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PDX - Lewis & Clark Visit the Taco Wagon...

Marshall Manning | Dec 20, 200406:19 PM

Visited a couple of places on Saturday. First, for lunch, was the taco wagon on SE Division across from Lauro. This used to be Tres Hermanos and is now something like La Michoagan (sp?...sorry, didn't get the business card). Had my usual taco truck fare, a carnitas burrito and was a bit disappointed. The carnitas wasn't crispy at all, and the pork was a bit bland and without any zip to it. While the rice and tortilla were fine, there wasn't much cilantro and onion in the burrito to add spice, and combined with the bland pork, it didn't make much of a flavor impact with me. The burrito was also greasy, especially near the bottom, which became a greasy mess and I had to thrown out the last inch or so. Nowhere near as good as the old Tres Hermanos, and not recommended.

Later that night we visited clarklewis for the first time. We had a good pasta appetizer, with very nice corkscrew noodles with small chunks of beef cheeks in a brown sauce that seemed like a cross between a marsala and bbq sauce. I think it would have been better without the bbq sauce element, which seemed a little sweet and out of place. My entree of pork belly chops was very nice, with a good spicy flavor and the chops were tender and juicy. Carolyn's duck breast and wing was good, but the breast had been overcooked just a bit to where there wasn't much pink left (because of the poor lighting we actually got out a little flashlight to check the color!), yet the wing was hard to eat because it hadn't been cooked enough and was essentially wasted, so the portion seemed a little small. Corkage fee was $15, a little high, but not absurd, and the overall atmosphere was nice, if a little too dark and self-consciously hip for its own good. A good dinner, but our recent trips to Fife, Carafe, Park Kitchen, and Alba Osteria have been better.


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