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[PDX] Taqueria Michoacan in Vancouver

Nick | Jan 10, 200411:41 PM     3

I thought someone here recommended this place to me, but I couldn't find the recommendation. Thanks to whoever did.

Went here tonight with my wife after trying Taqueria Aguilera down the road a bit. That was a mistake. Second time there (Aguilera) and both times were disappointing. Dry meats and mediocre flavor.

However, Michoacan was a very pleasant experience. Get ready for meats dripping with grease but full of flavor. The carnitas are very crispy, a little dry, but flavorful. The al pastor is in the diced marinated meat variety that's quite flavorful as well. But the best thing, surprisingly, was the pollo. Some of the best chicken I've had at a taqueria. Nice and tender without being mush and extremely flavorful. Most of the tacos are $1.25.

The sopes are very good, with a flavorful masa and good beans. Good sized for $2.

The best surprise was one of the specials up on the wall, tamales de elote, fresh corn tamales. No meat or anything, just unfilled tamales of fresh corn masa wrapped in fresh corn husks. Fantastic! Served with a little crema it needed nothing else. I don't think I've seen these anywhere else.

There were lots of other specials on the wall, some of which I wasn't familiar with. They also have a lot of combo platters with beans and rice that are really cheap, almost all under $5. They also have many of the standard soups like pozole and birria.

This and Poncho's al Pastor are only about a mile or less from each other on 4th Plain and anytime they're both open, I'd hit either, because each is excellent with slightly different strengths.

Michoacan is also connected to a tienda/panaderia that also has some prepared foods, such as carnitas, tamales, chicharrones, and guisados.

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