Out of TownFrancisco Tacqueria
Francisco Tacqueria is a Portland Mexican food cart stationed on the corner of the 3rd and Stark Pod. Decorated with hand painted signage, duct taped menus and unlit Christmas lights, we felt this might be the place for some street tacos.
(Above: Shrimp Fajitas with beans and rice and served with limes, fresh slices of avocado and tortillas.)
After perusing the menu above and the photographed offerings below, Case and I settled on the shrimp fajitas. Served in a divided plastic take out container was a generous amount of gently seasoned shrimp loaded with grilled onions, bell peppers and topped with a remarkably fresh assortments of sliced avocados, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. The rice and beans on the side were nice, but nothing special. The corn tortillas wrapped in foil were soft and steaming hot.
(Top to bottom: 1. Taco Pastor loaded with pulled pork, shredded lettuce, sour cream and cheese. 2 . Mexican grapefruit soda.)
We also had a pastor taco: beautifully flavoured and tender pulled pork topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream and cheese and double wrapped in soft corn tortillas — nicely portioned and unbeatable at $1.50 a pop.
(Above: Ok, might not be five-star facilities, but it’s al fresco.)
Our meal including a grapefruit soda and tip came to a respectable $11. It doesn’t get much cheaper than this, and the food is actually quite good. What might throw some folks off are the decidedly un-five-star like accommodations: rickety bar table and stools cramped under plastic cover between two carts. So unless you need to, grab the goods to go.
Perfect for: awesome tacos… on the run.
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