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2304 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.516237 -122.642202
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
Abundant Latin color and ghoulish kitsch galore make for A+ ambiance at this venerable Belmont ristorante, which has one of the greatest patio gardens in town and a super happy hour--I love the spinach tortillas with house salsa and cactus quesadillas.
The atmosphere is very festive with a Day of the Dead motif. The back patio on a sunny day is a great place to sip on a south of the border cocktail creation. The HH food choices are mini version from their menu. I enjoyed the pulled pork Totopos and the plaintain croquettes.
Happy hour for smurfs – Let me preface by saying that I like the restaurant.The regular menu, if a bit expensive, is delicious and creative. The decor is inspired in the Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo.
The cocktails are yummy and original but very light in the alcohol.
The happy hour (8pm-10pm) is a total joke: the portions are so tiny that Papa Smurf would come out hungry. It's laughable. I wish I had taken a picture. The server even suggested us to order more, when my SO and I ordered a few happy hour items to share. We declined but got a good laugh when the food arrived, it was so surreal. Of course we needed to order more from the regular menu. And they bring you "salsas" but no chips. Unless you are in a severely restrictive diet or are a small, low-appetite smurf...skip the happy hour.
If you want a burro,run for the boarder Es Pendejo – If you have never eaten south of the boarder,stay home and don't write reviews on what you have no clue about. I was born in East L.A. and raised in the LBC, I've spent most my adult years in Tucson,AZ. I have dined at the best resturants from Mexicalli to Juarez,from Hermosillo to Basaseachi, México. Even Tucson has no resturant comes anywhere close to the real thing,the true taste and flavor of real home made food on a plate,not served like a carnaval snack. Only in America can someone drop food into a vat of hot grease and call it food. Note in Mexico burros are pet in a fenced yard not a staple.If you don't like their Margaritas, then order a real Mexican drink. Try "The flag" with the best tasting freashly made sangria. But if you're the Corona with a lime kinda drinker stay home and drink your Coors,if you only knew why they serve limes with their beer,you would still be drinking mother's milk.
Awful service, mediocre food, lousy margaritas – This really was one of the worst restaurant experiences i have had in recent memory. The server who greeted us and waited on us was angry and put-upon the whole time because we had a large group (even though we had a reservation). He was very vocal about his unhappiness from the moment we arrived and acted put-upon that we were there. To his credit the food came pretty quickly, despite his incredibly poor attitude. The food--which is kind of expensive-- was nothing to write home about. This is not fine Mexican food by any stretch. The margarita was mostly ice and also mediocre. I recommend Nuestra Cocina on Division. Wonderful service and amazing food at about the same price as this very disappointing place.
Food is incredible, but the service sucks donkey balls. – We picked this restaurant as a place to meet to celebrate our friend getting a good job! We arrived, were seated, but then had no service for almost half an hour. Then, we asked for our drinks, they took almost another 20 minutes to bring them and then didn't ask if we wanted to order. Sitting there for almost 50 minutes, we started wondering if they had food at all!
Then the wait staff came by, asked if we wanted to order, we have food allergies to dairy, nightshade and onions and we talked to our server about our options on the menu. We decided to order an app and selected the Guac as an appetizer, only to find out that it was about 2 slices worth of avocado and then tomatoes and onions spread thinly across the plate! This was directly following the conversation that we couldn't eat these! So, very expensive quac for little avocado and not thinking through our order in reference to the conversation. I was so sad. I love Guac.
Then we ordered food, which the rest of our party loved, but mine supposedly listed on the menu as having came with avocado which I asked for because it was missing and I was promptly brought 1 slice of avocado on a plate.
Also the happy hour it turns out is only good inside, where it's hot. Outside, you pay full price for a lack of service!
Comelona, your food was sooo good, your outside seating was amazing, but your penny pinching on the details and your shoddy wait staff hurts me. I'm in a quandry how to rate you. I'll give you a 3, but that's just cuz the food was very good and different from your average Mexican fare.
Different... – Disappointed to say the least… We were immediately seated as we walked in the door and which is typically a good sign. In this case it was the last good sign. We then sat at our table near an open door, in Portland with 50 degree temperatures and a slight breeze blowing, with water for nearly ten minutes as the bartender “Josh” walked directly in front of us, not once asking if we would like something to drink. We asked if the door could be closed as the restaurant was cold. No, problem! Door closed…Then reopened five minutes later when the staff decided it should be opened. At this point I was ready to leave. Our waiter finally entered the bar where he had seated us and asked if we were ready to order. I ordered a chips and salsa and a Margarita as suggested by many. The only Mexican place in town not to serve chips and salsa. The Margarita was served. Ehhh, Margarita in a rocks glass? Extremely small and absolutely no Tequila. I have a Margarita at every Mexican restaurant I visit and this was definitely a $5.50 house Rita with no alcohol. We ordered an appetizer of Fresh Guacamole and Tortillas. This was good! After the “no chips, no salsa, no Tequila” policy I decided against ordering an $18-$23 entrée and go with a sandwich for $7.50.
I was really looking forward to a dinner here as the plating and food looked great. The pricing is a little high for the service and drink quality. Pricing should not come with food quality alone. Pricing should include food quality, food appearance, SERVICE, atmosphere, etc. I cannot express enough that service is just so important to a customer’s experience in a restaurant such as this. Accidents happen, people make mistakes but some of this staff has a complete disregard for the clients. Serving upper priced food no doubt leads to larger tips but there are people like myself who will just refuse to buy expensive to avoid the reward to employees. I was immediately given the cold shoulder by a staff member as we were seated which compounded all the small things. The food was pretty good but definitely not worth going back due to the other lacking components of a “good” restaurant.
Great food unique atmosphere – I was introduced to La Calaca Comelona by a family member who has lived in the metro area for about 14 years. She and her husband (a relatively well known PDX food blogger and restaurateur think extramsg) have traveled several times to Mexico on "food trips" and they really have an eye for the best places in town.
Walking up to the place I was pleased by the murals and sculptures outsize and upon entering the interior was equally authentic and fun.
I don't drink alcohol so usually I'm disappointed at "Mexican" places because often the menu consists of the same old combo plates and the obligatory burritos the size of my arm along with tons alcoholic drinks. I was thrilled that they have decent collection of non-alcoholic liquados on the menu. Another thing that I loved about the menu was that is was different from many Mexican restaurants in that there are several different moles on the menu and no burritos. The other menu items are equally delicious owing to the ingredients and preparation. I am not a big meat-eater so I have not tried all of their meat items so I can't vouch for those. My family member brought me there but I've gone back for the food and the feeling that I'm in Mexico again.
One con I have though (which is a small con) is that it is sort of tucked away in SE instead of downtown. But a benefit of that is that the prices are reasonable (with the acceptation of the most expensive items on the menuPr
Great food, amazing mojitos – La Calaca Comelona has come a long way since it's little spot on 11th, but they still won't serve you a burrito (and this is a good thing).
So the crickets aren't for the faint of heart (even though they're tasty), but all of the grilled dishes are absolutely to-die-for and the blackberry-pear mole is inspired deliciousness (even if a bit over-priced, in my opinion). Most dishes are also served with fresh onion, cilantro, and lime - very tasty additions to the grilled dishes or tasty tacos. This place also makes one of the *best* mojitos I've ever had, if Kyle is working the bar.
To the woman upset that she wasn't allowed to sit on the patio: trust me, you weren't missing much. The seats out there are not particularly comfortable or solid and the patio itself is not very well leveled and maintained. Your little one could have easily ended up toppling into the pond after tripping on one of the poorly installed rocks in the patio. Sure, it's nice to be in the sunshine on a lovely Portland day, but it's not really worth the lack of comfort (or stability) in my opinion.
Not kid-friendly – We decided to go there w/my husbands mom who was visiting from Denver. We took our three-year old son with us and asked to sit on the patio. The hostess told us we could not sit on the patio. When we asked why she said that children can't run around on the patio. I then asked, do you not allow children at all or is it that he can't run around? And she rudely replied that they absolutely just do not want chilren on the patio. So, we sat inside on a beautiful, sunny, high 80's day. There is also nothing on the menu for kids, I had to ask for a cheese quesadilla. I am not fond of out of control children either, but the rudeness was not necessary and the food wasn't good enough to make me go back.
amazing food, late happy hour, good drinks – really cool setting, nice servers, interesting drinks - something snake with avocado? who woulda thunk.
One of my favorite places to eat – Great food, wonderful atmosphere. Love coming to eat here. I absolutely love the margaritas, cadillac is my favorite-the house mix is not too sweet or sticky. Highly recommend this place.
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