La Carreta Gresham
Gresham location: 660 NE Burnside Rd
SE location: 4534 SE McLoughlin Blvd
I have been going to La Carreta for many years and always keep going back! This is a classic Mexican family style restaurant, nothing fancy just HUGE portions with generous amounts of FREE chips & salsa.
The chips and salsa are awesome, they are freshly made and everyone at the table gets their own mini salsa bowl so you don’t have to share ( and allows you to double-dip). The service is attentive and they are always there to fill your water glass or bring a fresh basket of chips and salsa. Servers come around multiple times to fill up your salsa bowl which I easily go through 3 while we wait for the main dish.
When delivering your food to the table the staff always give the “be careful your plate it hot” kind of warning which I love because I know its made to order with cheesy goodness.
I usually get the Enchilada combination plate, shredded chicken stuffed tortillas smothered in enchilada sauce served with the traditional cheesy beans & rice.
The space is pretty large at both locations so if you are bringing a big group there is no problem finding seats for everyone. If you’re in the mood for a good alcoholic drink, order a canzuela (can-sway-la) its literly a bowl of liquor! Not too strong, but you’ll feel it when you stand up. Tastes great with orange slices and cherrys mixed in. If you sit in the bar there are daily drink specials.
Why it’s my favorite Mexican place in PDX:
-Their portions are HUGE
-Service is FAST FAST FAST
-Their prices are under $10
-They have a great bar drink menu
-Salsa is FREE, bottomless, and tasty!
-They are open LATE 2am!
Private Parking Lot
Great for larger groups
Live mariachi band on the weekend that comes table to table