Just like meals at home, the chefs at Captain Dillie's Starlite Coach like to mix things up—because who would serve their family the same dinner two days in a row? From their Tiffany-blue truck, they serve up classic blue plate specials, meatball sandwiches, and slabs of homemade lasagna alongside fruit spritzers and banana pudding.
Three generations of kitchen expertise inform the mouth-melting meals at Lorena’s Mexican Restaurant, a new restaurant with no shortage of seafood specials and tender carnitas combos. General manager David Robles calls on the expertise of Mama Robles in classic meals such as the chorizo burrito with huevos, the Chili Colorado with slow-cooked beef and red sauce, and the house’s signature cocktail, the Prickly Pair Margarita. Those in the mood for a light snack might simply pair the complimentary chips with a flight of dips—queso, bean, and guacamole—which allows diners to choose which sauce best matches their shirt.
With two walk-up and drive-thru stands—and one storefront—Frankie's Franks keeps Portland residents' hot dog, burger, and street-food cravings in check. Foot-long Coney Island dogs bask in a heavy dose of chili and cheese, Frankinator meals pair a double cheeseburger with a polish dog and chili fries, and cinnamon and sugar dust lightly buttered elephant ears. Slushies, tacos, and personal pizzas are also available at each location.
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.
Gaberielle Gonzalez has been cooking since she was a child, but she didn't start out with Mexican recipes. Her interest in Mexican cuisine blossomed when she met the man she would marry. His fond recollections of the cuisine in his hometown—Tepic, Nayarit—inspired her to try and re-create those memories for him.
Years later, Gaberielle has mastered the cuisine of the Nayarit region. Inside the Tamale Mama's food truck, she fashions from-scratch tamales and enchiladas while prioritizing local ingredients, including Draper Valley chicken and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork from Tails & Trotters. Sourcing the best catches local fishermen and mermaids, Gaberielle stuffs fresh crab and bay shrimp go into zesty tacos. Grill-sizzled pork chops and citrus chicken round out her south-of-the-border repertoire.
If the batteries for the batteries in your electric thermal galoshes lose their juice, a warm meal is an excellent back-up plan for heating. Today's belly-warming Groupon gets you $35 worth of Northwest–Peruvian meals and libations at del Inti Restaurant in the Alberta Arts District for $15. Put mittens on your stomach with exquisite fare that shines like sunbeams reflecting off fluorescent lightbulbs. Take your significant other for some culinary excitement on Valentine's Day, or bring along your softball coach to sway him into letting you play centerfield using an open oil drum for a glove.