Portland’s Mexican food scene doesn’t get enough credit. It’s tempting to constantly frame a city’s Mexican food against that of Los Angeles or El Paso, but in the case of Portland, that flattens the great Oaxacan and Yucatecan spots that have been thriving here for years, not to mention the uniquely homegrown takes on the cuisine that compellingly argue for compressed watermelon aguachile and fried cauliflower in pipián. Portland’s Mexican restaurants, food carts, and mercados use heritage masa nixtamalized in town for tamales and tacos, stock delis with flavorful nopales salads, and simmer moles passed down through generations. From the old-school tiendas ladling bowls of menudo to the newer carts slinging birria, these destinations reveal the layers and nuances of the city’s take on Mexican cuisine.
Don’t see a favorite Mexican restaurant? Check out the birria, burrito, and taco maps or rally for it in the comments. Also, it’s worth noting that Gresham is a Mexican food haven in greater Portland; for more taquerias east of 205, this map may help. (Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.)
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