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Mexican food meca in Woodburn, OR (I-5 near Salem)

netphemera | Jun 30, 200607:57 PM     6

On our way back From Silver Falls SP we passed through a number of picturesque towns but it wasn't until we hit Woodburn that we said "wow!" This little enclave turned out to be home to some of the finest Mexican foods around. We counted at least five Mexican restaurant/bakery/grocery shops, but there were most likely many more.

We selected Salvador's Bakery for our lunch and were extremely pleased with our choice. We got some fabulous Sopes and Chile Relenos, but the highlights were the on-the-spot handmade tortillas and salsa bar. So many great sauces and salsas but the smokey red sauce that was so good I had to pick up a bunch of Chipoltes in an attempt to duplicate it at home. We didn't try the meat (Netphemera's family is veg) but I'm sure any carnivore would be pleased with the offerings. They had a full bakery pastry bar which I found adequate but similar to many other Pandarias.

Salvador's Bakery
405 North First Street
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 982-4513

Across the street might be the real gem. A much smaller restaurant which seemed to specialize in seafood. Since we don't eat seafood we had to skip it but the place was packed, which is always a good sign.

Around the corner from Salvador's you'll find Morenita Tortilla factory. Stop in there and get a package of tostadas, cold tortillas and one package of hot tortillas (for eating right away). While these tortillas are of the machine-made variety, you see the machines making them and with a freshness you can taste. I think they also sell a variety of tacos and other take-out foods, but we didn't get anything else from there.

La Morenita Tortilleria
270 Grant Street
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 982-3959

We also spied a place that had signs saying "Pizza" and "Mexican Products" but I don't think they made any "Mexican Pizza". There was another place that looked very promising but it seemed to be closed at the time we were there.

It's easy to get to. Just a few miles off of the Woodburn exit of I-5. Take the exit and head East (on the West side of the highway is the factory outlet mall). Follow the signs that say "Silver Falls Tour Route".

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