Portland >Food & Dining > Cha Cha Cha Taqueria
4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.548392 -122.614490
Neighborhoods: Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated, Cully
Reliably average food - fairly inexpensive – Mr Rose and I love great Mexican food. He grew up with Mexican grandparents in LA and I lived there for eight years - there are many great, authentic (please do not read 'greasy, dirty, crowded' into that last word) places to eat there and he has several times been brought close to tears by some fantastic food experiences.
This is not one of them.
It's okay. It's relatively inexpensive - cheaper than Baja Fresh, say. We've eaten here several times because it's close to our home and convenient, but each time are left feeling a bit 'huh.. is that it?'
Very run-of-the-mill burritos, the meat doesn't taste very sell seasoned or that it was prepared with much care. I do like the chicken tortilla soup, however.
A nice addition to our great neighborhood – Great service, while the food is above average for a mid-priced Mexican establishment. The best Mexican food has always been the hole in the wall type and cheap. Portland's best undiscovered spot is on Fremont past 82nd heading East, next to a liquor store. Anyway, we've been to Cha Cha Cha on Fremont four times and have always been pleased. Ala carte tacos and burritos are very good; black beans are excellent. The shrimp dinner plate was so-so.
Tasty food at great prices – I've been to many Cha Cha Chas around town and this spot on NE Fremont has not dissapointed. I've been there several times, sometimes with one other person or as many as 8. The food is always tasty, fresh, flavorful and reasonably priced. If there ever has been a problem with an order the kitchen/waitstaff happily and quickly does a great job to rememdy the issue.
Of course this is not high end dining, but for the price, location and quality of mexican food it is worth a visit.
Good food at reasonable price – I live in the neighborhood but have only been once since Cha, Cha, Cha opened nearly a year ago on Fremont. I decided to give it another try and was pleased enough that I'll go back for another try. The waiter was extremely nice and offered by friend a sample of the white and red Sangria when she couldn't make up her mind. Both of them were OUTSTANDING. They make it fresh and I would highly recommend either of them. The chips were also outstanding. The salsa was fine but didn't stand out. We ordered nachos for an appetizer because they were only $4. This was a very decent appetizer although a little untraditional with lots of sauted peppers and onions. Best to be eaten with a fork.
We had tortilla soup and a wild salmon dish. Both were good and priced right.
Good Food and better prices! – I tried this Mexican fast food and I must say it was quite good. The prices were very reasonable and the service was FAST FAST FAST! I personally thought it was loud but VERY MUCH worth the price. When in a hurry and on a tight buget this is the place. They also have great people working for them.
sweetest staff and imaginative food! – I definitely recommend Cha Cha Cha. The food is creative - try a smothered burrito (with stuffings that vary from salmon to raisins or the traditional steak or chile relleno) in red, green or mole sauce. And the appetizers are fantastic: their nachos are excellent. Prices are very reasonable, even cheap for such great food ($5-10 for entrees) and the drinks are creative and yummy. Most importantly, the waitresses there are very enthusiastic about their work and friendly. I look forward to every dinner at Cha!
Flavorful but understaffed – What appears to be a fast growing Mexican chain is welcome in our Beaumont neighborhood. The tacos and burritos are imaginative and flavorable. And it's very inexpensive.
After four visits to the Fremont location, though, I have to gripe about the setting and the service.
The tables are arranged as mostly two-tops and close together so that it's hard to come as a larger group. The times we've been there, the music is too loud to permit conversation. And the chairs are these weird straight-back neon colored plastic things that are uncomfortable and visually off-putting.
Each time also, the service has been poor. One time, the poor women serving us told us that she'd been left alone to prepare the dishes and serve and she was about to quit. I don't know what the Cha! Cha! Cha! business model is, but it appears to be having quantities of meats, sauces and toppings prepared in advance and then leaving one or two staff to handle the kitchen and the front.
Editorial Review – Mexican spot offers traditional, natural dishes and a full drink menu, creating an authentic experience for Mexican food afficionados.
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