La Calaca Comelona THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Calaca Comelona


1408 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Cuisine: Mexican
Openings: Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat.


THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Calaca Comelona Restaurant Review:

The name La Calaca Comelona means The Hungry Skeleton, and the small interior is filled with icons from the Mexican Day of the Dead: bundles of bones in photographs, sculptures, and paintings, and grinning death's heads of every imaginable sort. But do not let the depictions of a dance macabre interfere with your pleasure, for if the food is not quite to die for, it will send you out with a cheer, and very much alive. This small, funky taqueria, is presided over by a chef from central Mexico who knows how to incorporate chiles, corn, avocados, herbs, and cactus pods into a wonderfully satisfying blend of genuine home cooking. This is no ordinary cantina, but a place where homemade masa tortillas are crammed with juicy meats, where you'll never see a gringo's burrito, and where the salads are lessons in freshness, with, for instance, that cactus embellished by cilantro, serrano chili, lime, and a shower of snowy Mexican cheese. The shrimp cocktail, served in a tall tulip glass, is crammed with rock shrimp, cucumber, onions and cilantro, everything spanking fresh. The mole is sparked by pickled peppers and purple onions. This is a distinctly personal place, from a décor that includes such folk artifacts as a hand-painted telephone booth shaped like a giant ear, to the exquisite flan, the recipe of which is said to have been concocted by a 17th century nun.

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