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Not only do Revolucion Coffee House's beans come from Mexico, but its recipes do too. The menu showcases beverages made with piloncillo?an unrefined Mexican sugar?such as caf? de olla, a cinnamon-laced coffee served in a traditional clay pot. Diners can also grab savory snacks, such as pork tamales and stuffed bolillos, or indulge in desserts, including flan and pan dulce.

1432 SW 6th Ave
Portland,
OR
US

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.

632 Southwest Columbia Street
Portland,
OR
US

Fuego Food Carts was inspired by the street-food traditions of South America and Asia, where people can find truly delicious eats parked right on the pavement. The culinary team serves a straightforward menu at seven food carts spread throughout the Portland area. Choose between a burrito or a bowl loaded with either chicken or veggies. Top this with add-ons such as sour cream, guacamole, cheese, and a choice of hot sauce?tapatio, sweet chili, habanero, or chipotle?and lunch is served.

SW Market St & 2nd Ave
Portland,
OR
US

In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."

1923 SW 6th Ave
Portland,
OR
US

Cuisine Type: Casual Cuban

Most popular offering: Cuban sandwich

Reservations: Not offered

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2013

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Ask for extra mojo on the side to dip your sandwich in. It's amazing.

Q&A with the Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our menu is small, simple, casual and Cuban. The bowls, plates, and sandwiches offer a combination of foods that you would eat at your home in Cuba. Rice, black beans, a meat, tropical fruits, and plantains are staples in any house in Cuba. The food isn't fancy or complicated in Cuba, but holds an array of flavor combinations such as citrus, garlic, and bay, and that is what our menu re-creates here in the PNW.

Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?

Much of our menu is inspired by I grew up eating in Havana, Cuba. It varies from Miami-style dishes, and is, of course, somewhat different due to the ingredients available and some creative improvements.

What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

We love it when people who grew up in Cuba come in and tell us that our food tastes just like what they ate at home in Cuba. One person even said that our beans were better than his mama's. Another regular customer went to Miami, came back and said, "You ruined my trip to Miami. Your food is so much better than what I ate when I was there that I was disappointed the whole time."

SW Alder St & Sw 10th Ave
Portland,
OR
US

Take a table at Saucebox in Portland and look forward to your next meal. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Saucebox's menu does not offer low-fat options. With Saucebox's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Saucebox — just right for large and merry gatherings. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Saucebox's al fresco patio seating.

Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Saucebox also offers catering. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.

Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.

You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Saucebox, so plan your budget accordingly.

214 SW Broadway
Portland,
OR
US