It's not surprising to hear that Ava Gene's chef Joshua McFadden likes to stop by The Woodsman Tavern — Ave Gene's older brother — when his shift ends for what he calls one of the best burgers in the city. But when pressed to think of something a little more off the beaten path, one favorite immediately comes to mind: Angel Food and Fun.
The no-frills, brightly colored Yucatecan taco joint is best known for its panuchos, or bean-stuffed deep-fried tacos. It's been an underground hit ever since former Bluehour chef Manuel Lopez took ownership of the place a couple of years back.
"Every time I go in there, I eat a gajillion tacos, but I always get a torta to go for later," says McFadden.
And he doesn't discriminate between chicken, steak or braised pork tacos because, at $1.50 a pop, he doesn't have to. And while he says the tamales are great, and calls the empanadas "awesome," the tacos, and that post-shift torta, always do the trick.
Angel Food and Fun: 5135 NE 60th Ave., Portland; 503-287-7909