El Gallo

4804 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR, 97206
481-7537 | Website

Noon-7 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Cash only.
The parking lot of a luxury furniture maker seems an odd place to get a taco, but there it is—El Gallo, a rooster-adorned trailer with a covered seating area and an evident affection for distressed type. Owner Jake Brown, who’s done time in the kitchens of Genoa and Meriwether’s, hails from Nevada, as does the most impressive offering: the Nevada Tostada is an 8-inch circle of fry bread beneath a hillock of beans, meat, cabbage, pickled onions, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and “citrus crema.” It’s as if someone deep-fried a really good torta. There’s no graceful way to eat the thing, so just dig in with your hands and keep shoveling until it’s all gone. If you’re in a less extravagant mood, El Gallo’s tacos are very good—Brown makes all the tortillas to order. BEN WATERHOUSE.
BEST BITE: A plate of chicken, carnitas and chorizo tacos ($6).
CHEAPEST BITE: Tacos are $2 each.

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Cuisine type: Mexican, Food Cart
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