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Mole and pollo tacos at Tierra Del Sol.
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22 Outstanding Taco Spots in Greater Portland

Eat your way through some jaw-dropping tacos, filled with everything from cochinita pibil to fried fish

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Mole and pollo tacos at Tierra Del Sol.
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Despite the squeeze of the pandemic on Portland restaurants, Mexican food in Portland has only grown and diversified. Carts specializing in birria have parked in lots throughout Gresham and East Portland, while restaurants focused on contemporary Mexican cuisine have opened in the heart of the city. Vegan carts sling soy curls al pastor as pandemic-era pop-up chefs ladle containers of pozole for customers found on Instagram. Meanwhile, the small mercados, panaderias, and taco trucks that have retained customers for decades remain open, packing carnitas and cabeza into small, house-made tortillas.

Whatever the future has in store, tacos are a high-resiliency dish — built for travel, ingredient flexibility, and easy eating. So here's a look at some of Portland's finest tacos, from dripping guisados to super-crispy carnitas. This map focuses on spots underrepresented on some of our other Mexican food maps, so for more options in Gresham or birria-specific spots, look for options via their specific maps. Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's

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With decent-to-excellent taco carts gracing nearly every Portland neighborhood these days, it takes something truly special to lure Portland denizens to the furthest end of the blue line in Hillsboro. Ochoa’s is indeed that extraordinary, filling their tacos filled with grilled proteins as tender and flavorful as the very best barbecue. With 16 different meat options, carnivores making the trip out west shouldn’t stick to just one — don’t hesitate to add goat, buche, or tripas to the order. Ochoa’s is open daily until 9:30 p.m., offering takeout as well as both indoor and outdoor seating in the truly old-school restaurant.

Tacos El Patron

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Found on the TV highway right in the middle of Hillsboro and Beaverton, El Patron has a wide variety of classic street tacos on soft tortillas, dorados in hard-shell tortillas, queso tacos with flour tortillas, and tacos de alambre using crispy cheese. Tacos El Patron is one of the few spots where diners can find cheesy quesabirria alongside a wider selection of meats, from lengua to fish. El Patron is open seven days a week, with limited morning-only Mondays.

El Jefe Mexican Grill

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Operating out of a food truck just south of downtown Beaverton, El Jefe brings a variety of Mexican dishes and smoky chicken to the Westside. The specialty here is obviously the “pollo al carbon” or charcoal-grilled chicken, but there is also a good selection of other meats that can be served as street tacos, as well. Diners should also keep an eye out for specials, like spit-roasted al pastor. El Jefe is open for takeout every day.

Taqueria Y Panaderia Santa Cruz

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Everybody who knows anything knows that this tiny St. Johns tienda slings some of Portland’s best tacos. Standouts are the lengua, carnitas, and pastor tacos, given some extra oomph with the restaurant’s garlicky, bright avocado salsa. For more curious diners, Santa Cruz also one of the few places that serve buche, cueritos, and cabeza in Portland. Santa Cruz is open for takeout everyday, along with limited indoor seating.

El Coyote

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Don’t let the haphazard sign and makeshift plywood shelter fool you: This food cart makes some of the best carnitas not only in St. Johns, but in Portland. Potato-chip-crispy at its edges and massively flavorful, a single carnitas taco doesn’t go for more than $2.50. The seafood options are also tender and bright, with a squiggle of crema and a handful of slaw. El Coyote is open for takeout and covered picnic-bench outdoor seating Monday through Saturday.

Three tacos sit in a red basket at El Coyote in St. Johns
Tacos at El Coyote
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Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine

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Tucked in the back of the Killingsworth Station food cart pod, Tehuana serves Oaxacan-style dishes to enjoy at the pod’s many tables or during a game of pool. The chipotle pork tacos on handmade tortillas are pure heaven with a squirt of the cart’s house-made, broodingly dark morita salsa. Tehuana is open for takeout and outdoor dining from Wednesday to Sunday.

República

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Located within the Ecotrust building in the Pearl, República is a vigorous new addition to the city’s Mexican food scene. While tacos are not typically featured in República evening tasting menu, breakfast and lunch tacos are a great representation of the wonderful things that can happen when people pay attention to the quality of ingredients that go into a taco. Los Tacos Yucatecos are an homage to the food of the Yucatan peninsula and come on a handmade tortilla topped with black beans, juicy cochinita pibil, avocados, and pickled onions. República is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. República requires proof of vaccination and masking for indoor dining.

Little Conejo

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This cheerful counter-service taqueria in Vancouver grinds its own masa every day for its tortillas, which end up loaded with wild-tasting lamb barbacoa, juicy and flavorful suadero, and wicked-crispy logs of chorizo filled with gooey cheese. Any combination works well with the restaurant’s extensive mezcal collection. Little Conejo is open for dining in and takeout Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch. A second “burrito trailer” location in Ridgefield is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Taco Gang PDX

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Located in the heart of Belmont, Taco Gang is a bit of a newer resident in the taco community. While the menu here is a bit simplified compared to others on the list, the tacos have the option of flour or handmade corn tortillas. For those wondering what protein to get, the perfectly crispy carnitas or the spicy chorizo is the move here. Taco Gang is open Tuesday through Saturday for takeout and limited outdoor dining.

Tight Tacos

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Located inside the Zipper on Sandy Boulevard, Tight Tacos has a cult following for its no-joke carnitas and al pastor on house-made tortillas. Vegetarians will likely prefer the “impastor” cauliflower tacos, pastor-style in an adobo marinade. Tight Tacos is open for takeout as well as both indoor and outdoor dining at the Zipper, Tuesday through Sunday, until 8 p.m. most days and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tight Tacos also has three sister locations — one on southeast Division and two in Hawaii.

Nightingale

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This newer Mexican restaurant, located on the knockout stretch of restaurants along 28th Avenue, always has a few tacos on the menu. Tacos Gobernador pair shrimp and poblanos with chipotle crema, while the late-night “street tacos” fill corn tortillas with adobo veggies and salsa verde. Nightingale is open Wednesday through Sunday for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery.

Taquería Los Puñales

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After opening on Belmont during the pandemic last year, Los Puñales has easily become a staple taqueria in Portland. Los Puñales serves a huge variety of guisados on handmade tortillas, alongside a range of aguas frescas occasionally spiked with tequila. While the classic guisados here are great, the beauty of Los Puñales lies in the more unconventional fillings like the garlicky steak al pesto and fried chile relleno. Los Puñales is open Tuesday through Sunday for takeout and onsite dining.

Panaderia Mexicana Cinco de Mayo

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This Reed-area market serves some of the finest carnitas, asada, and cabeza tacos in Portland. All three are lusciously marbled with fat, with crispy edges on the asada and carnitas. The pastor is a sleeper hit; no, it’s not roasted on a trompo, but the marinade’s pairing of pineapple and guajillo is unforgettable. The market and tacqueria are open seven days a week until 8 p.m.

Loncheria Los Mayas

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This Northeast Portland food cart serves a stunning cochinita pibil taco on handmade tortillas, dotted with pickled onions and radishes. The lengua is no slouch, either — super flavorful with balanced texture — and those seeking something outside the scope of a taco can grab the panuchos, a Yucatecan fried-and-bean-stuffed tortilla topped with pickled onions and other fixings. Loncheria Los Mayas is open for walk-up orders Monday through Friday.

Matt's BBQ Tacos

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Having crashed the barbecue party with the original Matt’s BBQ, and pulled off the out of left field brisket-and-Thai mashup success of Eem (with plenty of credit to Akkapong Earl Ninsom), Matt Vicedomini’s next trick is wading fearlessly into the crowded Portland taco scene. Specializing in, but not limited to, breakfast tacos, Matt’s BBQ Tacos in the Hinterland pod on Southeast 50th presents Matt’s signature charred-but-succulent brisket, pulled pork, and other expertly smoked delights in airy flour or weighty corn tortillas. Breakfast options generously pile on the eggs, potatoes, and guac, and each day’s menu includes at least one vegetarian option — though these often sell out early. Matt’s is open daily for takeout or covered picnic-bench seating at Hinterland.

Adelina's Mexican Food

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A recent arrival at Oregon City’s Corner 14 food pod, Adelina’s cart has quickly become one of the most popular takeout destinations in the suburb. Adelina’s offers one of the region’s best value meals, with a $10 taco combo featuring tender beans, savory Mexican rice, three tacos, and generous additions of limes and radishes. Adelina’s is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for takeout or covered outdoor dining at the Corner 14 pod.

Tierra del Sol at Portland Mercado

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The great thing about Portland Mercado’s cluster of Latin American food carts is that diners can mix and match cuisines from all over Central and South America. But no visit is complete without Tierra del Sol’s tacos, all served on organic blue corn tortillas. Owner Amalia Sierra serves three of her deeply complex moles — a dark and robust coloradito, a vegetal pipian, and a bright and lively amarillo in tacos, an ideal solution for those wanting to try all three. Tienda del Sol is open for takeout until 8 p.m. every day, along with ample covered outdoor and limited indoor seating in the Mercado.

La Hidalguense

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Tucked unassumingly behind the rough and rowdy Foster Gardens, La Hidalguense’s no-nonsense taco cart is a gem of Foster-Powell. Named after the diverse state of Hidalgo, just north of Mexico City, La Hidalguense serves tender pollo, tangy al pastor, and juicy camaron tacos with equal confidence, and the $7 taco plate remains a remarkable deal. Lunchtime waits can be lengthy on busier days — with no on-site seating calling ahead is advised. La Hidalguense is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Tacos from La Hidalguense
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Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon

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This wonderland of a supermarket has some serious guisados at its deli counter, from chicken in mole to cochinita pibil. But the mercado’s carnitas, boosted with a dose of perky nopales, is the clear front-runner for top taco. The deli counter here is also ideal for grabbing some take-home items to eat later or incorporate into a meal. Tienda De Leon is open for takeout every day until 6 p.m.

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Las Chica Carnitas

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Visiting a Costco without indulging in one of America’s greatest values can take iron will, but Las Chica Carnitas within steps of Camas’s Costco warehouse is well worth saving room for. As the name implies, pork is the star here. Can’t decide between the shredded pork carnitas or the cubed pork belly in spicy honey chili lime sauce? Go for the taco sampler to keep the whole party happy. Frequently changing daily specials and raffles featuring local businesses keep regulars on their toes. Currently Las Chicas Carnitas is only open Fridays and Saturdays, takeout only.

El Rinconcito Michoacáno

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The secret is out on the east Multnomah county taco renaissance, home of a growing, diverse population creating — and consuming — foods informed and inspired by all many parts of Latin America. El Rinconcito Michoacáno, on the far eastern end of Southeast Stark within Portland city limits, is particularly adept at Tlaxcalan tacos al vapor: steamed tacos generously filled with potatoes, beans, shredded beef, or pork rinds, and then brushed with hot oil for an especially filling treat. Located in the back of the large La Tapatia Market, El Rinconcito Michoacáno offers takeout or dining in its bright, cheerful space seven days a week.

Taqueria Amanecer

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A destination for Gresham birria enthusiasts, Tacqueria Amanecer pours equal love and care into its simpler, subtler street tacos. The soft-but-crispy handmade tortillas would be a pleasure alone, currently serving as the foundation for generously filled asada, carnitas, pollo, or chorizo tacos, each moist and distinctly seasoned. Amanacer is currently only open Fridays through Sundays, but is typically open until 11 p.m. for those late-night cravings. Order takeout or snag a covered picnic table.

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Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's

With decent-to-excellent taco carts gracing nearly every Portland neighborhood these days, it takes something truly special to lure Portland denizens to the furthest end of the blue line in Hillsboro. Ochoa’s is indeed that extraordinary, filling their tacos filled with grilled proteins as tender and flavorful as the very best barbecue. With 16 different meat options, carnivores making the trip out west shouldn’t stick to just one — don’t hesitate to add goat, buche, or tripas to the order. Ochoa’s is open daily until 9:30 p.m., offering takeout as well as both indoor and outdoor seating in the truly old-school restaurant.

Tacos El Patron

Found on the TV highway right in the middle of Hillsboro and Beaverton, El Patron has a wide variety of classic street tacos on soft tortillas, dorados in hard-shell tortillas, queso tacos with flour tortillas, and tacos de alambre using crispy cheese. Tacos El Patron is one of the few spots where diners can find cheesy quesabirria alongside a wider selection of meats, from lengua to fish. El Patron is open seven days a week, with limited morning-only Mondays.

El Jefe Mexican Grill

Operating out of a food truck just south of downtown Beaverton, El Jefe brings a variety of Mexican dishes and smoky chicken to the Westside. The specialty here is obviously the “pollo al carbon” or charcoal-grilled chicken, but there is also a good selection of other meats that can be served as street tacos, as well. Diners should also keep an eye out for specials, like spit-roasted al pastor. El Jefe is open for takeout every day.

Taqueria Y Panaderia Santa Cruz

Everybody who knows anything knows that this tiny St. Johns tienda slings some of Portland’s best tacos. Standouts are the lengua, carnitas, and pastor tacos, given some extra oomph with the restaurant’s garlicky, bright avocado salsa. For more curious diners, Santa Cruz also one of the few places that serve buche, cueritos, and cabeza in Portland. Santa Cruz is open for takeout everyday, along with limited indoor seating.

El Coyote

Three tacos sit in a red basket at El Coyote in St. Johns
Tacos at El Coyote
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Don’t let the haphazard sign and makeshift plywood shelter fool you: This food cart makes some of the best carnitas not only in St. Johns, but in Portland. Potato-chip-crispy at its edges and massively flavorful, a single carnitas taco doesn’t go for more than $2.50. The seafood options are also tender and bright, with a squiggle of crema and a handful of slaw. El Coyote is open for takeout and covered picnic-bench outdoor seating Monday through Saturday.

Three tacos sit in a red basket at El Coyote in St. Johns
Tacos at El Coyote
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Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine

Tucked in the back of the Killingsworth Station food cart pod, Tehuana serves Oaxacan-style dishes to enjoy at the pod’s many tables or during a game of pool. The chipotle pork tacos on handmade tortillas are pure heaven with a squirt of the cart’s house-made, broodingly dark morita salsa. Tehuana is open for takeout and outdoor dining from Wednesday to Sunday.

República

Located within the Ecotrust building in the Pearl, República is a vigorous new addition to the city’s Mexican food scene. While tacos are not typically featured in República evening tasting menu, breakfast and lunch tacos are a great representation of the wonderful things that can happen when people pay attention to the quality of ingredients that go into a taco. Los Tacos Yucatecos are an homage to the food of the Yucatan peninsula and come on a handmade tortilla topped with black beans, juicy cochinita pibil, avocados, and pickled onions. República is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. República requires proof of vaccination and masking for indoor dining.

Little Conejo

This cheerful counter-service taqueria in Vancouver grinds its own masa every day for its tortillas, which end up loaded with wild-tasting lamb barbacoa, juicy and flavorful suadero, and wicked-crispy logs of chorizo filled with gooey cheese. Any combination works well with the restaurant’s extensive mezcal collection. Little Conejo is open for dining in and takeout Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch. A second “burrito trailer” location in Ridgefield is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Taco Gang PDX

Located in the heart of Belmont, Taco Gang is a bit of a newer resident in the taco community. While the menu here is a bit simplified compared to others on the list, the tacos have the option of flour or handmade corn tortillas. For those wondering what protein to get, the perfectly crispy carnitas or the spicy chorizo is the move here. Taco Gang is open Tuesday through Saturday for takeout and limited outdoor dining.

Tight Tacos

Located inside the Zipper on Sandy Boulevard, Tight Tacos has a cult following for its no-joke carnitas and al pastor on house-made tortillas. Vegetarians will likely prefer the “impastor” cauliflower tacos, pastor-style in an adobo marinade. Tight Tacos is open for takeout as well as both indoor and outdoor dining at the Zipper, Tuesday through Sunday, until 8 p.m. most days and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tight Tacos also has three sister locations — one on southeast Division and two in Hawaii.

Nightingale

This newer Mexican restaurant, located on the knockout stretch of restaurants along 28th Avenue, always has a few tacos on the menu. Tacos Gobernador pair shrimp and poblanos with chipotle crema, while the late-night “street tacos” fill corn tortillas with adobo veggies and salsa verde. Nightingale is open Wednesday through Sunday for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery.

Taquería Los Puñales

After opening on Belmont during the pandemic last year, Los Puñales has easily become a staple taqueria in Portland. Los Puñales serves a huge variety of guisados on handmade tortillas, alongside a range of aguas frescas occasionally spiked with tequila. While the classic guisados here are great, the beauty of Los Puñales lies in the more unconventional fillings like the garlicky steak al pesto and fried chile relleno. Los Puñales is open Tuesday through Sunday for takeout and onsite dining.

Panaderia Mexicana Cinco de Mayo

This Reed-area market serves some of the finest carnitas, asada, and cabeza tacos in Portland. All three are lusciously marbled with fat, with crispy edges on the asada and carnitas. The pastor is a sleeper hit; no, it’s not roasted on a trompo, but the marinade’s pairing of pineapple and guajillo is unforgettable. The market and tacqueria are open seven days a week until 8 p.m.

Loncheria Los Mayas

This Northeast Portland food cart serves a stunning cochinita pibil taco on handmade tortillas, dotted with pickled onions and radishes. The lengua is no slouch, either — super flavorful with balanced texture — and those seeking something outside the scope of a taco can grab the panuchos, a Yucatecan fried-and-bean-stuffed tortilla topped with pickled onions and other fixings. Loncheria Los Mayas is open for walk-up orders Monday through Friday.

Matt's BBQ Tacos

Having crashed the barbecue party with the original Matt’s BBQ, and pulled off the out of left field brisket-and-Thai mashup success of Eem (with plenty of credit to Akkapong Earl Ninsom), Matt Vicedomini’s next trick is wading fearlessly into the crowded Portland taco scene. Specializing in, but not limited to, breakfast tacos, Matt’s BBQ Tacos in the Hinterland pod on Southeast 50th presents Matt’s signature charred-but-succulent brisket, pulled pork, and other expertly smoked delights in airy flour or weighty corn tortillas. Breakfast options generously pile on the eggs, potatoes, and guac, and each day’s menu includes at least one vegetarian option — though these often sell out early. Matt’s is open daily for takeout or covered picnic-bench seating at Hinterland.

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Adelina's Mexican Food

A recent arrival at Oregon City’s Corner 14 food pod, Adelina’s cart has quickly become one of the most popular takeout destinations in the suburb. Adelina’s offers one of the region’s best value meals, with a $10 taco combo featuring tender beans, savory Mexican rice, three tacos, and generous additions of limes and radishes. Adelina’s is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for takeout or covered outdoor dining at the Corner 14 pod.

Tierra del Sol at Portland Mercado

The great thing about Portland Mercado’s cluster of Latin American food carts is that diners can mix and match cuisines from all over Central and South America. But no visit is complete without Tierra del Sol’s tacos, all served on organic blue corn tortillas. Owner Amalia Sierra serves three of her deeply complex moles — a dark and robust coloradito, a vegetal pipian, and a bright and lively amarillo in tacos, an ideal solution for those wanting to try all three. Tienda del Sol is open for takeout until 8 p.m. every day, along with ample covered outdoor and limited indoor seating in the Mercado.

La Hidalguense

A paper carton containing nine street tacos, including shrimp, carnitas, and chicken
Tacos from La Hidalguense
Nathan Williams

Tucked unassumingly behind the rough and rowdy Foster Gardens, La Hidalguense’s no-nonsense taco cart is a gem of Foster-Powell. Named after the diverse state of Hidalgo, just north of Mexico City, La Hidalguense serves tender pollo, tangy al pastor, and juicy camaron tacos with equal confidence, and the $7 taco plate remains a remarkable deal. Lunchtime waits can be lengthy on busier days — with no on-site seating calling ahead is advised. La Hidalguense is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A paper carton containing nine street tacos, including shrimp, carnitas, and chicken
Tacos from La Hidalguense
Nathan Williams

Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon

This wonderland of a supermarket has some serious guisados at its deli counter, from chicken in mole to cochinita pibil. But the mercado’s carnitas, boosted with a dose of perky nopales, is the clear front-runner for top taco. The deli counter here is also ideal for grabbing some take-home items to eat later or incorporate into a meal. Tienda De Leon is open for takeout every day until 6 p.m.

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Las Chica Carnitas

Visiting a Costco without indulging in one of America’s greatest values can take iron will, but Las Chica Carnitas within steps of Camas’s Costco warehouse is well worth saving room for. As the name implies, pork is the star here. Can’t decide between the shredded pork carnitas or the cubed pork belly in spicy honey chili lime sauce? Go for the taco sampler to keep the whole party happy. Frequently changing daily specials and raffles featuring local businesses keep regulars on their toes. Currently Las Chicas Carnitas is only open Fridays and Saturdays, takeout only.

El Rinconcito Michoacáno

The secret is out on the east Multnomah county taco renaissance, home of a growing, diverse population creating — and consuming — foods informed and inspired by all many parts of Latin America. El Rinconcito Michoacáno, on the far eastern end of Southeast Stark within Portland city limits, is particularly adept at Tlaxcalan tacos al vapor: steamed tacos generously filled with potatoes, beans, shredded beef, or pork rinds, and then brushed with hot oil for an especially filling treat. Located in the back of the large La Tapatia Market, El Rinconcito Michoacáno offers takeout or dining in its bright, cheerful space seven days a week.

Taqueria Amanecer

A destination for Gresham birria enthusiasts, Tacqueria Amanecer pours equal love and care into its simpler, subtler street tacos. The soft-but-crispy handmade tortillas would be a pleasure alone, currently serving as the foundation for generously filled asada, carnitas, pollo, or chorizo tacos, each moist and distinctly seasoned. Amanacer is currently only open Fridays through Sundays, but is typically open until 11 p.m. for those late-night cravings. Order takeout or snag a covered picnic table.

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