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[PDX] Besitos

extramsg | Aug 7, 200504:59 AM

This is a newish roach coach on NE Sandy, east of 205 just a little further than La Iguana Feliz and Catalina's. They advertise Mexican and Italian and BBQ.

They have a pit out front, plus covered seating. The day I was there, half a dozen or more kids and several moms had them filled.

All the typical Mexican items are on the menu, plus huaraches. Fillings are a little different, though, with choices of mesquite chicken, mesquite pork, carne asada, mesquite vegetables, picadillo, or mole.

Italian dishes include lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and saltimbocca.

They also have BBQ ribs, chicken, and pork. Other items include burgers, hot dogs, mac & cheese, and chicken skewers.

Yep, the menu is all over the place, especially for a trailer. But I was hopeful because of the grilled/smoked meats.

I got 3 tacos and 2 ribs. For the tacos, I ordered one with mole, one with carne asada, and one with pork. The mole is supposedly made by them and it did have a nice flavor, perhaps a little sweet. The meats in the others had a nice smokiness, though they were a touch dry. However, they had some sort of sauce that reminded me of the slightly Italian-dressing like sauces of some Mexican-American restaurants that I grew up with. Would have been better without that. Also, I would get rid of the lettuce and cheese.

The ribs were pretty disappointing. There was much more bone than meat. In fact, there was more sauce than meat. I've never seen less meaty pork ribs. I get more meat from cleaning the bones that my wife leaves. The sauce was decent, smokey, tangy, with a nice depth.

So it was a mixed bag. Their burgers sound good and I might give them a try. I'd try the tacos again but tell them to hold the Italian dressing.

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