Restaurants & Bars

PDX: El Pato Feliz

purefog | Feb 4, 200807:09 AM

Though it has had one mention in the distant past, I want to give a shout-out to El Pato Feliz., though I have not fully explored its menu yet. I was wandering around on Stupor Bowl Sunday craving a bowl of posole, and I got its name from the Hispanic boyfriend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend. It's at 5824 S.E. 92nd, just a block north of Foster on the east side of the street. The first thing you should know about it is its hours: 10 AM - 11 PM seven days a week. The second is that it has a freezer case full of a wide variety of fresh Michoacan popsicles, one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I had the posole. (The place serves both posole and menudo every day, instead of the oft-encountered "Saturday-Sunday only" approach of many establishments.) The posole was just what I wanted -- a huge bowl (think pho) of animal parts and hominy in a sabroso broth. Mmmmm. Other people in the restaurant had what looked to be very nice, fat, meat-filled burritos. Though probably not made on the premises, the tortillas were hand-made, or at least, not factory-made, somewhere. I will surely be back. I have been looking for a good Mexican hole-in-the-wall this side of Woodburn since the inexplicable disappearance of Iguana Feliz a couple of years ago, and this one is much closer to home.

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