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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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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Additional Information about Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe

Address: 2725 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214-1817
Phone Number: (503) 234-7909
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Mexican

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