After three months of renovations and menu-tweaking, sustainability-minded El Gallo Taqueria will open the doors to its new brick-and-mortar spot on SE Woodstock Blvd. this Saturday Feb. 21.
For five years, El Gallo was a popular taco truck operating out of The Joinery's parking lot just a few blocks away from the new location. Owner Jake Brown outfitted the cart with energy-efficient appliances and sourced most of his ingredients each day from local farms and nearby farmers markets. In fact, El Gallo was deemed one of the most sustainable carts by the Portland Business Journal.
The green theme continues at Brown's new space, which is a narrow, cozy, 420 square feet. It was renovated in adherence with Energy Trust of Oregon's green building standards, with sustainably harvested local fir for the beams, and lots of repurposed old wood for the trim and seating.
As for the menu, the tight selection of tacos (with housemade corn tortillas) and burritos has expanded to include several more options of each. There's also a Nevada Tostada built on Native American-style fry bread, plus sides like fresh-fried chips, cactus slaw, and a rotating selection of drinks, desserts, and specials.
El Gallo Taqueria: 4422 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-481-7537. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.