The Original Taco House

★★★★☆
  • 3255 NE 82nd Ave

    Portland, OR 97220

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  • 503-255-8226

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Love the OTH, go there all the time. The chips and salsa are addictive. Also the deep fried ice cream tops off a great meal. Also pick up a jug of salsa and enchilada sauce on the way out. The staff is friendly and attentive, the top off

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★★★★★

Love the OTH, go there all the time. The chips and salsa are addictive. Also the deep fried ice cream tops off a great meal. Also pick up a jug of salsa and enchilada sauce on the way out. The staff is friendly and attentive, the top off

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Worst meal of my life regardless of origin of cuisine, plus we all got sick afterwords. I've seen more appealing for come out a college dormitory microwave. This place and its food is downright awful!!!

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★★★★★

Worst meal of my life regardless of origin of cuisine, plus we all got sick afterwords. I've seen more appealing for come out a college dormitory microwave. This place and its food is downright awful!!!

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I have been going to the Original Taco House for over 35 years!! It may be one of my favorite places to eat although my selections of the menu are just a few I can never eat my entire meal. I do not like spicy food so this fits me just

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★★★★★

I have been going to the Original Taco House for over 35 years!! It may be one of my favorite places to eat although my selections of the menu are just a few I can never eat my entire meal. I do not like spicy food so this fits me just

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We thought to try out the Original Taco House since upon repeat passings, it's lot was always very full. Our out of town guest arrived and was looking to dine on some local Mexican food... so, we chose the Original Taco House.

Upon entry, the smells eminating from the kitchen seemed appealing... however, when we were seated, I was particularly overcome by an immediate sense of dread due to the bunched up seating arrangement afforded our table of four.

The wait staff was pleasant, but dressed in a manner that we found to be a bit too casual. Old, worn tee-shirts and jeans. Had the shirts been fresh and newish... that wouldn't have been an issue.

The salsa came to the table accompanied by tortilla chips and neither provided much desire by any of us to munch away. The salsa itself was especially sweet and rich in tomato, but lacking in traditional spices such as cumin and cilantro. Frankly, it came across as a fancy ketchup it was so sweet.

The menu was full of selectiona nd ensuing hype drawing attention to the founders and family recipes, etc. The prices were steep in comparison a near-by local fav... La Carreta.

Once our meals arrived, the beans looked canned.. and, tasted canned. The rice looked old and really was nothing at all special. My meal of a pork tamale was okay, filled with tender pieces of seasoned pork and wrapped in a decent masa, but, that was not enough to sway my opinion towards favorable. The price was outrageous considering it was a single tamale with beans and rice!

The balance of the table ordered various taco dishes none of which caused fits of food inspired euphoria. In fact, the general comment from around the table was... never again.

Given Portlands plethora of dining experiences to be had, I'm heartily suggesting you avoid this place by all means. it's over priced, uninspired and certainly not of sufficent quality to rate a great big hurrah!

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★☆☆☆☆

We thought to try out the Original Taco House since upon repeat passings, it's lot was always very full. Our out of town guest arrived and was looking to dine on some local Mexican food... so, we chose the Original Taco House.

Upon entry, the smells eminating from the kitchen seemed appealing... however, when we were seated, I was particularly overcome by an immediate sense of dread due to the bunched up seating arrangement afforded our table of four.

The wait staff was pleasant, but dressed in a manner that we found to be a bit too casual. Old, worn tee-shirts and jeans. Had the shirts been fresh and newish... that wouldn't have been an issue.

The salsa came to the table accompanied by tortilla chips and neither provided much desire by any of us to munch away. The salsa itself was especially sweet and rich in tomato, but lacking in traditional spices such as cumin and cilantro. Frankly, it came across as a fancy ketchup it was so sweet.

The menu was full of selectiona nd ensuing hype drawing attention to the founders and family recipes, etc. The prices were steep in comparison a near-by local fav... La Carreta.

Once our meals arrived, the beans looked canned.. and, tasted canned. The rice looked old and really was nothing at all special. My meal of a pork tamale was okay, filled with tender pieces of seasoned pork and wrapped in a decent masa, but, that was not enough to sway my opinion towards favorable. The price was outrageous considering it was a single tamale with beans and rice!

The balance of the table ordered various taco dishes none of which caused fits of food inspired euphoria. In fact, the general comment from around the table was... never again.

Given Portlands plethora of dining experiences to be had, I'm heartily suggesting you avoid this place by all means. it's over priced, uninspired and certainly not of sufficent quality to rate a great big hurrah!

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My mom worked at the Taco House when I was a baby and I have been brought up on their food. I am now 21 and still enjoy coming to this place on an at least bi-weekly basis. I love their food and service. I am always excited to bike over and have a bite. :)

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★★★★☆

My mom worked at the Taco House when I was a baby and I have been brought up on their food. I am now 21 and still enjoy coming to this place on an at least bi-weekly basis. I love their food and service. I am always excited to bike over and have a bite. :)

Pros: Food, parking, service.

Cons: I hate the people who own the restaurant chain. They are some of the sleeziest lowest of the low people in Portland, despite what you have heard and might've read in the Oregonian.

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My boyfriend and I, along with my niece ordered two entree to share. I forgot what we ordered, but it was enough for two adults and a three year old. The service was nice, but was not superb. As for the food, my boyfriend I expected more for our money.

Anyways, the food was average and we will continue to explore for more Mexican restaurant.

1
★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I, along with my niece ordered two entree to share. I forgot what we ordered, but it was enough for two adults and a three year old. The service was nice, but was not superb. As for the food, my boyfriend I expected more for our money.

Anyways, the food was average and we will continue to explore for more Mexican restaurant.

Pros: Parking, service

Cons: Average food

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My wife went to this restaurant for dinner last night. We have been going here off and on for years, and had met there for our first date about 10 years ago. We were seated in an area with a lot of children. They were so loud that we could not even hold a conversation across our table. The quality of the food has gone down over the years. My wife ordered the tostada grande. It had way too many refried beans, as did my big chicken burrito. The service was just okay. We were never offered refills on our soda or iced tea. The next time we want mexican food, we will go to a place that is more quiet.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife went to this restaurant for dinner last night. We have been going here off and on for years, and had met there for our first date about 10 years ago. We were seated in an area with a lot of children. They were so loud that we could not even hold a conversation across our table. The quality of the food has gone down over the years. My wife ordered the tostada grande. It had way too many refried beans, as did my big chicken burrito. The service was just okay. We were never offered refills on our soda or iced tea. The next time we want mexican food, we will go to a place that is more quiet.

Cons: Way too noisy

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I agree with cclemo, it seems as though all of the food that comes to the table was in a can, bag, or box only moments prior to being heated and served. My services was a little slow, but not terrible. The servers were not really making it too much of a point to be helpful. But again, not terrible. The food was unmistakably tasteless, and disappointing.

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★★☆☆☆

I agree with cclemo, it seems as though all of the food that comes to the table was in a can, bag, or box only moments prior to being heated and served. My services was a little slow, but not terrible. The servers were not really making it too much of a point to be helpful. But again, not terrible. The food was unmistakably tasteless, and disappointing.

Pros: Um, chips and salsa before the meal. Bad salsa though

Cons: Bad food.

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I have been going to The Original Taco House for over 30 years. Though it's not the most authentic mexican food in PDX it's consistent, fast and good. I have taken many people there over the years and they are always skeptical walking in, but walk out raving fans. Casual, inexpensive and great service and wonderful Happy Hour and nightly drink specials in the bar.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to The Original Taco House for over 30 years. Though it's not the most authentic mexican food in PDX it's consistent, fast and good. I have taken many people there over the years and they are always skeptical walking in, but walk out raving fans. Casual, inexpensive and great service and wonderful Happy Hour and nightly drink specials in the bar.

Pros: Fast, service, Guacamole

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The parking lot was packed, so we figured we'd have a long wait. But we were seated right away, got our free chips, and then once we ordered, our meal came seconds later! It was nothing spectacular. But for the friendly service, free chips, and free cinnamon mexican cookies, it was a nice experience. Great for those of us in the outer NE neighborhoods.

1
★★★☆☆

The parking lot was packed, so we figured we'd have a long wait. But we were seated right away, got our free chips, and then once we ordered, our meal came seconds later! It was nothing spectacular. But for the friendly service, free chips, and free cinnamon mexican cookies, it was a nice experience. Great for those of us in the outer NE neighborhoods.

Pros: friendly service, freebies, fast

Cons: not especially veggie, not amazing taste

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I liked the service and the food was nothing to brag about. Everything was swimming in their traditional red sauce which is bland and had NO flavor.

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★★★☆☆

I liked the service and the food was nothing to brag about. Everything was swimming in their traditional red sauce which is bland and had NO flavor.

Pros: available seating, good value, friendly service

 

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