Portland >Food & Dining > La Bonita
2839 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559151 -122.636060
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
At least once a week you’ll find me aiming a salsa verde bottle at a heap of nachos in this Alberta Street mainstay. A truly formidable stack of perfectly crisp chips, cheese, meat, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole, they are some of the very best in the city. Or if you're feeling slightly less decadent, get the grilled garden vegetable tacos.
Good customer service – We went to La Bonita to celebrate a co-workers birthday. Unfortunately, we had a hard time locating the restaurant because they didn't have the name on the building they were in. We had heard the food was excellent, but from my experience it was 'average'. It had decent flavor, but when I picked up the food, it was 'luke warm'. This is my first experience with La Bonita, and I would be willing to give it one more try when I'm in the area.
This place is for real !! – Ok folks. I don't need to say much. This place is amazing. Great mexican food. Amazing, suculent steak, beans and rice and a great atmosphere. Easily the best burrito I've had in many years. ( And I'm from So. Cal and eat mexican food at least 3 times a week). I will be a devoted patron from this day forward.
Best burritos and tamalis in portland and beyond – I am a vegatarian and mexican resturants that serve "clean" veg food are hard to come by, and this one is tops, they have all fresh ingrediants, their vegan tamalis are awsome, and their prices are very affordable.
every item tastes home made, with fresh ingrediants (did I say that already)
Best Mexican North of SF – Love this place for its incredible food from the tamales to fish tacos to posole. The rice and beans are pretty amazing. I also love the friendly services and atmosphere.
Best Mexican for under $10 in PDX – La Bontia is pretty good. It's authentic and for what it is and considering this is Portland, where decent Mexican is hard to find, this is a good place. Magnitudes above places like Santa Fe Taqueria or Pepitos (sp). Give them a chance.
Tasty Tasty Mexican Food – This has been a well kept secret, or so it seems. La Bonita is fantastic, fast, fresh, and inexpensive. Even though I live across town I try to make visits there often. Their veggie burrito is easily vegan and with the reasonable charge of 75 cents adding guacamole really rounds out the wonderful flavor. It has gotten busier in the last few years and I hope all the construction around the corner will be extra seating or a to-go window because this place is bound to explode.
Best Breakfast Burrito – The best breakfast burritos in Portland, maybe in the world. Hashbrowns in a burrito? It's a dream come true. I can't really tell you about anything else on the menu as I've only had about a dozen breakfast burritos. Umm.. the hot sauce is great too.
best mexican food in Portland! – I've been looking for good Mexican food since I've moved here and this place is it! Awesome chicken mole and everything else is just as good. Best bean and cheese burrito in town. The atmosphere is funky and cool and the service is great. Prices are great, kids are welcome and you can stroll Alberta Street afterwards!
Muy Bueno – I eat here at least four or five times a week and have for the last year or so. I have had pretty much everything on the menu so I fancy myself a bit of an expert on the subject. This is the best damn place to eat and it's reasonably priced. The staff is super nice and always friendly. If you wake up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and don't want to wait four hours for breakfast at Helser's or the Tin Shed you should go to La Bonita. Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burritos all rule. Chilaquiles first and foremost will make you forget about the other frustrating breakfast places you might have waited outside of. I can't say anything bad about La Bonita.
las carnitas me ponen loco – So you want MX food. And you're on Alberta. And there are the big 3: La Bonita, La Sirenita and Don Pancho. While La Sirenita and Don Pancho are both great, LA BONITA IS THE BEST IN TOWN. Why? The carnitas. I've tried time and time again to find a better carnitas in Portland and the burbs (Gresham and Hillsboro do it up) than the offerings at my beloved La Bonita and I'm done wasting my time and money going to other spots: La Bonita is the absolute best. Try the sweet, tender chunks of La Bonita's home cooked carnitas. There's a reason why Cityseatch and Willamette Week readers consistently chose La Bonita in their Best Ofs; it's the combination of authentic flavors and dishes, great value and service. The Lopez family owns the biz and have been there before all the annoying hipsters with shiny white belts, dumb haircuts and creepy mustaches. The Lopez family does it right, time and time again. They're good people and their wonderful food feeds me at least once a week. OK, so on to la comida. Going out for MX food in the US people almost always go for the burrito, which is fine. At La Bonita they'll give you one of best burritos you've had. But try venturing out a bit. Their carnitas chimichanga is their famous burrito deep friend and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and home made guac. It's a wonderful, wonderful brick shaped monster of carnitas goodness. It's huge, too. I always ask for a few wedges of lime from the always kind cooks. And speaking of the cooks, they know what they're doing. Be nice and tip them, they deserve it. Best carnitas in town. I've had a lot of carnitas from a lot of different resturants and La Bonita's are th best. Also make sure and try their pozole soup (ft. yes, more carnitas and gorgeously sweet hominy), asada tacos, horchata drink and chile relleno. I know many people flip a coin when deciding between La Bonita and La Sirenita (one door to the west) but go with La Bonita. *la salsa roja es la mejor- pica pero no tanto!
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