Stopped for lunch this weekend at La Herradura, a tacqueria on the edge of downtown Gresham and I was very impressed. It's in a strip mall on Division/Hwy 26 East. I did not see any horseshoes there.
We had a carnitas tamale, an asada torta, two tacos al pastor, a fish taco, and a round of horchatas. The tamale was larger than usual, the breadth of four fingers instead of two. Its texture was light and a bit crumbly, but it held together well, and I prefer that to the gut-bomb, overly dense, too-much-lard versions.
The al pastor and the fish tacos were the standouts. The al pastor had that right combination of pineapple sweet, tomato-y, porky, heat of the chile goodness, with the astringency of the onion and clean green taste of the cilantro to round it out. Very, very good. The tortillas were machine made (ah, well) but freshly griddled and soft.
The fish taco was enormous, and although the fried fish pieces only rated good, the perfectly ripe avocado slices, crisp cabbage, and not-too-runny crema sauce really raised the dish to excellent status.
The torta was notable for the fresh bread, and although the asada and other fillings were good quality, I would have been better off with another one of those tacos.
Service was friendly, and in Spanish, though I heard her using English with other customers. The place was clean and sunny, if hard by Hwy 26 East. They were advertising "barbacoa de borrego" as a Sunday special, and unfortunately I had forgotten that borrego means lamb, otherwise I might have tried that. Shucks. Next time. Since it's on the way to Mount Hood and Sandy, it will definitely be on the list of places to stop.
La Herradura Mexican
90 Northeast Division St, Gresham, OR 97030