do I need to try? Thanks!

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    MyNextMeal Apr 20, 2008 06:08 PM

    While I'm sure certain persons may out-snob me on the taco front:

    POR QUE NO is a small place on Mississippi (just north of Fremont). It's quite tasty (sometimes a little salty for me) and very small and often crowded. I like their horchata or other agua frescas on offer.

    I also patronize Cha-Cha-Cha (the NW Glisan location of a local chain) for lunch and am quite happy with the goods.

    There are also taco trucks/carts in town - but I'll leave it to others to make a recommendation. Happy eats.

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      PDXChilihead Apr 20, 2008 09:03 PM

      If you’re adventurous and mobile, you might want to try one of the taco trucks. Check out the “Taco Truck Directory” at PortlandFood.org. http://portlandfood.org/index.php?sho... It’s a long read, but should help some.

      1. SauceSupreme Apr 21, 2008 12:12 AM

        There are a ton of taco trucks and taquerias in Beaverton.

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          kosmonut Apr 21, 2008 10:47 AM

          You MUST try Taqueria Sanchez on Highway 99 in Tigard. Really quite good. (Great Sopes, Carnitas & Menudo)There is also a great Mexican bakery across the street if you need some more stuff to take home. I cannot remember the name though

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            MichaelG Apr 21, 2008 03:42 PM

            Just go to the truck in the back of the lot of the gas station at the corner of N Interstate and N Killingsworth. It's what your looking for. They make their own tortillas. They were mentioned in Gourmet Magazine. They are the best.

            I've also heard the truck at around 33rd and Division is good too.

            It also bears mentioning that if you're ever heading south on I-5, that you should stop in downtown Woodburn for the most excellent tacos, tortas, tamales and tostadas at Salvadores or Luis's.

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              Kazy Ctn Apr 22, 2008 09:06 AM

              Thanks to everyone for some of those tips. I've definitely been scouting out some of the taco trucks downtown. As far as the other places in town go, any clear standouts?

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                SauceSupreme Apr 22, 2008 10:12 AM

                You might like D.F. in the Pearl and Taqueria Nueve on the Eastside. I'm quite non-plussed with T9, which has led me to be wary of Day-Effay (DF stands for Distrito Federal, but I couldn't begin to tell you about the nuances of street food in Mexico City). But that's taken from a small sample size, and so you might like DF and T9.

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                  Nettie Apr 22, 2008 12:21 PM

                  I'm betting that if the OP didn't want to hear about "oxymoronic upscale places" that they're not going to want to hear about DF or Taqueria Nueve, or even Autentica or Nuestra Cocina (the latter two also upscale, but actually run by Mexicans).

                  I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the places on Alberta like La Bonita or Don Pancho.

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                    SauceSupreme Apr 22, 2008 03:03 PM

                    True dat. I still need to head out to La Bonita -- I hear it's the best taqueria in Portland proper.

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                      MichaelG Apr 23, 2008 09:25 AM

                      As the one recommending the great taco truck at Killingsworth and Interstate, I still love df and Nueve, and recommend the OP give them a try. And yes, La Bonita and La Sirenita at around NE 31st and Alberta should both definitely be added to the top ten.

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                        Nettie Apr 23, 2008 11:56 AM

                        Would that truck be La Chiquita, formerly Tres Hermanos?

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                          MichaelG Apr 23, 2008 12:47 PM

                          I think its 3 hermanos. They used to be at Denver and Killings but moved about a year ago. For tacos, they may be the best in town.

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                        Kazy Ctn Apr 26, 2008 03:24 PM

                        I actually have tried DF in the pearl and it was pretty good, but not the true, quick and easy "taqueria experience" if that makes any sense...

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                          Kazy Ctn Apr 26, 2008 03:27 PM

                          Thanks for the tips. Bonita and Don Pancho are definitely on my short list...

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                            AlbertaHound Apr 26, 2008 09:01 PM

                            I'm not sure how Don Pancho ended up so high on your list! Many of the aforementioned are better than DP.

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