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[PDX] Morelia Taco Shack

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[PDX] Morelia Taco Shack

extramsg | Apr 21, 2005 04:06 AM

Tried a taco truck/shack/trailer I'd been meaning to get to for a while. It's named Morelia after the town in Michoacan that the owners are from. It's located at the corner of 82nd and Lambert, south of Foster, north of Johnson Creek.

They have tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and tamales. The meat choices for tacos are: asada, chorizo, carnitas, deshebrada, chicharron, lengua, barbacoa, and al pastor. They have six choices for the tortas: milanesa, pollo, asada, carnitas, chorizo, jamon. A couple fewer for quesadillas: jamon, carnitas, asada, lengua, and queso, of course.

I ordered two tacos, deshebrada and barbacoa. I probably should have tried the carnitas, but I was in the mood for beef. Both were quite good, especially the barbacoa which came stewed in a deeply-flavored sauce. I asked them and their barbacoa is made from more than just the head. The deshebrada had a strong beef flavor, almost like what I think of as barbacoa. It was tender and in long strands.

They have several, maybe 5, house-made salsas. The ones I tried were quite tasty. I used a chipotle-based salsa and a chile de arbol and tomato based salsa on my tacos.

Tortillas are made by hand. They make special huarache like tortillas for the quesadillas, too. The women who work the cart are quite nice, but speak only a little English. Gave me a chance to brush up on my Spanish before my upcoming Mexico trip, though.

Highly recommended.

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