Portland >Food & Dining > Adobe Rose Cafe
1634 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.473631 -122.649096
Tuesday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Tuesday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
What a find! Since moving from the Southwest ( New Mexico / Arizona) to the PNW 6 years ago I have been in search of authentic New Mexican food. Finally...my search is over. Yes!
A copied idea? – I was surprised to find Adobe Rose Cafe in Portland! My friend, Candy Weirhan, with her mom and dad started the original Adobe Rose Cafe in Albuquerque, NM in 1984/85, located across the street from the Fair Grounds on Central Ave. Their truly authentic New Mexican food and menu was absoutely great...it just does not get much better than what they served. Their Adobe Rose was sold and in its place, another fast food cafe began. I'm wondering how the folks who run Adobe Rose in Portland, apparently borrowed Candy's original concept and began what can't hold a candle to the original?
If you don't have time to fly to NM...go to Sellwood – We do not live in this part of town and to get our chile fix we both agree to go to the Adobe Rose whenever the topic comes up! The enchiladas swim in green chile and having lived in Albuquerque for a decade, the hanky comes out and proves its hot and tasty. The lunch crowd proves there are plenty of followers and the staff are some of the most personable we've met. I roasted twenty pounds of chile on my barbecue a few years ago, but the Adobe Rose Cafe makes it a lot easier. Besides, my freezer supply has run out.
Great Authentic New Mexican Cooking! – I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and developed a taste of fresh green and red chile and I have to say that Adobe Rose is true to the meaning of new mexican cuisine. The service is fast, friendly and prompt. The Stuffed Sopapillas are amazing and was not skimpy when it came to smothering the plate with delicious red and green chile sauce. Their portions are huge and an incredible price for what you get. I highly recommend this restaurant to Portlanders who want a true taste of New Mexico.
Worst food I have ever eaten!!!!!!! – We should have known as we walked in and heard our voices echo off the walls but we decided to give it a shot since it is in our neighborhood. I ordered the tex-mex plate which consisted of canned refried beans wrapped in a tortilla and covered in canned enchilada sauce and cheese. My soft taco was boiled chicken with NO seasoning at all and badly chopped lettuce, tomatoes and cheese!!! None of our food had ANY flavor and was obviously constructed by someone that was not and never was a chef...not even a cook. Taco Bell beats this awful experience.
The Worst TexMEx Ever! – Store bought chips, salsa & guacamole
Tasteless ground beef in tacos
Cold tortilla for tacos
Bland boiled chicken in quesadilla
Very cold environment, no music
AMATEURS! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!
Great enchiladas and atmosphere – This is our favorite place in the neighborhood. We come as often as we can and we love the enchiladas and drinks. Our daughter loves the flautas and is always excited to see Terry and Larry. They make us feel at home and our bellies satisfied. The spicy green chile sauce packs a wallop and the margaritas are perfect.
Absolutely awful- never going back – First, the server forgot our guacamole appetizer. When we asked for it again there was no apology or even an "oops!" It came just about the same time as the entrees. The green enchildada sauce that was described as the "the spiciest we have" was bland and unremarkable. The Zuni pie was bland- not even the cheese tasted good. How do you mess up cheese? There wasn't even hot sauce on the table to save us. The server didn't come back to check on how the food was- we would have asked him then. When we finished the meal- rather gave up on it- the server cleared our plates and we waited for a bill. After 10 minutes none came. He came back and again confirmed we wanted nothing further. He refilled my empty iced tea glass with sticky sweet warm lemonade. Another 10 minutes, still no tab. After sitting for 25 minutes with a clear table & no bill we started estimating the cash to leave & move on with our evening. My husband went to give him our estimated amount, and he hadn't even added up our ticket yet. Other bummers- there was no music- it was eerily quiet; tacky plastic plants; and the prices were high. We eat out a lot, and rarely have we had such bad service AND crappy food. Never again.
Best New Mexican food north of the Paseo Del Norte – My wife and I eat in the Adobe Rose every special occasion we have. The review called it good Tex-Mex but New Mexican cuisine is different. Terry and Larry rock! The green chile is great and I would recommend any dish on the menu. You have to love a place that doesn't look at you like you are crazy when you order an over-easy egg on your enchiladas.
Deep in the heart of Sellwood, this neighborhood cafe has been dishing up homestyle Tex-Mex and spicy conversation for two decades. – In Short
Southwestern-themed prints and images of Kokopelli, the Hopi god of merriment, add interest to the terracotta-colored dining room. Many diners have been regulars for 20-plus years and exchange banter on topics from movies to politics. After washing down chips and salsa with an icy margarita, newcomers are apt to chime in. Soft and crispy tacos, shrimp quesadillas, and specials like crab enchiladas come with fresh green salad or rice and beans a la olla.
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