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Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe - CLOSED

2725 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214-1817
(503) 234-7909
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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English first
Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

No longer there. It has either closed or moved. Had been there for years and was pretty good. New place has taken its spot.

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Albuquerque Nm Usa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Used to live in PDX but moved 7 years ago. Got back on vacation and hit Esparza's before I left on the big ol' plane. Great Longhorn but the they closed a few weeks later after the summer of 13'. Dang.

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Clackamas Oregon
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84 reviews 84 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

After 24 years Esparza is now closed permanently. We will miss the unique decor and Tex Mex menu. The restaurant rich Kerns neighborhood has lost a jewel.

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Forest Grove, Or
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115 reviews 115 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Pinto beans were excellent, rice not so much. Turkey enchiladas were good per my wife, I didn't care for the sauce. My Pozole was good, but spicy, the corn tortillas were apparently made in house and were very good. Ate there some 10 years ago and had forgotten about it until we walked in this time and remembered the interior.... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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77 reviews 77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

For many years, my regular habit after coming home from an overseas trip is to eat lunch at Esparza's. Probably because I almost never have decent Mexican food where I travel. The menu is strong on BBQ-infused Mexican specialities. The heat in the sauces could be stronger though. I had the smoked brisket burrito lunch special, washed down with a... More

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Silverton, Oregon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Very unusual decor with Marionett Puppets hanging from the ceiling and various lizards on th shelves . Varied menu from ostrich to pork, beef and fish certainly not for the vegetarian. The lunch portion was large and included a small salad with thousand islands dressing.The service was fast and friendly. The food was very tasty. I will visit Esparza's again.

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Vancouver, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

My recollection was that the food was quite greasy and with an over abundance of cilantro. Things change though and so maybe I'll give them another shot when I go across the river:)

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Portland, Oregon
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147 reviews 147 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We like the chili relleno's here, but they have terrible margarita's. In our book, there is NO excuse for a bad margarita!!! Really nice people though.. and the same staff has been there for years which we like and respect.

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Salem, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

One of may favorite places in Portland when the ol' Tex-Mex alarm goes off!! The menu takes standard tex-mex offerings (tamales, burritos, tacos, etc) and kicks things up a notch! Using BBQ pulled pork, beef brisket and wild boar in several different dishes along with smoked top sirloin and lamb, spicy ground buffalo and catfish, and you have a recipe... More

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Kowloon
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

It may have undergone some changes over the years and not everything on the menu is as before but you can still find great dishes and wish you had room for more. The smoked meats are tops.

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