I’ll take a taco with a side of pinata, please||Portland
Word on the street is that the new hot taco joint in Portland is no longer PorQueNo, but a little shop up on the Saint John’s Strip called Panaderia-Santa-Cruz Taqueria-Tienda-Mexicana. Sure, at PorQueNo, one can wash down a five-dollar taco with a pint of margarita, but really, who needs alcohol when you can sip on some thick and pulpy mango nectar? At Bread-Store-Santa-Cruz-Taco-Shop-Mexican-Grocery-Store (for those of you who do not have a way with Spanish), there is certainly more than meets the eye. As you travel through the doors of what seems to be just another corner mart, you might surprisingly have the immediate desire to purchase candy that may or may not contain lead and/or an international calling card. Towards the back of the store, you might suddenly feel the inclination to buy a Sponge BobSquarePants Pinata just for fun. But then you walk through an archway, and the market magically transforms into a sparse, yet quietly festive mexican diner, where tacos are only a dollar and the rice and beans taste good because they contain lard. And lots of it. Here, the Horchata is served in a huge styrofoam cup and sometimes the only other meat option besides chicken is tounge. If you step into Panaderia-Santa-Cruz-Taqueria-Tienda-Mexicana, I promise that you will go back for more tacos, and probably some candy too, cause everything just tastes better with lead.