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Tamale Boy Is Bringing Family Recipes to Portland International Airport

If all goes as planned, it’ll open in May

Tamale Boy

The restaurant known for its well-priced signature tamales Tamale Boy is headed to the Portland International Airport’s D Concourse. Taking over a former Starbucks (the airport’s local coffee options were significantly upgraded last year), Tamale Boy will serve a light breakfast menu, lunch, and dinner, with grab-and-go items, as well as bottled beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

The restaurant tells Eater it tentatively plans to open by the end of May, and it’s working on a large mural and a color scheme of aquas and pinks to brighten the space. The 900-square-foot location will seat 14 to 16 and offer counter service, and like all of the restaurants at PDX, prices will stay true to its regular menus.

Tamale Boy opened its first brick and mortar in the Woodland neighborhood in 2014, and though it built its reputation on its tamales after a very successful run as a food cart, owner Jaime Soltero has always offered a varied menu, with posoles, enchiladas, and mole, plus the requisite burritos. With the recently opened NE Russell location, Soltero entered the brunch game, too, so the forthcoming breakfast options could draw from those flavors.

Tamale Boy

1764 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 (503) 206-8022 Visit Website