Surrounded by bright shades of lime green and rose, La Fogata serves savory Mexican recipes that embody authentic Mayan and Oaxacan flavors as much as Tex-Mex standards. The chefs use made-from-scratch ingredients as much as possible, from the guacamole made regularly in small batches to their library of salsas sorted according to the Dewey decimal system. Patrons can customize massive burritos to their heart’s content or let La Fogata’s cooks pack them with chili rellenos, seafood medleys, or fajitas with vegetables and meats. A combination of mild anchiote sauce, orange juice, lime juice, and spices marinates the Mayan-style grilled pork steak to give it a sweet and spicy touch. In a lounge-esque bar area, visitors toast goblets filled with frosty margaritas and sip pours from a selection of more than two dozen types of tequila. Check La Fogata's Facebook page for menu and specials updates.
Hidden amongst Hillsboro's office parks and strip malls, Amelia's Restaurant crops up as a colorful mirage?a mirage with very real, very delicious Mexican food. The family-run gem specializes in rustic Mexican cuisine, its food an edible link to the family's culture and past generations.?
Guests learn this almost immediately, since fresh, homemade tortillas and salsa await them when they sit down. From there, they can browse a menu anchored by the restaurant's famous mole dishes. The mole verde, for instance, brandishes a distinct green color thanks to its assortment of herbs, seeds, and spices,?though unfortunately, eating it will not turn you into the Hulk. Early risers can also feast on Amelia's breakfasts, such as the huevos motulenos, which features multiple layers of beans, tortillas, eggs, and ham.
Realistic murals grace the walls at Pepper's Mexican Grill, but the real show-stopper is the food. The kitchen staff prepares everything from burritos, tamales, and tacos to tortas, mole, and carnitas. If you can't decide what to order, try the Cowboy Combo, which blankets a half rack of smoked ribs and a chicken breast with peppers, bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce.
Visitors at Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon can order tacos on housemade tortillas to eat in the store, or they can browse aisles of groceries to make authentic Mexican meals at home. Its display cases brim with “colorful Mexican sweet buns” available for carryout, according to OregonLive. In the grocery section, butchers cut fresh slabs of meat at the meat counter, and an assortment of fresh produce eliminates the need to make salad with leaves from a neighbor’s oak tree.
Part American diner, part Mexican taqueria, part vegan and vegetarian haven, Bar Carlo refuses to be pigeonholed. American classics like hash plates and burgers share menu space with tropical fish tacos and ranchero-drenched enchiladas. Proteins such as soy chorizo and black-bean burger patties ensure meat-free patrons leave well satisfied.
The chefs at Emily's Teriyaki & Pho seduce taste buds with a Japanese and Vietnamese-inspired menu prepared fresh daily with homemade sauces. Like most houses, teriyaki dishes can be built up from a base of noodles or rice and topped with meat, tofu, veggies, and sauces ($6.99+). Give noodle soups ($6.49+) a flavorful center with beef such as round-eye steak and well-done beef brisket, or sink teeth into specials such as korean barbecue rib ($7.99). Wash down comestibles with a Vietnamese–style iced coffee ($3–$3.79), an 8-ounce chocolate milk ($1.99), or a libation from the full bar.