El Presidente exemplifies a classic Mexican restaurant, with a colorfully decorated dining room, a bar stocked with frosty cervezas, and a menu of authentic dishes. Follow the aroma of sizzling carnitas and roasting peppers into the kitchen, where you'll find chefs whipping up enchiladas, burritos, and Mexican specialties—such as tender steak picado and sweet and spicy chicken mole. They also extend their culinary expertise towards variety of seafood dishes, smothering jumbo shrimp in house-made ranchero sauce and packing burritos with crab, shrimp, and chicken.
Guests await meals at tabletops and booths out in the expansive dining room, where Mexican artwork speckles the walls. Crystal-clear speakers create a festive atmosphere by playing lively tunes in lieu of stuffy muzack or recordings of the word "sorrow" repeated over and over again.
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.
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.