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[PDX] Tortilleria y Tienda (Gresham) Report....

Nick | Mar 19, 200301:26 AM

Somewhere on this message board someone had mentioned this place. Thank goodness I committed it to memory because I can't find the thread now. Anyway, they mentioned a place that they heard had awesome Mexican somwhere around 163rd and Glisan.

Well, this is the only place it could be. It's on the corner of 162nd and Glisan in the back of a place aptly named Tortilleria y Tienda, because that's what it is.

You walk in to the smell of fresh tortillas being made. In the back left of the store is a deli counter with a variety of meats stewed in sauces in the display, chicharron and other fried delicacies to the right of the display. A variety of salsas next to the caja on the left.

It's some darned good stuff. Tacos were $2 with choice of meat. They're very large taqueria style tacos. Twice the size of a place like El Grillo. And the meat choices are excellent. They also have things like sopes with choice of meat. That's what I had, a taco de carnitas and a sope de carne de res con nopalitos (beef with nopal cactus). Both were very good and very flavorful. I also had a tamal. It was only a buck and tasty as well. They had homemade orchata, tamarindo, and limonada. I chose the latter. Quite refreshing.

The choice of meats is more interesting than most places. They listed both a mole and birria but either were out or didn't have it that day. I know a lot of places only do those kinds of specialties on weekends. My Spanish just gets me by and its a little noisy from the tortilleria. Speaking in Spanglish back and forth with the noise wasn't that successful. However, they did have a stewed chicharron, barbacoa, adobado, pollo, a couple beef options, and others. They all looked like good eats.

They had a wider variety of salsas (and gave out free chips with your order) than most places. Some were good, some either weren't good or just didn't cut it for me. But there were probably 6 or so, so one or two that suck is not a big loss.

Overall, it's a very good place for street style Mexican. And if you live out east, you have a place closer than Woodburn for fresh tortillas (they also carry pan dulces, a good variety of jumex and other tropical juices and sodas, and a range of Mexican groceries).

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