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The Best Spots for Taco Tuesday (and Tequila) in Portland

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Tacos and tequila are a natural pairing that need no special occasion — or even special day of the week — to enjoy. Sure, Tuesday gets all the attention, thanks to the popular alliterative phrase, but you won’t go wrong with filled tortillas and margaritas any time the mood strikes. Here are eight restaurants spanning all quadrants of Portland where anyone looking to celebrate big or small moments can get their Mexican food and drink fix.

And if you need another reason to make it a Taco Tuesday, we have even more incentive for you: exclusive Tequila Cazadores cocktails at some of your favorite local haunts. Keep reading to find which of your favorite bars and restaurants are serving up specials this summer to commemorate Taco Tuesday...or Wednesday or Thursday, in PDX.

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1. Carlita's

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1101 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 352-6991
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Bar-centric Carlita’s is a relative newcomer to the Pearl District. With promos like Monday Margarita Madness where pre-batched bottled margaritas are available, and a monthly margarita special — most recently, guava was featured — Carlita’s undeniably has a drinks focus. That’s not to say that food is an afterthought though. Of course, they serve tacos, many with a local Pacific Northwest bent. Standouts include blackened Pacific salmon with arugula and chipotle crema and the Carlton Farm’s pork belly that’s smoked and cider-and-chile-cured and served with an apple fennel cabbage slaw and cilantro crème fraîche.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The El Dorado

Fragrant with just a touch of sweetness, the El Dorado cocktail is a blend of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, simple syrup, orchard pear syrup, and rosemary syrup. This cocktail adds just the right amount of class to your weeknight drinks date.

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2. The Matador

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1438 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 228-2855
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The Matador, a Northwest chainlet with eastside and westside locations, has a full and varied menu. There are classic small street tacos and the Tex-Mex fave, fajitas. The restaurant also specializes in tequila and offers more than 150 varieties. For purists, they serve tequila flights to sample the differences among blanco, reposado, and añejo styles. If you want to go deep, get a familia flight: You’ll taste different styles side by side of your brand of choice, like Tequila Cazadores.

3. Verde Cocina en la Perla

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524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 894-9321
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If an outsider were to imagine Mexican food in Portland, Verde Cocina might be what comes to mind: local, seasonal, Mexican-ish, covering all dietary bases with gluten-free, paleo, and vegan choices. That translates to organic brown rice bowls topped with local Ota family tofu, salsa, and grilled vegetables, and the Nor’wester: sustainable salmon served atop locally grown quinoa, black beans, and topped with pico de gallo, cucumber, and a nondairy poblano-coconut dressing. The food may be proud-and-loud healthy, but that doesn’t preclude cocktails from being well-crafted. There’s an añejo Old Fashioned and a brunchy Bloody Maria with a chile salted rim that’s garnished with Oaxaca cheese and pickled vegetables.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: La Generala

Warning: You may want to immediately book your next beach vacation after a sip of this cocktail. Made with Tequila Cazadores Reposado, elderflower liqueur, and fresh guava and mango juices, this cocktail is a tropical vacation in and of itself — perfect for summer nights.

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4. Uno Mas Taquiza

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1914 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 719-4768
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The Pacific Northwest is not exactly breakfast taco territory (that honor belongs to the state of Texas), which is why it was big news when Uno Mas Taquiza started doing flour tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs and chorizo or spinach and mushrooms at the Westside location on weekends. Uno Mas Taquiza’s other claim to fame is de canasta tacos (a.k.a. “basket tacos”) that are served steamed with simple fillings like potatoes and green salsa or Mexican cheese in a red chile sauce. These specialties also call for an equally unexpected cocktail like El Diablo, a sweet-spicy mix of tequila — it’s best with Cazadores Reposado — and black currant, cayenne, lime, and ginger beer.

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5. Salvador Molly's

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1523 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 293-1790
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With tamale cart origins, Salvador Molly’s evolved into a full-fledged restaurant in Southwest Portland. The bright color scheme, decorative umbrellas, surfboard, and mounted flying fish hint at the tropics, but the menu is globe-trotting and borrows loosely from Latin America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and even India. Fittingly, it serves fish tacos with the requisite cabbage and crema toppings, as well as Korean bulgogi beef tacos. Drink choices also lean cross-cultural with concoctions like the Mojarita, a mojito-margarita hybrid available by the pint, pitcher, or fishbowl. But you can’t go wrong with the Big Daddy Caddy, Molly’s top-shelf margarita made with 100% agave tequila — ask for Tequila Cazadores Reposado — and house-made sweet & sour mix, topped with Grand Marnier and a splash of fresh orange juice.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Diablita
It’s spicy, it’s sweet, fruity — what more could you want in a cocktail? With muddled orange, cilantro, and passionfruit puree, the Diablita is topped with Tequila Cazadores Reposado and garnished with a jalepeno wheel and a Salvador Molly’s Aji Amarillo Lime Salt rim.

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6. Nayar Taqueria

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3734, 5919 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 888-4897
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Nayar is a no-frills, counter-service taqueria with sidewalk picnic tables in the up-and-coming Foster-Powell neighborhood. The menu sticks to crowd-pleasers like fruity margaritas, quesadillas, and chicken and carne asada tacos — no wild seasonal or local flourishes here — but no one’s going to call the authenticity police if you order a hard-shell taco filled with ground beef, grated cheddar, and shredded lettuce. Order the Cadillac Margarita with Tequila Cazadores Blanco tequila to wash it all down.

7. Taqueria Nueve

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727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-1987
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This inner Southeast mainstay with the avocado green facade manages to straddle the line between creative and authentic. Despite taqueria being in the name, the full-service restaurant also offers larger entrees like grilled skirt steak, Oaxacan-style mole, and an array of seafood like octopus cocktail and ceviche. Don’t skip the tacos with fillings ranging from boar carnitas to seasonal Alaskan cod. Lest you forget this is Portland, the pork in the cochinita pibil and the beef used for carne asada, lengua, and suadero all have their producer name-checked, plus it goes without saying that vegan-friendly fillings are available too. Show up on Tuesday or any other day between 4 and 6 p.m. and select tacos are $3. Try pairing them with a refreshing Pepino Margarita (chile-infused tequila, fresh lime, and house-made cucumber syrup) or a shot of Tequila Cazadores Reposado, available in 1- or 2-ounce pours.

8. Mi Mero Mole

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32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 266-8575
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You may be familiar with spit-roasted al pastor or char-grilled carne asada, but give stewed guisados a chance. This style of taco that’s popular in Mexico City is the specialty of this Pearl District restaurant and includes saucy albóndigas (meatballs stuffed with hard-boiled egg), shredded chicken tinga, and butternut squash in a dark mole poblano. In honor of Taco Tuesday, Mi Mero Mole offers all you can eat tacos for $14.75. If you have margarita fatigue, order some creative house cocktails like the El Chingroni (Tequila Cazadores Blanco, sweet vermouth, and Aperol) or the Horchata Borracha (Tequila Cazadores Reposado, coffee-flavored liqueur, and horchata) — but they have a long list of margaritas as well.

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1. Carlita's

1101 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209
Noah Fecks

Bar-centric Carlita’s is a relative newcomer to the Pearl District. With promos like Monday Margarita Madness where pre-batched bottled margaritas are available, and a monthly margarita special — most recently, guava was featured — Carlita’s undeniably has a drinks focus. That’s not to say that food is an afterthought though. Of course, they serve tacos, many with a local Pacific Northwest bent. Standouts include blackened Pacific salmon with arugula and chipotle crema and the Carlton Farm’s pork belly that’s smoked and cider-and-chile-cured and served with an apple fennel cabbage slaw and cilantro crème fraîche.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The El Dorado

Fragrant with just a touch of sweetness, the El Dorado cocktail is a blend of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, simple syrup, orchard pear syrup, and rosemary syrup. This cocktail adds just the right amount of class to your weeknight drinks date.

1101 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209

2. The Matador

1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

The Matador, a Northwest chainlet with eastside and westside locations, has a full and varied menu. There are classic small street tacos and the Tex-Mex fave, fajitas. The restaurant also specializes in tequila and offers more than 150 varieties. For purists, they serve tequila flights to sample the differences among blanco, reposado, and añejo styles. If you want to go deep, get a familia flight: You’ll taste different styles side by side of your brand of choice, like Tequila Cazadores.

1438 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

3. Verde Cocina en la Perla

524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Noah Fecks

If an outsider were to imagine Mexican food in Portland, Verde Cocina might be what comes to mind: local, seasonal, Mexican-ish, covering all dietary bases with gluten-free, paleo, and vegan choices. That translates to organic brown rice bowls topped with local Ota family tofu, salsa, and grilled vegetables, and the Nor’wester: sustainable salmon served atop locally grown quinoa, black beans, and topped with pico de gallo, cucumber, and a nondairy poblano-coconut dressing. The food may be proud-and-loud healthy, but that doesn’t preclude cocktails from being well-crafted. There’s an añejo Old Fashioned and a brunchy Bloody Maria with a chile salted rim that’s garnished with Oaxaca cheese and pickled vegetables.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: La Generala

Warning: You may want to immediately book your next beach vacation after a sip of this cocktail. Made with Tequila Cazadores Reposado, elderflower liqueur, and fresh guava and mango juices, this cocktail is a tropical vacation in and of itself — perfect for summer nights.

524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

4. Uno Mas Taquiza

1914 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Courtesy of Una Mas Tquiza

The Pacific Northwest is not exactly breakfast taco territory (that honor belongs to the state of Texas), which is why it was big news when Uno Mas Taquiza started doing flour tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs and chorizo or spinach and mushrooms at the Westside location on weekends. Uno Mas Taquiza’s other claim to fame is de canasta tacos (a.k.a. “basket tacos”) that are served steamed with simple fillings like potatoes and green salsa or Mexican cheese in a red chile sauce. These specialties also call for an equally unexpected cocktail like El Diablo, a sweet-spicy mix of tequila — it’s best with Cazadores Reposado — and black currant, cayenne, lime, and ginger beer.

1914 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

5. Salvador Molly's

1523 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
Noah Fecks

With tamale cart origins, Salvador Molly’s evolved into a full-fledged restaurant in Southwest Portland. The bright color scheme, decorative umbrellas, surfboard, and mounted flying fish hint at the tropics, but the menu is globe-trotting and borrows loosely from Latin America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and even India. Fittingly, it serves fish tacos with the requisite cabbage and crema toppings, as well as Korean bulgogi beef tacos. Drink choices also lean cross-cultural with concoctions like the Mojarita, a mojito-margarita hybrid available by the pint, pitcher, or fishbowl. But you can’t go wrong with the Big Daddy Caddy, Molly’s top-shelf margarita made with 100% agave tequila — ask for Tequila Cazadores Reposado — and house-made sweet & sour mix, topped with Grand Marnier and a splash of fresh orange juice.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Diablita
It’s spicy, it’s sweet, fruity — what more could you want in a cocktail? With muddled orange, cilantro, and passionfruit puree, the Diablita is topped with Tequila Cazadores Reposado and garnished with a jalepeno wheel and a Salvador Molly’s Aji Amarillo Lime Salt rim.

1523 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239

6. Nayar Taqueria

3734, 5919 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Nayar is a no-frills, counter-service taqueria with sidewalk picnic tables in the up-and-coming Foster-Powell neighborhood. The menu sticks to crowd-pleasers like fruity margaritas, quesadillas, and chicken and carne asada tacos — no wild seasonal or local flourishes here — but no one’s going to call the authenticity police if you order a hard-shell taco filled with ground beef, grated cheddar, and shredded lettuce. Order the Cadillac Margarita with Tequila Cazadores Blanco tequila to wash it all down.

3734, 5919 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

7. Taqueria Nueve

727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

This inner Southeast mainstay with the avocado green facade manages to straddle the line between creative and authentic. Despite taqueria being in the name, the full-service restaurant also offers larger entrees like grilled skirt steak, Oaxacan-style mole, and an array of seafood like octopus cocktail and ceviche. Don’t skip the tacos with fillings ranging from boar carnitas to seasonal Alaskan cod. Lest you forget this is Portland, the pork in the cochinita pibil and the beef used for carne asada, lengua, and suadero all have their producer name-checked, plus it goes without saying that vegan-friendly fillings are available too. Show up on Tuesday or any other day between 4 and 6 p.m. and select tacos are $3. Try pairing them with a refreshing Pepino Margarita (chile-infused tequila, fresh lime, and house-made cucumber syrup) or a shot of Tequila Cazadores Reposado, available in 1- or 2-ounce pours.

727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Mi Mero Mole

32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Courtesy of Mi Mero Mole

You may be familiar with spit-roasted al pastor or char-grilled carne asada, but give stewed guisados a chance. This style of taco that’s popular in Mexico City is the specialty of this Pearl District restaurant and includes saucy albóndigas (meatballs stuffed with hard-boiled egg), shredded chicken tinga, and butternut squash in a dark mole poblano. In honor of Taco Tuesday, Mi Mero Mole offers all you can eat tacos for $14.75. If you have margarita fatigue, order some creative house cocktails like the El Chingroni (Tequila Cazadores Blanco, sweet vermouth, and Aperol) or the Horchata Borracha (Tequila Cazadores Reposado, coffee-flavored liqueur, and horchata) — but they have a long list of margaritas as well.

32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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