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Fonda Rosa
Ranked #1,932 of 4,320 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Mexican
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Clackamas Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Fond of Fonda Rosa”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Small Mexican Restaurant on restaurant row in Kerns neighborhood in Portland. In a town with many kinds of mexican restaurants Fonda Rosa is not the hippest, best, most interesting, most avant garde, or cheapest. It does have good fish tacos for four dollars and other tacos from three to five dollars. The arroz con pollo was very good. Don't miss the coconut creme brulee. It is quiet enough that you can linger and talk comfortably.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JurgisRudkus
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English first
Portland, OR
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best little taco restaurant~”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

This tiny little place off of East Burnside is amazing! The tacos are authentic, the margaritas are delicious, and the place is charming. We love that you can order the tacos individually, as well as a full dinner. And the place is teeny tiny, so the owner is always there, making sure everything is top-notch.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank annecleve
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New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Chili Rellenos are smokin' and the staff is phenomenal...”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

Well, this was very nice.......on a couple recommendations and yelp reviews, I stopped into Fonda Rosa. I can honestly say that I have not had a chili relleno this good, in a dogs age. From the cheese to the type of sauce they use. It's top notch. The chips are also very good here. I can only assume they make their meals from scratch here. The wait staff and owner are also very personable, which is always very nice. Interaction did not seem forced. Soooo, that said, if i'm here again, I would definetly return....

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2 Thank Lamar G
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Pdx, OR
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We really wanted to like this place but the food just isn't anything close to being memorable. We had a very dry mole chicken enchilada, a pork enchildada that was salty with the meat in each likely boiled and not roasted properly. The rice and beans were bor-ring, and there were only faint glimmers of crema and cojita on the plates. Notably absent was something resembling la comida tipica--a roasted pepper or hot sauce endemic to any regional cuisine of Mexico.
The cardinal sin was the margarita made with a mix. Unforgivable. If you like margaritas made with a mix, then you probably will like this place in all its aburrida glory.
Really nothing unusual, daring or off the hook here.
I can't say that the ambiance was delightful either with a boorish loud woman at the bar yell talking about her work in the medical insurance business.
The prices at Fonda Rosa were not reasonable considering the quality of the food. Many food carts have better enchildadas than this place.
The standards for Mexican food in Portland are high--I recommend La Calaca Comelona and Autentica. In the immediate neighborhood surrounding Fonda Rosa there are a lot of better restaurants than this.
I completely disagree with most of the favorable reviews being posted here. I find them suspicious or written by chuckleheads at best.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank UnBuenTipo
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Portland, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food, great service”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The waitress is nice and attentive, I've had the same one on the three occasions I've been there. Margaritas are great! One of the best since living in Portland! You won't go wrong with the tacos. Order the mole enchiladas if they have them. They are not a regular menu item, but are sometimes on special. This is not a typical Mexican restaurant, much smaller portions but higher quality food. they have a lot of seafood options too. If you are in the neighborhood, it's worth a visit.

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2 Thank jenna_bella_09
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