Portland >Food & Dining > Por Que No
3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.548204 -122.675457
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Boise
Hum Drum – Heard about this place, read the reviews re "best tacos", so we tried it yesterday. The tacos we ordered, pork and beef, were fresh and nice enough, but nothing to justify the hype. We also ordered a small simple salad, again fresh and good, and chips and salsa, very ordinary. The atmosphere was loud, cleanliness was below average, seating was uncomfortable unless you were a 1st grader who might actually fit into the pint size chairs and stools. This would not be the place to go out to dinner with a group as it was crowded and getting a table was "outwit, outsmart." They have little signs on the tables asking customers not to be seated until they order, which of course you don't see until you sit. I sat as my husband ordered and had this pointed out, but hey, por que no? This is no place I would go out of my way for, and will probably not bother returning.
Most overrated taqueria in town! – Why is this place so busy? The portions are tiny, the prices are high, and the service is appallingly slow. Its not a brand new place, but it's crusty with the grime of ages. The hipster-slacker workers lack any sense of urgency, and are too busy being cool to take your order properly. Who puts broccoli in the veggie mix for 'mexican' food, anyway? Is it for the sulfurous smell it adds when overcooked into a tamale? There is a generously stocked salsa and hot sauce bar, which you will need since everything they serve is so bland. Fermenting fresh pineapple doesn't enhance the fish tacos either, folks. Any given taco stand will provide better service and much better food for your time and money. You'll get to bus your own table either way.
Pork si, beef no! – loved the soft corn tortillas; carne asada was blah with no taste to the beef. The spouse thought the carnitas sauce overwhelmed the pork.. I thought it was fine.
The place is grungy, funky, the music playing was '70's rock nostalgia and a tad loud. If you don't want a conversation, eat inside.
Overpriced and pretentious food, cute staff though – i really wanted to enjoy this place but I was let down. The food was bland and looked really pretty but small portions and way overpriced for what you get. The staff there is quite cute but, Man, 6 bucks for a tiny horchata with rum and you have to bus your own table, too! I can get better food for a better price from Cha cha cha!, La Sirenita, or La Bonita. I hate to play the race card also but not one of their staff is Latino and very few people of color were patrons... Hmmm.
tasty, but not worth the SHARTZ – have had so many pals tell me they love the place. i thought it was cute and trashy and i like that style! the food was good and the service sucked. its the kind of place that may as well be self service anyhoo so that is really a non issue, if you go here and complain about the service you are tarded! but the food gave me the shartz real bad!! look out for the squid...lol
A North Portland Surprise – When a patient of mine recommended Por Que No--said she worked there and that it was amazing--I put it on my list, but didn't get there.. The when another patient of mine recommended it, we just had to try it. We were tired from a long work week, but when we got there, it was a real uplifting experinece. Felt like we were on a mini vacation. What a wonderful place.
There were lots of menu choices. The variety of tacos we ordered, along with fresh and lovely pomegranate margaritas, were delicious. My favorite was the wild shrimp taco. Yum! There aren't a lot of tables, so you might have to queue up and wait. And on warm summer nights, there are many outdoor tables.
Now, if you're looking for a fussy, fine-dining experience, Por Que No is not your destination. But if you're looking for an out-of-the-box, funky eatery in a lively and interesting neighborhood, get in the car. You won't be disappointed.
Tiny food and the wait time for 1 taco is over an hour – We went there on a Sunday and it was reasonably crowded. We kept checking on our food... 20 minutes grow into 40 minutes then 60 and 1 hour and ten minutes. During this time, we got into a conversation with the group sitting next to us, they arrived before we did, and were STILL waiting for their food. Finally their food and our food arrive 1 hour 20 minutes later (for them) and 1 hour 10 minutes for us. Our order was incorrect. Instead of the plate we ordered, they brought us 1 taco. I explained to them that we had ordered a plate, and someone nastily came to our table telling us we owed more money! The whole group of us started laughing and told the waiter that we have been waiting over an hour... they didn't care, they wanted more money. I talked to the person who took our order, and they said we did not have to pay. It took us about 2 seconds to eat our food as it is so small (yet pricey). When we getting into our car, I noticed the nasty rude person who demanded more money from us had raced to our table and was looking at our receipt I guess to see if we were properly charged. The whole experience was so strange. I would NEVER EVER go back there and have let everyone I know about the "experience".
"our little secret" gone city-wide... – My wife and I have lived a few blocks from what is now Por Que No for ten years (It was still Grandfather's Deli for the first few). When it opened, we checked it out immediately. The ambience is very comfortable, with GolTV on 24/7 and reggae music pulsing out of the speakers. The food is fresh and always delicious, and there are always specials and happy hour. They also have great mexican cervezas and margaritas. It is almost always my wife's first option when hungry. In fact, as soon as I complete this review, we are headed there! Don't hesitate, go there soon. Check out all of the other amazing things happening on North Mississippi Ave while you're there!
fabulous sangrias – Love this place. I've been 3 times now; twice with my husband & once with my mom & sister. Their sangria recipe is the best I've had. Their guacamole is wonderful & the vegetarian tamales are delish. The people are friendly & seem to like where they work. It's a hole in the wall & people are drawn to it for good reasons. We'll keep coming back.
best deal and best tacos around! – everything about this place is great. the location, the food, the service , the prices and the attitude of the patrons. Definitely recommend this
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