Nuestra Mesa fills a sumptuous menu with fresh ingredients, including meat from local farms, wild-caught fish, and organic ingredients whenever possible. Whether lunching or dinnering, starters such as a salad of seasonal greens dotted with dried cherries, pepitas, queso fresco, and Serrano vinaigrette ($4 for side, $8 for entree) or fresh chips and guacamole ($3) are ideal for teasing tongues before the main mouth event. Bask in culinary comfort as fresh corn tortillas wrap up grilled chili-rubbed chicken tacos ($3) and slow-roasted pork-belly tacos ($3.50), and tender torta de tinga, a mix of slow-cooked pork shoulder, frijoles charros, and queso fresco, snuggles into a hearty bread bed ($5.50).
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.
Fueled by an insatiable fan base built selling tamales at bazaars and markets, the Tamale Factory has evolved into a takeout shop that’s “unlike anything else in the area,” according to The Oregonian.
Each handmade tamale begins with corn flour dough that is filled with beef and pork as well as vegetarian-friendly ingredients such as jalapenos and cheese, which are cooked in vegetable oil instead of lard. After adding mild red or green chile sauce, each tamale is wrapped in a corn husk before slow-cooking it in a steaming pot. For customers who can resist digging in on the spot, Tamale Factory's instructions explain how to reheat your tamales in a microwave, steaming basket, or witch’s cauldron.
Dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere that is energetic and amiable, Lindo Mexico Restaurant and Cantina boasts festivities every night of the week. As patrons munch on lauded fajitas paired with drinks and specials from the bar, singers storm the stage for karaoke Sunday through Tuesday, bearing their souls before feeding them with combination platters, burritos, and the restaurant’s popular fajitas. During the rest of the week, FunkShop DJs deliver jams and body-shaking beats, inducing mad dancing in those not currently performing fork-jives. Fueling the lively atmosphere is the flavorful work of the bartenders, who mix nine varieties of margaritas along with beers, wines, and top-shelf tequilas.
El Valle Mexican Restaurant's menu indulges taste buds with savory Mexican dishes that arrive tableside in huge portions and margaritas made in-house. Spoons scoop up the pork pozole soup's tender pork in a green tomatillo sauce, and forks pierce chilies rellenos, made fresh daily, or the chimichanga costera, which overflows with shrimp, scallops, and gooey cheese sauce. Traditional carne asada vies for attention with crab enchiladas, and meals conclude with bites of creamy cheesecake enclosed in deep-fried flour tortillas.
Wake up to breakfast and weekend-brunch house specialties, including a homemade granola served with fruit and yogurt, milk, or soymilk ($6.50), or a fluffy rack of silver-dollar buttermilk pancakes ($4.50). The pesto scramble ($9) fries up a garden full of growables (zucchini, tomato, roasted red pepper, and onion) with parmesan for a decadently delicious vegetarian dish. Moderately priced, traditional tastes dominate the afternoon and evening menu like a black bear in a hot-dog-eating contest. Snag the Burger Di Carlo ($7, or $8 for a black-bean burger), the B.L.A.T (a B.L.T. plus avocado, $8.50), or the spinach salad ($9), among other options. Pair eats with liquid accompaniment in the form of beer, wine, cocktails, or a variety of non-alcoholic sips.