Some tasty finds in Tigard: Taqueria 7 Estrellas, Sanchez Taqueria, and Malai Thai!
Recently moved to Tigard. It has been almost 10 years since I lived in the Portland area. Most recently lived in central Texas for 3 years, before that lived in Seattle and visited Portland often.
Have been looking for and trying different affordable and local places in and around Tigard.
We have really enjoyed what we've tried at all of the places I listed above.
We don't eat red meat but do eat seafood and poultry.
At Taqueria 7 Estrellas, their homemade, handmade corn tortillas are amazing, some of the best I've had anywhere. Their table (red and chunky) salsa is great, really tasty (mild spiciness) as are their homemade chips and red and green salsas that they bring out. They have an eclectic menu with mostly Mexican dishes but also an American (along with Mexican) breakfast menu. They also have things like chicken fried steak and salads.
I have tried and enjoyed the torta (with chicken), enchiladas verdes (asked them to make with chicken instead of the pork listed on the menu), the Denver omelet made with mushrooms instead of ham and served with hashbrowns and corn tortillas (requested instead of toast), the chicken sope, the huevos rancheros (requested beans and hashbrowns instead of rice and beans and asked for light cheese), and a chicken taco (poached style chicken).
We have also tried the chile relleno. It was tasty but the style is thin egg wrapped around the chile type and I prefer the fluffy whipped batter style.
Their menu says they have mole on the weekend but I haven't tried it yet.
Some other notes: the portions are very large and the prices are a good value for the amount of food you get. For breakfast we have been ordering one plate and splitting it. Since they serve several tortillas with the dish if you request tortillas this is still a lot of food. Lunch specials are mostly $5.95. Also, they seem very willing to make things to your specifications. When my husband requested jalapenos added to his sope it was a grilled, nicely charred jalapeno. The rice is converted style rice and the flavor is good but I prefer the refried beans which are not thick and pasty but softer. The food comes out nice and hot. They tend to sprinkle cheese on top of their dishes and on the refried beans which is more cheese than I need so I usually request no cheese or light cheese depending on the dish.
Since this place is right down the street from where we are living and we have been unpacking we have eaten here several times. It is a little tricky to find since the address is on Pacific Highway but the storefront it not, it is kind of behind the Joy Theatre in the same parking lot as Joann's Fabrics, near where the 217 meets Pacific Hwy (99W).
Sanchez Taqueria has been a great find as well. A little further down Pacific Hwy, Sanchez has some tasty options. One day we were both hungry so we each ordered a chicken burrito. They are huge! We couldn't finish them so took the leftovers to go. You walk in, order at the counter, and take a number to your table to sit and wait for them to bring out your food. Their homemade corn tortillas are very good. They also bring you chips and salsa to your table along with a red and green salsa.
In addition to the chicken burritos which were very tasty (they come with meat, rice, beans, cabbage, onions, and cilantro), we have also tried the chicken chavindecas (two giant corn tortillas layered with melting cheese, meat, and beans and then topped with shredded cabbage, cilantro, onions, tomato, and sliced avocado along with a dusting of a wonderful aged cotija), the chicken mole plate (served on a giant platter with very tasty rice and beans, tons of mole sauce, a leg and thigh bone-in, and tortillas on the side), and a chicken sope.
I really like how they finely shred the cabbage that they put on everything and finely chop the cilantro and onions. The flavors are then evenly distributed throughout the dish. The cotija is really tasty and flavorful. We also ordered an horchata once. It is a little on the pricey side, but they don't put too much ice in it and it was strong and flavorful. The larger plates like the chicken mole are around $12.00 but they are really huge (enough for 2, especially with the tortillas) and the burritos I think are $6.25 and those are very filling. Haven't tried the tacos yet. They open at 10 am. They also have a panadaria but I haven't tried anything from that.
Malai Thai is located near King City on Pacific Hwy, close to Bull Mtn. Rd. We have been in only twice. The first time we went for dinner and ordered the chicken larb and the spicy noodles (pad kee mao) with chicken, both medium spicy. The larb didn't come with rice so I ordered a side of rice. The server offered sticky rice. The sticky rice was excellent and went really well with the spicy, tangy, herbaceous larb. The portion of the rice was generous and since I hadn't checked the price of the side of rice before ordering, I was glad to see when I got the check that is was only a dollar something for the rice. There was lots of lemongrass and fresh herb flavor (mint, cilantro, etc.) in the larb. The spicy noodles were some of the least greasy I have had, not too salty, flavorful, with egg and basil just how I like that dish to be.
We went back for lunch and tried the green curry with tofu. I really like tofu but it isn't always great and this was tasty. Very firm but smooth textured and the dish was overflowing with veggies and lots of basil. The flavor of the curry was great. Not to sweet and nice and spicy (we ordered the dish medium spicy). We also ordered chicken pad thai. This is something I don't order much because a lot of places make it super plain. It came with a nice pile of bean sprout and shredded carrots as well as chopped peanuts on the side. The pad thai was very flavorful, lots of egg and chicken as well. The sauce was sweet, tangy and spicy, well balanced (we also ordered this medium spicy). I am looking forward to going back and trying more dishes.
If others would like to add recs for any local Tigard-ish area restaurants, I would definitely appreciate.
Went back to Malai Thai last night. Ordered everything medium spicy. We really liked the spicy eggplant (ordered with veggies only, no meat), the chicken larb, the mango rolls and peanut sauce, and the mango with sticky rice. The little bit of cucumber salad that came with the chicken satay was also very nice.
The pad thai was not the same as the other day - not as flavorful or spicy. The tom kha and chicken satay were somewhat plain.
Would still go back, would make sure the food is spicy before digging in, and would pick and choose dishes.
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