Portland >Food & Dining > Aztec Willie
1501 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.535039 -122.650470
11am-2am/ Happy Hour 3:30pm-6:30pm
Neighborhoods: Irvington, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Great Blazer Bar – A great place to watch a Blazer game. Always a good crowd, fun and energetic. Don't talk to peter, he's a blazer hater. once you stop in, you'll find yourself going back again. Great beer selection, stiff drinks. Diverse crowd. 6 flat screens for sports. Salsa dancing on sat. is always fun. Brazilian night is a must see.
Bad Bad Bad! – We were in Portland for business and Aztec Willies was recommended as a good place to eat on Broadway, it wasn’t. This is the absolute worst Mexican food I have ever tasted. We entered the restaurant and went to the “buffet” to order our food. They had all of the standard accompaniments sitting in the warming pans on the cafeteria style serving bar and a menu on the wall that you order from. I ordered the Chile Relleno dinner which includes refried beans, Spanish rice and chips (with no salsa). I also ordered the guacamole for the chips. I should have yelled “STOP!!!” when I saw the server get the Chile Rellenos out of the refrigerator, put it on a plate and stick it in the microwave for 60 seconds. You can’t microwave deep fried items to resurrect them, it doesn’t work.
However, I went ahead and paid for the meal and took the plate to the table. I tried to be objective and not prejudge what I was about to eat but it didn’t help. The Chile Relleno was horrible, the refried beans were so-so and the Spanish rice had hard, dried out grains scattered throughout the dish. This entire meal was the antithesis of good food. If you want to eat the worst Mexican food so you can compare it with the best you may find, eat at Aztec Willies in Portland, OR. Otherwise skip this joint, it might be a good place for music but when it comes to food, it sucks.
Super fun if you want to dance – I'm new to Portland (lived here almost a year now) and this was one of the first places I went out for dancing. We tried the Greek Cusina this night, but they had a horrible DJ. I was with a small bachelorette party, and we had a blast. Very nice (personality & looks) door guy and bartender. You have to want to dance when you go there though. You WILL get asked, which I think is great. Every girl in our group got asked to dance and we were all different ages different looking etc. Some of the guys that are asking are a bit older than you'd expect, but some are super hot. They all seemed nice and are willing to teach you how to Salsa if you don't know how (which I don't). I am assuming it is easier when you are less intoxicated. I think we arrived about 10-10:30 and it wasn't very crowded, but by 11:30-12 it was packed. If you want to go somewhere fun and you feel like dancing this is a great place. I plan to go during the day at some point and try their tacos.
Annoyed with Service – Little things annoy me, big things tick me off. So let's just say I am slightly annoyed. How hard is it to get what you order or ask for anymore? It seems almost impossible anymore...something is always missing from an order or not done as ordered. Any job, regardless of what it is, is a job worth doing well. So with that said, I paid almost $10 for a fajiata dinner, to go, and when I got into the bag I notices a very essential item missing from the meal...the tortillas. So basically I ended up with stirfry. This included guacamole, lettuce, refried beans and rice. All tossed into the same container and a completely jumbled mess by the time I opened it. I never tipped the bag or tossed the bag but everything was all stirred up in itself. So it wasn't a satisfying eat and I was very disappointed. HOWEVER, I do have to say, the flavor and quality WERE VERY GOOD. All I ask for is a day when service is up to par.
I kind of hate to recommend this place...but – I'm guessing this place has changed owners a few times - and if so - at least one of them was a j erk. When i first moved here (95) this place was great. I was 23 and lots of other cool youngsters like me came there after work thru the lloyd area. Its died down...a lot. but its still a nice place in several regards. The outdoor seating right on 15th is still a sentimental happy place for me. Their marguaritas on the rocks are not great, but they're not half bad. Try their brazilian (i think its a wrap), the mole is good (not really authentic, but tasty). The guacamole is very good, and so is the salsa fresca. I like that the place is quiet and low key most of the time. Wish it wasn't kid friendly, but its still a warm place to hang out with my friends after work that i guess has kind of aged with us.
As for the reviewer touting Cha cha cha? please, please, please....you think they dont microwave your food? and you're appauled that a server took ingredients from an industrial kitchen tray? I assure you, they dont have wing-ed little saraphim lovingly hand assembling your ingredients from a farm in mexico for your precious little order. Ok, knock aztec willies, but find a better "as if" to whine about
Great Mexican food, spacious and comfy, kid friendly...LOVE IT! – I've lived in this neighborhood for 5 years and I only recently started to go to Aztec Willy's. Honestly I can't think of why I didn't go sooner, it might have been the goofy name or because my husband says we should only go to the "authentic" places on Alberta. But there is no reason stay away! The food is great, a combination of traditional northern Mexican items and Tex-Mex, the prices are very reasonable, and the space itself is really really cool! Good decor, plus a kids room where you can let the little ones play with toys while you finish your tamale plate. The service is cafeteria-style, so I never have to worry about long waits for food, and I can look at what I want before ordering it and ask questions. There are so many different things to choose from too, and you can customize your order with different meats, sauces, beans, etc. I love the casual atmosphere. Haven't tried the margaritas yet, but the bar staff looks capable enough. I am going to become a regular.
Never go here, keep South for Cha Cha Cha's – I don't normally write reviews for the places I go, but I don't know why anyone would give a good review for this restaurant. Based on those reviews, my boyfriend and I went there at 3pm the other day. You know, lunch time or thereabouts. We were extremely disappointed--nay, sickened! We ordered a Salvadorian Relleno Wrap and a Chicken Chili Relleno and Enchilada and watched with despair as the man serving us scooped our food out of bins and placed it next to items he'd taken from one container and then reheated in a microwave right before our eyes. We were so hungry that we had no choice but to stay there and eat it. We had to take it back to our own table and it didn't taste good at all (except for the fruit salsa). The guy gave us extra fruit salsa when we were leaving for free, and that was pretty much the perk of the evening. Even with a half-off coupon, this still ended up being more expensive than a meal made to order when you order at Cha Cha Cha's. And Cha Cha Cha's makes excellent Mexican food for the price you pay, and they also make great Mojitos. After we left Aztec, my boyfriend and I were nauseous for the rest of the day.
make it and shake it – Saturday nights at Aztec Willie's is a must for anyone who is willing to learn Salsa...it is also a wonderful venue to show off your skillful moves, it's a great scene for anyone.
I feel safe going there by myself, there's a really fun and respectful atmosphere that welcomes all kinds of patrons.
I've only had one meal and found the food to be tasty, nothing to write home about but nothing to turn away either. Their chips are homemade, the salsas are good, they have some healthy options for dieting people to choose from as well.
The bartenders and waitstaff have always been fast and friendly! I highly recommend this place!
(salsa lessons are from 9:00 - 10:00)
Great Atmosphere, but with fast food stylins. – The food here is served up similar to the way they make your sandwich at Subway. There's a great selection of beans, etc - but it is what it is. More like slow fast food than a place to go and savor your meal.
The little sports bar is cute, and the atmosphere has always been great too. No complaints there.
Can't Complain – I used to live right around the corner from "Willies" and have been there more times than I can count......I can't think of one complaint. I honestly think the complaints on this list are the exception and not the rule. I don't know what people expect from this type of restaurant, it ain't fancy, so the "slop it on the plate" comment is pretty much true, but the food is still great. As for the person who left the tip despite bad service, well, who's fault is that???
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