El Gallo Taqueria

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El Gallo Taqueria

El Gallo Taqueria

Now a Restaurant

Location: SE 48th and Woodstock (parking lot of The Joinery)

Description:

El Gallo Taqueria is the latest taco and burrito cart to come to the sprawling neighborhood of SE Portland. Located down off SE 48th and Woodstock in the Woodstock neighborhood, Jake Brown, the owner, is offering up rustic Mexican cuisine while sourcing his ingredients locally.

Tacos from El Gallo Taqueria

Tacos from El Gallo Taqueria

I am a sucker for tacos and whenever I visit a new cart, tacos are my barometer. If you can make a good taco, you probably do everything else pretty well also. I ordered up one each chorizo, carnitas and fish. El Gallo espouses that they make everything from scratch, so I wasn’t surprised that the tortillas were different than what I normally get. They were larger and had that fresh flavor you get from corn tortillas made by hand. So great! Of the three, I enjoyed them all equally, but would order the chorizo again. I realize just how much I love this spicy Mexican sausage and how El Gallo prepared it with chopped onions and cilantro made it pop.

Tostada from El Gallo Taqueria

Tostada from El Gallo Taqueria

The other dish we ordered was the signature dish – the Nevada Tostada – fry bread topped with beans, cabbage, pickled onions, pic de gallo, cotija, citrus sour cream. A great combination of flavors. The citrus sour cream gave the entire dish a mild citrus flavor that we loved. Mix that with the beans and onions and cilantro and it turned out to be a great meal. We had it vegetarian, but Jake does offer it with your choice of meat. El Gallo does offer some hot sauces. I had to try the “melt yer face” habanero sauce – true to the name, it was pretty darn spicy…but flavorful. A great accent to these dishes.

Jake Brown has a good thing going here in Woodstock being the only cart in the area. When we arrived, he regretfully informed us that he was out of some items because of such a busy lunch. As we were leaving, a line was forming of 5-7 people at 3:30pm. I love when a neighborhood supports the carts. When you are down in the SE, swing on down to the Woodstock neighborhood and say hi to Jake and his El Gallo Taqueria and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Tacos – choice of asada, carnitas, chorizo, pollo, vegetarian, or fish – $2
  • Nevada Tostada – described above – $7.50
  • Breakfast burrito – chorizo, eggs, potatoes, pepper jack cheese, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, cilanto and onions wrapped in a tortilla – $6.50
  • Burrito de Gallo – choice of meat, beans, cabbage, pepper jack cheese, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, cilantro and onions in a tortilla – $6

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-7pm
Phone: 503 481 7537
Website: ElGalloPDX.com
Facebook:
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Las Cazuelas Taqueria

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Las Casuelas

Las Cazuelas

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Location: NE 14th and Alberta

Description:

Saturday, after some wonderful estate sales on the east side of Portland, we were on our way back home with the siren song of food cart lunch pulled us up to NE Alberta. Some of the carts were closed or very crowded, so we continued west when we saw this new taqueria and thought we would give it a try. Las Cazuelas was a great choice for a sunny autumn Saturday.

A traditional Mexcian taqueria, Las Cazuelas serves up tacos, burritos, totas, nachos, enchiladas and nachos. A young very polite boy took our order and even brought us our food when it was finished. Love that kind of service. I ordered one each of a carnitas, pastor and asada tacos while my wife ordered up the vegetarian burrito.

Tacos from Las Cazuelas

Tacos from Las Cazuelas

The tacos were great. For $1 each, they were some of the better tacos I have had from the food trucks and I’ve been to many. Both the pastor and carnitas were just the right flavor, spice and tenderness to make your mouth water and the asada top notch. For $1, I was kicking myself for not getting more, but these three sated me perfectly. With a little diced onion and cilantro thrown in, you didn’t need the hot sauce to add flavor, the tacos spoke for themselves.

Vegitarian Burrito from Las Cazuelas Taqueria

Vegitarian Burrito from Las Cazuelas Taqueria

I didn’t try a bite of the vegetarian burrito, but I understand it was excellent. A mixture of tomato, corn, peppers, onions, carrots, beans and rice, I kept hearing great comments about it from the eater who is a burrito aficionado.

Las Cazuelas is located on NE Alberta St. between 14th and 15th tucked away next to an auto repair shop. Great Mexican food for a great price. Check ’em out next time you’re up that way and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Tacos – Asada; Pastor; Pollo or Carnitas – $1
  • Burritos – Asada; Pastor; Pollo or Carnitas – $4
  • Tortas – Asada; Pastor; Pollo or Carnitas – $5
  • Vegetarian Burrito or Tamale – $4

Hours: unknown, but open Saturdays
Contact: unknown

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Cora Y Huichol Taqueria

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Cora Y Huchol

Cora Y Huichol

Location: SE 82nd at Holgate and SE Division around 123rd

Description:

I grew up in rural SE Portland out by Powell Butte, so venture in that direction every so often to visit family. When I do, I try to take a circuitous route traveling down those streets I haven’t been down since I was a child. Earlier this fall, it was SE Holgate. As we crossed 82nd, I eyed this cart in the lot of the corner market and decided to check it out.

Cora Y Huichol is a Mexican Taqueria truck offering up an extensive menu of Mexican favorites, including many seafood and vegetarian options. When we were there at around noon on a Saturday, they were doing brisk business, telling me that this was a favorite among the many taco trucks that line 82nd blvd.

I have been to Cora Y Huichol twice now. On the first visit, I tried the carnitas burrito. I love carnitas. Who doesn’t love braised spiced pork served up with beans and rice, a little guacamole and some spicy peppers. This wasn’t your traditional giant burrito which makes you wish you hadn’t finished it. The size was perfect for the price and I was sated, albeit my mouth was burning from putting on a bit to much hot sauce.  On my second visit, I chose tacos. I normally get tacos to gauge a new taco truck, so had to try theirs. I am use to paying $1.50 a taco, so was happy to see that out in SE, they are only $1.25. Woohooo, saving some money!  Cora Y Huichol didn’t disappoint. You can get tacos served with your choice of meats from carnitas to asada to chorizo and even lengua (beef tongue.) You can also get it vegetarian. I picked out three different meats and chowed down.

Tacos

Tacos

If you are out and about in SouthEast Portland, check out some of the taco trucks out there. Cora Y Huichol is one of many who offer up excellent Mexican food at a great price. The Portland Mercury just finished a story on Taco Trucks to give you an idea of what others like. If you go, grab a lengua taco and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Choices of meat: asada (steak), adobada (BBQ pork), pollo (chicken), carnitas (pork), lengua (beef tongue), cabeza (beef cheek), chorizo (Mexican sausage) and others.
  • Tacos – $1.25 each
  • Quesadillas – $4.49
  • Burritos – $4.49
  • Totas – $4.99
  • Tostadas – $2.99 each
  • Numerous Marisco (seafood) options ranging from ceviche at $2.99 to Camarones ahogados (shrimp in lemon and spices) for $11.99
  • Vegetarian options available

Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Phone/Contact:
503 995 6606

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