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Cafe El Portal: some good, some not-so-good

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Cafe El Portal: some good, some not-so-good

JackS | Aug 24, 2005 10:47 AM

Went here last week (on Elizabeth between Spring and Kenmare). I was very pleasantly surprised by most of the food that I had. The elote asada - roast corn - was delicious, with lots of butter and cheese and a wonderful roasted flavor. Red and green chile sauces were excellent, with a smoky, spicy taste. The guac was good, too. One of the (non-alcoholic) drinks they had was cucumber juice, which is very refreshing and better-tasting then it sounds.

The entrees we had were not spectacular, though. One of us got tacos al pastor, which were disappointing. I got chile relleno, which was bland (for chile!) and uninteresting. At the end of the meal, we were too full for dessert.

Because some of the dishes I had here were so good, I'm definitely going back, although I'm getting different entrees next time.

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