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La Carreta, 4534 SE McLoughlin Blv (99 and Holgate), Portland, OR.
We tried this restaurant a few days ago and it's pretty good--except for the food. Even with the bonus point (great Mariachi band on a Thursday night) they score a 6.5. There is no perfect ten without a hot sopapilla with butter and honey. We're wondering where the Mexicans hang out.

1) free hot crisp chips (.5 points, free, crisp but not warm)
2) free with at least two kinds of salsa, one of which should be HOT (.5, one kind, med hot)
3) margarita with tequila and lime in it, no high fructose corn syrup (.5, house margs weak and fancy margs pretty good)
4) food and plate temperature sizzling hot (1, finally a place where the plate is hot!)
5) menu: simple, fresh, authentic, not "creative" (1 typical)
6) good sauces/beans/tortillas (0 sauces weak to nonexistent, beans below average, didn't get a tortilla)
7) good entrees (0 taco was grease fountain, relleno was mostly batter, chimi wasn't fried enough, enchilada had no sauce, etc)
8) reasonable price (.5, I confess I want it under $32.10 plus tip)
9) pleasant space, warmth colors, lighting, smells, service, etc. (1: bustling)
10) "Sopapilla o' tortilla?" (0)
BONUS: (1) for the Mariachi band, they were good

We finally looked up the "Iron Horse" and its menu is too extensive and foofy for us. Nevermind. We don't even want to go there anymore.
http://www.portlandironhorse.com/

Here's what we're trying next:
La Bonita, 2839 NE Alberta Street. Between 33rd and MLK.

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manifestress
Mar. 8th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I *heart* your rating scale!
liveonearth
Mar. 8th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Have any restaurant recommendations?
manifestress
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Since we're fairly new to Arizona...
Well, since we just moved here in August, we're still scoping places out.

I really like Barrio, and Richardson's of New Mexico, as well as El Encanto in Cave Creek.

We went to Julio G's the other day for lunch - it was very tasty, yet overpriced - $4.00 for ONE sopapilla??!!
liveonearth
Mar. 9th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: Since we're fairly new to Arizona...
That's outrageous. Well I hope you enjoy your time in AZ! I don't know the places you mention. If you ever get up to Flagstaff, try La Fonda (#1 for sopapillas) or El Charro. Casa Bonita is authentic too but it's from a more southerly, cream-sauce, fish-eating tradition. In Globe, La Casita rocks. They butter the tortillas.

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