Nuestra Cocina is a cool, little place tucked into NE Portland. An acquaintance sent us there as a cool, unique, tasty place to check out and we were not disappointed. Our most recent visit was actually our second time there. A Friday night, prime-time. For a party of two, we were told it would be 30-45 minutes by the friendly hostess. We squeezed our way up to the bar & ordered two of the house margaritas. I highly recommend them! The bartenders are the same two guys who were there last year at our inaugural visit. Both gentleman are friendly, attentive, and super-efficient. The bar area itself is super small and was extremely packed. I felt a little bad for the nearby diners, as the bar patron overflow seemed to intrude on their dining space. We were seated before we ordered our 2nd beverage.
The server-dude was friendly & quick to respond. The handmade tortillas that arrive in place of a bread basket are wonderful. We first ordered the Ceviche and the Grilled Cactus Salad. Fresh & delicious! At the server's recommendation, we both ordered the special that evening which was a delectable and fabulously seasoned carne asada atop drunken beans. The beans were soaked in Modelo Negro beer. Muy Delicioso!
We would definitely return to Nuestra Cocina. Looks like they are re-doing their outdoor seating area - perfect for summertime margaritas & outdoor dining when the weather dries up/warms up!
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