In a city where it's commonly understood that much of the best food comes from trucks and carts, tacos stand firmly at the top of the heap. It's a surety that almost anywhere in the city and surrounding suburbs, a taco truck is within walking distance.
Emerging from the pandemic-era restrictions impacting the restaurant industry, Mexican food in Portland has only grown and diversified. Carts specializing in birria have parked in lots from Gresham to Hillsboro, while restaurants focused on contemporary Mexican cuisine have opened in the heart of the city. Meanwhile, the small mercados, panaderias, and taco trucks that have retained customers for decades largely 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 spots, look for options via their specific maps.
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.Read More