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.
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.
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.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Santa Fe offers brunch, during which you can satisfy your hunger with a breakfast burrito ($7.25), huevos rancheros ($7), or the mighty “breakfast is served,” with eggs, chorizo, beans, and potatoes ($7.75). Sample brunch drinkables, such as the picosa bloody Mary ($5) or the salty dog with vodka and fresh-squeezed grapefruit ($6). The lunch menu offers everything from burritos ($3.95–$8.50) and quesadillas ($1.50–$6.60) to tiger-prawn ceviche ($5) and loaded veggie nachos ($8). Fill up on the grilled fajita dinner with seasoned chicken, guacamole, and pico ($9.50) or the fish burrito with grilled mahi mahi, rice, lettuce, cabbage, guacamole, and pico ($8.25).
San Diego Taco Company’s mealsmiths conjure the authentic flavors of Southern California's Mexican cuisine and infuse them into savory dishes that beckon hungry stomachs from a mouthwatering menu of Baja-style eats. A horde of burritos, such as the hearty shrimp ($7.99), or the marinated pollo adobado ($6.49), model fashionably delicious tortillas with savory grace and style. Flavor-packed chicken, beef, pork, veggie, or seafood tacos ($2.59–$4.99) can be delivered to mouths via soft or crispy tortillas or miniature catapult. Tortas, such as the al pastor ($6.59), trap sandwich parts safely between slices of bread, and salads, such as the pepita caesar with carne asada ($7.49) unite rival factions of meat and greens in peaceful mealtime bliss
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