My favorite spot in the 'hood for carnitas and hibiscus flower tea, ¿Por Que No?, is featured this month in none other than the hoity-toity food magazine, Gourmet. In the cover story on critics' picks of the top Latino restaurants in 14 cities, three Portland spots made the list. Local writer Janie Hibler raved:
"Por Que No Taqueria. This tiny taqueria is located in a converted garage outfitted with a lone counter lined with jars of aqua [sic] fresca and several small tables. While traditional items like tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, and tamales are solid, the best picks are the ones made with local ingredients, such as the Carlton pork carnitas and the line-caught fish tacos served with crèma, cabbage, mango, and cilantro."
Other than the incorrect spelling of "aqua fresca" when they mean "agua fresca," we can't argue with a word. The other places chosen as the city's best? The ones you'd expect, namely Andina and Nuestra Cocina (incorrectly spelled in the magazine as "Nuestra Cucina" - what is up with their copyeditors?). So, once again, the national press is catching on to what we already told you...namely, get in there!
Details: ¿Por Que No?, 3524 N. Mississippi. Phone 503-467-4149.