About 11 of us rellenada ourselves into a 15 person van like a Sunday church group ready for our last taco and set out to try some of my favorite Mexican on the outskirts or Portland. Here's a rundown of what we did:
Salvador's Bakery (Woodburn)
- 6 tacos de asada
- 2 lb carnitas
- Bakery goods
Taqueria Ochoa (Hillsboro)
- 2 huarache platters (beans, rice, guacamole) one with lengua, one with al pastor
- 3 gorditas de carnitas
- 1 lb birria de chivo
Poncho's al Pastor (Vancouver)
- 6 tacos al pastor
- 3 quesadillas de maiz con queso
Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon (Gresham)
- Puerco con nopales en salsa roja
- Costillas de puerco en salsa roja
- Barbacoa (Cabeza)
- Chiles rellenos
- Frijoles negros
- Tortillas calientes
For all this food, plus a 15 person van and gas for this huge loop, we only spent $20/person. We're thinking of doing something similar in early fall for the wine country.
It's hard to say what's the best of these. They're all unique. But I did re-affirm that Poncho's has the best al pastor in the metro area that I've tried and as good as any I've had anywhere, really. Plus, the lady there is extremely nice.
There were also mariachis at Su Casa in Hillsboro when we did a quick tour. I'm not sure I ate a single mediocre thing all day. Some things weren't as good for my palate as others. But everything was at least good, with some things excellent, like birria de chivo at Ochoa, the pastor at Poncho's, the guisados, frijoles, and salsas at de Leon, and the carnitas at Salvador's (which wasn't even as good as it normally is).
btw, every one of these places made the tortillas fresh.
Check the link for the original thread on PortlandFood.org.