Location: SW 5th and Harrison inside the parking garage.
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime
According to my numbers, Portland has about 20 different Mexican taquerias downtown serving up some of the best tacos and burritos one can find in carts. Loco Locos is one of those carts that has been around for years and has created a loyal customer base while serving up some great tacos.
I was asked the other day when touring the carts – “How do you know the established carts from the new ones?” Well, take Loco Locos as an example and you can see they have been in the same location at 9th and Alder for more than a few years because the cart has flat tires. Last year, they needed to move due to city sidewalk regulations and instead of changing the cart’s location, they modified their counter and awning to accommodate the established tree in front of their cart. How green is that?
I’ve eaten at Loco Locos more than a few times over the years and since they are always good and consistent, I sometimes forget about them. I usually get my crutch food – carnitas or asada tacos – as they are only $1.75 each and two will get me through the day. Also, they are quick. Unlike some carts, you can order and get your food within 5 minutes. Fast!
Loco Locos is open daily for breakfast and lunch and is a Portland institution. They are one of those carts that has a huge menu of items, so when you visit, take it all in, you may see something you hadn’t thought of. Check them out the next time you are waiting in line for another cart in the pod, you may find a new favorite. When you visit, let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[Update Feb 2012, Loco Locos re-opened down by PSU.]
Choice of filling/meat: chicken, asada, carnitas, pastor, shredded beef, ground beef, vegetarian, fajita chicken, fajita beef
- Tacos: flour tortilla or corn tortillas with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and choice of meat – $1.75 or 3 for $5
- Taco Salad: crispy corn tortilla or flour tortilla bowl filled with rice, black or pinto beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico, cheese and your choice of filling – $5.50
- Nacho Chips – $6
- Breakfast burritos – a vast array of options including chorizo, potatoes, egg – ranging from $4.99-5.25
- Breakfast Torta – breakfast sandwich, Mexican style – $5.25
Hours: M-F for Breakfast and Lunch, sometimes open until the late afternoon.
Phone: 503 516 3460