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Hillsboro, OR: Ochoa's Taqueria


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Hillsboro, OR: Ochoa's Taqueria

Dudley | Mar 21, 2005 02:27 PM

I drive to Hillsboro from Portland once a week. By way of background, I grew up in San Diego, traveled extensively throughout Mexico and can easily spot a quality establishment. This is such a place. While many other nearby tacquerias and restaurants had little or no crowds, this place was packed. From the parking lot to the dining room to the outdoor patio - packed. After eating, I can see why. . .

I have passed Ochoa’s Taqueria countless times. I finally stopped for lunch last Saturday. Upon arrival, I saw it was filled with the aromas of fresh mexican food and packed with locals getting their fill. Out of the 40 or so people there, I was one of about three that spoke English as a primary language - always a good sign when going for a truly authentic experience.

We ordered 7 tacos (mix of carne asada, barbacoa, carnitas, pastor), carnitas torta and a carnitas huaracha. While waiting or the food, we stood near the kitchen as plate after bowl after plate of large portioned soups, tacos, tortas (the size of flattened footballs), burritos, etc were husted out by the efficient staff. Hotel pans full of beautiful carnitas simmering near the kitchen, were available by the pound ($5.00!!). This is great homemade food. Both the tortillas and huracha were as fresh as you will find. The tacos, filled with savory meat (no gristle), were a joy to eat. The torta is more than one person can eat, but it tasted so good you did not want to stop. The quantity/quality vs. price ratio was absurd. Tortas for $4.00, tacos for a buck, the huaracha combo plate - $5.00. Fresh hot sauces, including a terrific nopales/tomatillo-salsa were available at the self serve bar. Bulk tortillas and other items were available for the asking.

Last, they had a good selection of Mexican sodas, juices and beers. Life is too short to ignore this place. As my Mississippi in-laws are prone to say, “Hop in the car and go git!”

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