Monday, October 14, 2019 / by Rick Sadle
Mexican restaurants in Portland, Oregon are a dime a dozen. Few are excellent, many are great, and a couple are just not good. As someone who loves Mexican food, this is a blessing for me and yet another perk of living in Portland, Oregon.
While Mexican food is probably the most popular Latin American cuisine, it’s far from the only one. But, as with the beer options here in Portland, therein lies a problem: Which Latin American cuisine do I choose?
One Portland (well, Oregon City, to be precise) eatery, Mesa Fresca, seeks to solve that problem.
Roy Galván, chef owner of Mesa Fresca, is a culinary tourist. He is well versed in many food cultures, but his specialty is Latin American cuisine. From the hurried streets of Mexico City to the high-altitude kitchens of Cusco, chef Galván is inspired by the culinary traditions of Mexico, Chile, Peru, and other Latin American countries. You may have had steak fajita tacos before (and I really don’t want to be your friend if you haven’t), but you haven’t had them the way Chef Galvan creates them. His takes on classic Latin American dishes and audacious flavors find their way into each section of the menu and will keep you drooling for his next creation. These include the aforementioned steak fajita tacos, lomo saltado, (the national dish of Peru that combines stir-fried steak, sautéed peppers, onions, french fries, and peppers into one mouthwatering meal), Tex-Mex huevos rancheros, and other traditional favorites.
Oregon City, which isn’t too far from Portland, has recently become a treasure trove of hidden food gems and it’s well worth trek out Mesa Fresca and other eateries in the area.
Located next to the Pioneer Pub in downtown Oregon City, Mesa Fresca has a full line of beer, and wine and, of course, tequila. This industrial style setting with clean lines, concrete floors and dark grey wood is as inviting as the food and you know from the first aroma when you walk in the door that you’re in for a treat.
Odds are, you haven’t yes checked out Mesa Fresca, but that needs to change, The food is delicious, the space is cool and the prices are downright affordable. It’s located at 724 Main Street in Oregon City, about fifteen minutes or so from downtown Portland. Ne sure to check it out…and let them know that I sent you.
Living in Portland, you’ll never run out of cool places to eat and cool things to do. I guarantee it.