Tamale Boy’s well-priced Mexican-street-food-style tamales and plates aren’t only served up on NE Dekum anymore: Its second location is now officially open, at 668 N Russell St., just blocks from the Moda Center. While Tamale Boy supplies the tamales, burritos, and other Mexican dishes, the experimental brewery next door, Labrewatory, provides the beer and seating, with around 50 seats in its tasting room.
“Our second restaurant has some new dishes,” Tamale Boy’s communications manager Lee Heublein-Hsu tells Eater, “as well as a retail area we’ll keep adding to. Right now, it has the largest selection of wines from Mexico in Portland.”
The new “gastrobrew-focused” menu sections are substantial. Find beer-friendly appetizers like sikil pak dip, a traditional Yucatan dip of roasted pumpkin seeds, garlic, tomato, and habanero, and, for large plates, sope de minilla, a traditional Veracruzana-style crab served atop corn masa and potato sopes (see the full menu below).
Another big development is all-day Sunday brunch, which starts this weekend. An early look at the menu includes chilaquiles, pozole de mariscos, and huevos rancheros apporeados, featuring thinly cut cured beef and chorizo cooked in a house-made ranchero sauce.
Tamale Boy on North Russell operates Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.