So you want MX food. And you're on Alberta. And there are the big 3: La Bonita, La Sirenita and Don Pancho. While La Sirenita and Don Pancho are both great, LA BONITA IS THE BEST IN TOWN. Why? The carnitas. I've tried time and time again to find a better carnitas in Portland and the burbs (Gresham and Hillsboro do it up) than the offerings at my beloved La Bonita and I'm done wasting my time and money going to other spots: La Bonita is the absolute best. Try the sweet, tender chunks of La Bonita's home cooked carnitas. There's a reason why Cityseatch and Willamette Week readers consistently chose La Bonita in their Best Ofs; it's the combination of authentic flavors and dishes, great value and service. The Lopez family owns the biz and have been there before all the annoying hipsters with shiny white belts, dumb haircuts and creepy mustaches. The Lopez family does it right, time and time again. They're good people and their wonderful food feeds me at least once a week. OK, so on to la comida. Going out for MX food in the US people almost always go for the burrito, which is fine. At La Bonita they'll give you one of best burritos you've had. But try venturing out a bit. Their carnitas chimichanga is their famous burrito deep friend and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and home made guac. It's a wonderful, wonderful brick shaped monster of carnitas goodness. It's huge, too. I always ask for a few wedges of lime from the always kind cooks. And speaking of the cooks, they know what they're doing. Be nice and tip them, they deserve it. Best carnitas in town. I've had a lot of carnitas from a lot of different resturants and La Bonita's are th best. Also make sure and try their pozole soup (ft. yes, more carnitas and gorgeously sweet hominy), asada tacos, horchata drink and chile relleno. I know many people flip a coin when deciding between La Bonita and La Sirenita (one door to the west) but go with La Bonita. *la salsa roja es la mejor- pica pero no tanto!
Pros: Sabor de las carnitas, ambiente, servicio, bien autentica para comida mexicana en los eeuu
Cons: aquellos pinches hipsters