The unprepossessing approach- including the hostile parking sign from the restaurant next door, which is no idle threat (we’ve seen a car being towed from their otherwise empty lot leading me to believe they lurk behind the window just waiting).
The brightly colored wall with its chalkboard specials (BAD news when there is no fish!), panoply of saints, Frida Kahlo portrait, mismatched lighting, and children’s art.
The oh-so repurposed patio with its picnic tables, additional religious art, pinatas, and recycling/composting bins (got to love Portland!). DO NOT attempt to sit at a table unless you have placed your order and have the magic number to prove that you ARE. NOT. HOLDING. A. TABLE.
Multicolored flags wave happily, letting you know what you're in for
Eclectic arrangements of bottles, plants, flowers, and paintings make a good source of conversation as the anticipation builds
Because you can't wait- fresh chips and guacamole, which you will inhale and then regret when your meal arrives.
Healthy black beans with brown rice, salsa, and quesa fresca
Perfectly cooked shredded pollo with tomatillo sauce, lime, and radish
Chicken burrito deconstructed with beans, cilantro, lime, and quesa fresca. More chips because they're coated with cocaine which explains why you can't stop eating them.
Gorgeous fish taco with pineapple, cabbage, cilantro, and tomatillo sauce. Flavors explode. Nestled next to a shredded chicken taco with roasted tomato salsa providing muy caliente. Picture is blurred because I was diving towards the plate.
¿Por Que No? a place so burned into my brain for its casual funky atmosphere and fresh fresh Mexican flavors that I chose it for our anniversary dinner foregoing anything fancy. To those who say tacky and dumpy I say, super- please stay away and leave more for me! Fewer words more food.