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“Big lunch on the cheap”
Review of Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe - CLOSED

Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
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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Thank frankie2011
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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:)

Thank SOBERCHERYL
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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.

Thank BarefootBuddies
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Reviewed February 7, 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 for Protein Heaven!! Combine that with some of the freshest handmade tortilla chips and salsa, and it is a fiesta grande! If you're in the mood for a margarita, Esparza's has a full bar and they mix a fine margarita rocks with a variety of middle and top shelf tequilas.
The staff are always pleasant and easy to chat with. They have daily specials and your server is always helpful in making a recommendation or answering questions about the menu.
The décor has a quirky, eclectic, southwest rummage sale-meets-vintage movie studio prop room vibe. But the colorful, just-shy-of-obnoxious wall and ceiling bedazzlements are what make this place so memorable. You can't miss the building sitting on the corner of SE 28th and Ankeny, painted fire engine red with yellow trim and a big yellow neon sign over the front door!
Give it a try once, or twice...or three times. Heck just make it a regular stop -- maybe I'll see you there!

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Thank Scott_McCanna
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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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Thank moniker11
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