Since Sanchez Taqueria is a bakery as well as a taco shop, it follows that the tortillas would be the main event. Made from scratch with white corn and grilled fresh throughout the day, they prove worthy bases for seasoned pork, beef, and fish. Don’t forget to pick up some pan dulce, cakes, and cookies for dessert.
Surrounded by bright shades of lime green and rose, La Fogata serves savory Mexican recipes that embody authentic Mayan and Oaxacan flavors as much as Tex-Mex standards. The chefs use made-from-scratch ingredients as much as possible, from the guacamole made regularly in small batches to their library of salsas sorted according to the Dewey decimal system. Patrons can customize massive burritos to their heart’s content or let La Fogata’s cooks pack them with chili rellenos, seafood medleys, or fajitas with vegetables and meats. A combination of mild anchiote sauce, orange juice, lime juice, and spices marinates the Mayan-style grilled pork steak to give it a sweet and spicy touch. In a lounge-esque bar area, visitors toast goblets filled with frosty margaritas and sip pours from a selection of more than two dozen types of tequila. Check La Fogata's Facebook page for menu and specials updates.
Corona Mexican Restaurant treats visitors to a delectable spread of south-of-the-border cuisine, with plates of sizzling steak fajitas, tacos filled with tender chicken and zesty salsa, and seafood dishes made with fresh fish, crab, and shrimp. Diners sink their teeth into vegetarian burritos filled with mushrooms and grilled veggies, or meaty meals of pork carnitas or tacos al pastor. A litany of tasty beverages pairs perfectly with Mexican lunches and dinners, with frosty domestic and international beers on draft, and glasses brimming with tropical margaritas.
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.
Part American diner, part Mexican taqueria, part vegan and vegetarian haven, Bar Carlo refuses to be pigeonholed. American classics like hash plates and burgers share menu space with tropical fish tacos and ranchero-drenched enchiladas. Proteins such as soy chorizo and black-bean burger patties ensure meat-free patrons leave well satisfied.
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.