Keep your moustache properly curled through the power of international spices and soul-warming dishes. Today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of mouth-kicking cuisine at Salvador Molly’s for $15. Molly’s preaches “food without borders,” and its flexible passports have secured inspiration from Ethiopia, Hawaii, Thailand, New Orleans, and Argentina, and adoration from people all over the Internet.
Salvador Molly’s dinner menu features the famous Great Balls of Fire habanera cheese fritters whose successful saucy consummation earns you a place on the wall of flame ($7.95). The Indonesian Tahu tofu “fries” go nicely with the accompanying peanut ginger sauce ($5.25), and the curry dahl with sweet potato soup will warm any winter belly ($3 cup, $5 bowl). The volcano sammich marries bubbly cheese with smoked shredded pork ($9.25), and the Barbados mac pie kicks up mac ‘n’ cheese to spicy regions in a conversation-inspiring banana leaf ($9.75).
While Salvador Molly’s is the undisputed champ of spicy-hot, it has a sweet side for mouths that just want a tasty cuddling. The African injera platter puts beef or tofu stewed in an Ethiopian Bere-Bere sauce over injera bread for $13.95, alongside a host of other robust and mild recipes. There's a well-conceived kid’s menu, to boot.
Note: Salvador Molly’s does not take reservations.
- Salvador Molly's has the best food in the entire metro area. Period. – HabaneroMan, Citysearch
- Have you ever travelled to a tropical paradise? This is the closest you will get to the Caribbean or Cuba. – friendofpdxdining, Citysearch
- This was the best combination of world food combined to set the pallet on fire. Delicious, tasty, different – Bill, Urbanspoon
What Are You in the Mood For?
Picking what type of food you are in the mood for is one of the hardest decisions we make every day. Here’s a quick guide:
- If you crave rich Italian tomato sauces, Italian bread, and Italian pasta sauce, you’re in the mood to eat lunch.
- If you crave customizable fun for all ages, you’re in the mood to eat legos.
- If you crave pungent artificial blueberries, you’re in the mood for smelly markers.
- If you crave dense brown breads and beer, you are an extra on the British TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo!
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Salvador Molly's staff emulates legendary namesake Captain Salvador by pillaging culinary treasures from Ethiopia, Hawaii, Thailand, New Orleans, and Jamaica and gathering them together in an eatery that grew from humble beginnings as a hot-tamale cart. Frequent food challenges, the proceeds of which help low-income Oregon families foot heating bills, revolve around consumption of the menu's signature Great Balls of Fire fritters–spicy spheres featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food. Patrons who demolish all five habanero-cheese fritters with all the accompanying sauce get their picture added to the Hall of Flame and move onto the subsequent challenge of making out with a bonfire. Other far-flung entrees, such as the Hawaiian-inspired Tiki Mac with cheesy sweet potatoes, the Bayou Crunch catfish, and Molly's hot tamales, stuffed with yucatan chicken and cotija cheese, mirror the interior's exotic décor.
Photos of foreign locales crowd Salvador Molly's walls, surrounding colorful baubles that illuminate tables embellished with painted flames and vibrant cocktails. A wall dedicated to Africa flaunts a mural depicting desert terrain, stationed caddy-corner to African artifacts including a wooden mask. On Monday, diners feast upon culture by projecting two featured films directly into their mouths.