Location: SE 82nd and Harney, Cartlandia
Hours: daily – 1oam-11pm
I love a simple Mexican taco made with two small tortillas, your choice of meat and a sprinkle of chopped white onion and cilantro. When you can get one for 99c, it’s even tastier. Lonchera Brother Express Mexican has such tacos.
Throughout Portland, we have fifty or more different Mexican trucks or carts. In downtown alone, there are 15 different options for Mexican fare. While many close in serve up traditional tacos and burritos and tortas with options like asada and pollo and chorizo, when you venture out east or west or south, the meat choices expand. Tripa (tripe.) Lengue (toungue.) Cabeza (beef head.) At Lonchera they have Buche – pork stomach. Having never tried it, I ordered one along with asada and chorizo. The chorizo and asada tacos were right on the mark – great flavor and exactly what one would expect. When I took that nervous bite of the buche taco, my fear dissipated quickly when I tasted the sweet fatty meat mixed with the cilantro and onions. It even had a flavor I couldn’t describe that was a bit salty – almost like a soy sauce infusion. I’m not sure if they intended that or if that is indicative of buche. Overall, the taco was enjoyable and I can now check that off on my list of foods I had never tried.
Lonchera Brother Express Mexican is open daily from 10am-11pm and has tacos for 99c. They do have a broad menu including tortas, burritos, sopes and chalupas among other items. Check them out if your in the neighborhood and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
Meat choices include: asada, pollo, carnitas, al pastor, chorizo, tripa, buche, lengua or vegetarian
- Tacos – 99c (normally $1.25)
- Burritos – choice of meat with beans, rice, cheese, onions, cilantro – $5
- Conquistador Burrito – choice of meat, rice, beans, onions, cilantro, cheese, chile rellano – $6
- Vegetarian Burrito – cheese, rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce, onions, cilantro, avocado and tomato – $4
- Quesadillas – $5
- Chalupas – $1.25
- Sopes – $4.50
- Huarache – $5
Hours: daily, 1oam-11pm