Cantina El Rayo

Cantina El Rayo

Over the last two years, Portland’s Mexican restaurant scene has undergone a fairly massive transformation. In just 24 months, it’s as though the city collectively moved past the grim, cynical depictions of South of the Border fare, past the bottomless bowls of melted queso, and beyond fishbowl-sized frozen margaritas. All at once, Portland diners were… 

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Rhubarb Week: Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Chipotle Rhubarb Salsa

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Chipotle Rhubarb Salsa

You know what’s a reasonable thing to have in your garden? A rhubarb plant. You know what’s less reasonable? Having ten enormous rhubarb plants. A bumper crop of rhubarb, each plant producing dozens of thick, crimson red rhubarb stalks, has left us scrambling for new ways to use the tart flesh of this vegetable. We… 

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Chicken in Chipotle Cream Sauce

chicken-chipotle-cream-sauce

As holidays of dubious historical significance that serve as little more than an excuse for copious daytime imbibing, Cinco de Mayo is my second least favorite. I prefer daytime drinking that is forthright and without (much) pretense. (One must have a little pretense, or else they take you to Promises). Appropriate situations include: baseball games, company… 

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Taquitos de Lengua with Salsa Roja

Taquitos de Lengua

Who would have expected New Haven, Connecticut to be home to one of the most exciting developing Mexican taco truck scenes we’ve ever seen? Occupying a stretch of Long Wharf Drive, which runs parallel to Interstate 95, past New Haven’s massive Brutalist-style concrete architecture, a few gas stations, and a fairly newly-minted Ikea, hardcore Mexican… 

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Tomatillo Lamb Tacos with Fresh Salsa Mexicana

Tomatillo Lamb Tacos

For once, I am not basing this recipe on anything I ever ate during our time living in Mexico. For a country that can work such culinary magic with inexpensive, slow-cooked cuts of meat, I have not had a lot of experience with the region’s techniques for cooking lamb. I imagine that this dish would… 

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Mateo’s Hacienda

Mateo's Hacienda

You can tell from the street that Mateo’s Hacienda is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. The restaurant features a bright orange-painted facade, with a small front window just barely large enough to contain a cartoon rendering of a gloriously stereotypical spaghetti Western Mexican, complete with black handlebar mustache, giant sombrero, and armed with bottles of hot… 

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