Portland >Food & Dining > Cha Cha Cha!
1208 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.526424 -122.683549
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
I love this energetic and casual Mexican eatery in the heart of the Pearl. Order the Cha Plate, the housemade tamales or the big mama enchilada and take a friend because even though they all ring up at under 9 bucks they are delicious and generous enough portions to share.
Rock found in burrito - aparrently it's a known and re-accuring problem this past week – I've been to Cha Cha Cha in the Pearl a few times these past few months - the food is fresh, delicious, and spicy. I thoroughly enjoy going there for some great food which is quite easy on the wallet.
The last time was the first week in February when I ordered their Cha burrito, a delicious beef concoction. Unfortunately it contained a rock, not a pebble, but one the size of a small molar tooth. Showing the rock to the guy behind the counter taking orders, he said he has known of the problem this past week and the batch of beans they received recently contains rocks. There was no "sorry", no comped meal, just a fact of life that their beans contain rocks.
I hope this rock fiasco doesn't last long. Why don't they comb through the dried beans and pull out the rocks before cooking them?!?!? What else gets into the food that they don't bother removing?
Really good, and really cheap. It doesn't get much better. – My sister took my family here while we were visiting her in Portland. We just wanted something quick and inexpensive. We were all set to go looking for a McDonald's when she recommended Cha Cha Cha. We were all glad that she did. It was fast, and inexpensive but unlike McDonald's it was also delicious.
Best Taqueria in Portland!!! – Excellent food, fast service, great price. The best mex without the tex.
We came upon this restaurant just while walking in the pearl district. The best mexican taqueria food I've ever tasted. We are so glad we tried it. You should definetely try it!
Cha Cha Cha...highly recommended – My boyfriend and I love this place, its a block away and a weekly favorite. Always packed, the service is prompt and very friendly. When the owner is working he offers to bring us our drinks, silverware and anything else we may need to the table. Silverware is neatly rolled into napkins and sits by the counter if are anxious to get your own, along with ice water and cups if you choose not to order a drink. This is not the type of restaurant that provides table service. The limited staff are busy preparing food and taking orders so that your wait is short. They do not have time to go around to tables getting 2nd drink orders, however if you need a 2nd they can accommodate you at the counter. Last night the line was out the door and every table was taken, my wait was not more than a couple of minutes and my to go order was ready within seconds. The prices are unbelievably cheap and the food is outstanding. I love the big burritos and my boyfriend likes the tamales and tongue tacos....we also love the green and red salsas, the fresh chips and pico de gallo. Try it...you won't be disappointed!!
go to byways nextdoor instead! – The food here is mediocre, and well priced, but the service is poor
It's unclear how to get silverwear, the owner would not look at customers, talk to them,
and kept dissapearing while a line went out the door. He also looks a little like james gandolfini.
Byways nextdoor has the best service ive had in portland, by far, better food and better atmosphere too
que delicioso – Huge tasty burritos with quality ingredients for the price of Taco Bell. If you are feeling like a glutton go for the chimichanga which is the size of my head, fried and topped with fresh ingredients. If you are feeling healthy go for the taco salad with salmon and black beans. They have some special marinade for the salmon that makes it out of this world! If you are on a budget the chili relleno burrito is like $4 and will stuff a normal person. Very clean and nice atmosphere compared to most other good taquerias.
Always enjoy my Relleno Burrito – I go here a couple of times a month, it's close to my office, and I always get the Relleno Burrito. I find it super tasty and full of flavor, I add some of the red sauce to the inside. Sometimes I want to try something else but I love the Relleno Burrito too much. I love the quick service and the cheapness of the food. The quality isn't A+ but it is very good.
The thing I don't like is that I often have to call and call and call because they ignore their phone and I don't like standing around waiting for my burrito. Also I always eat the whole thing and always want to take a nap by about 2:00 because I'm so full of deliciousness. Some of my coworkers just eat half of one but I lack their willpower.
What the heck? – Mexican food? I think not! This was some of the worst food I've had, dry meats that manage to be tasteless and salty. Little to no flavor in the beans and rice. It may be cheap,but who cares. I think they are doing exactly what another reviewer said and pumping up their reviews becasue I can't believe that this is a winner anyones eyes. The service just added insult to injury. I'll never go back and oh ya I've had good Mexican food from my wonderful Grandmother who would roll over in her grave if she tasted this food and knew it was called Mexican.
I've had better food from chains... – My wife and I, looking for something takeout in the Pearl District, decided to try Cha Cha Cha!.
We ordered a Steak Asada burritto, a Carnitas burritto, an order of corn chips and guacamole, and an order of flan.
The steak asada was VERY salty - I'm a salt hog, and even I thought it was excesive. Other than salt, there was really no flavor at all - The meat was mushy, the beans had no spice, and everything was lukewarm.
The carnitas tasted like a dry pork roast - no seasonings, no spices, no flavor.
The corn chips were completely stale and greasy - and considering how crowded the place was - which would mean a high turnover of tables (and chips) they NEVER should have been as stale as they were.
The guacamole was not very good either - There was a brown plastic consistency, and chunks of avocado ranged from pea-sized to chunks larger than my fork. Here the trend of oversalted ended, along with any kind of seasonings or ingredients OTHER than avocados.
As far as the flan was concerned, I can't tell you because the server forgot to put it into my bag, and after the meal, I didn't particularly think it was worth walking the 4 blocks back to even try it.
All in all, I've had better mexican food from Chipotle's in CLEVELAND, OH!
Delish!! – Cha! Cha! Cha! Is a realy fun, yummy restraunt! The chicken chimichangas are amazing! They are so yummy, cheap, and HUGE!!! I love it!
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