Mr. Taco

Food Carts Portland
Mr. Taco

Mr. Taco

Location: SW 5th and Oak


Mr. Taco. Shouldn’t it be Senor Taco? Mr. Taco is one of two taco/burrito carts at the lot on SW 5th Avenue between Stark and Oak. Always a crowd out front, I decided to try them this week, even with the horrible weather. Luckily they have an awning so I could hang out and be less wet while I ate my lunch.

Mr. Taco serves up the traditional taqueria menu – tacos, burritos, tortas, fajitas, enchiladas and the like. You can get your choice of steak, chicken, carnitas, shredded beef, ground beef, pastor, machaca, chorizo, shrimp or vegetarian.  They even offer up breakfast with your choice of 17 different breakfast burritos.

Torta from Mr. Taco

Torta from Mr. Taco

Earlier in the week, I was introduced to the Torta, a mexican sandwich which is like a burrito, but on a bun. It being my new favorite Mexican food, I ordered one up. While I stood there awaiting my torta, I watched as they built another customer’s burrito directly on the grill. I didn’t realize they made tortillas 24″ round. Not really, but when they finished rolling up all the goodies, I swear that burrito was the size of a tree trunk. My torta came next and I was glad to see it prepared with such care. I enjoy the torta because it is a sandwich. Unlike a burrito, there isn’t a way all the beans and goodies can spurt out the bottom. As a sandwich, it all stays together while you eat it. At least that is how I think about it. I enjoyed the carnitas along with the big chunks of avacado. I threw on some hot sauce and it made my rainy day.

Mr. Taco opens up early to serve up breakfast and stays open until late afternoon for you late lunchers. If you’re hungry, they will feed you and their prices are reasonable. If you do visit, enjoy your food and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Mr. Taco was originally listed in August of 2007 by Cuisine Bonne Femme. This post was updated with description, menu and hours by Dieselboi in December 2009]

Sample Menu:

  • Choice of meats – steak, chicken, carnitas, shredded beef, ground beef, pastor, machaca, chorizo or shrimp
  • Crisp Tacos – $1.50
  • Flour tortilla taco – $1.75
  • Corn tortilla taco – $175
  • Enchilada Burrito – rice, beans, enchilada sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream – $6
  • Fajitas – beef or chicken; rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo cheese – $6
  • Big Nachos – chips, cheese, meat, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo $6
  • Torta – sandwich with meat, rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, avocado, cheese – $6
  • Shrimp plate – shrimp served with peppers and onions, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese – $6
  • Breakfast Burritos-  between $3.50 and $5 – so many choices including eggs, ham, spinach, chorizo, potatoes, sausage – almost anything you want

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-2pm
Phone: 503 935 4321 (available for orders to go




  1. At this years Cinco de Mayo Fest on the waterfront I took it upon myself to find the best taco of the fest. Daunting, laborous, sweaty and intense, but I was nothing if not determined.

    Mr Taco won hands down. Excelent meat (I liked the pork over the chicken or the beef) served on a fresh, hot tortilla with onions and cilantro if you want it. They have 4 or 5 sauces to choose from if you so desire. I like the runny green stuff best.

    Best. Taco. Ever.

  2. Lori Ann says

    This place is fantastic. I’ve been going there for years, they are really sweet and make very tasty food.

  3. Garrick Arnold says

    Hey Food Carters!

    Appreciate the excellent work and reviews you provide. Researching the food stand biz but having trouble finding info on the financial aspects of the food stand business like opening costs, revenues, rents etc.. Any idea where I can find that kind of info?

    Any help appreciated!

  4. Hi Garrick,

    Honestly no. I was going to write something about it, but soon realized the research would be incredibly time consuming.

    The standard restaurant price model generally applies to carts = equipment, labor, capital, food and other operating costs, profit/cost margin. There is no single magic place to get this info.

    Your best bet is to take the standard food biz model and apply it to carts – those are pretty easily available in basic business books. Carts can range from 5k to 100K. Rents can range from trade to $700 a month, with additions such as electrical, water dump fees, garbage or not. It really just depends on what kind of cart, where they are located, who the landlord is, etc.

    Sorry, an answer that isn’t really and answer, but not a lot of research yet on this stuff. You’re a trailblazer!

  5. I used to go to Mr. Taco when I worked downtown and before they upgraded their cart. They had a lot less business than the other carts, and I chose to go there because the menu looked more “authentic” (some English grammar mistakes). It is still my favorite cart. If you get to know the owner, she is very friendly and will chat with you if she’s not busy.

    And yes, their tacos are the best I’ve ever had.

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