the year of portland's best breakfast tacos
Every year I make a new dinning goal. Last year for 2015 I was on an endless mission to try every eggs benedict while I was out brunching, and if I was out for happy hour or dinner I had to order deviled eggs if they were on the menu.
Now that we are well on our way into 2016 I have taken on a new special interest, one that results in finding the ‘best’ breakfast tacos in all of Portland. This sounds easy right? well guess again. Since breakfast tacos are not as abundant as one would expect to find in, let's say, texas, I went ahead and have chosen two replacements should tacos not be an option. My other two choices are a little less obscure: huevos ranchero and chilaquiles. Although these two are rather neglected as breakfast options, they can and have been found, now I just need to document them all.
The start of my Breakfast Taco journey starts at Stella Taco in Portland.
The menu is great, the tacos are separated into street tacos, premium tacos, and breakfast tacos.
All of the breakfast tacos come with an egg while the street tacos are just like you can imagine, tortilla and meat. The Premium tacos have choices of steak, fish, and shrimp.
The Tacos at Stella, small but hearty. The chorizo taco packs a lot of flavor and added crunch with the tortilla strips. The bean and egg combination was okay but lacked flavor.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND STORY:
A little insight on how I’ve become such a foodie. My story goes back to when I first moved to Portland during the summer of 2011, it was then that I made some huge eating discoveries. For one, I had never tried Indian food, that’s not to say it wasn’t available in my old town, it just wasn’t marketed in the most appetizing way. Indian food buffets were the norm and with most movies alluding to explosive diarrhea post-curry eats, you can imagine I just hadn’t made the effort to trying it. Also, my exposure to Thai food was nothing short of a styrofoam box full of noodles from the mall food court, and American dining was that of Tony Roma’s and Red Robin. The only amount of gourmet in my life pre-2011 consisted of ordering the exotic sounding cabanara hot sub at Quizno’s, an assortment of dishes at PF Chang’s, and whatever fancy meal that was provided at any friend's wedding. With that said, do not doubt my desire to try new foods, the passion was always there, it just wasn't available. After settling into Portland I soon discovered the endless array of ethnic cuisines and farm fresh meals commonly found in Portland. After a few bites of the most delicious things I have ever tried the journey was on, I had to try everything possible. Along with every trip out I would discover new names of dishes and types of cuisines that I had never heard of; mortadella, romesco, yucca, and endive. I also encountered food items I had never tried; foie gras, paneer, duck confit, baba ganouche. After my first summer in Portland flew by I was in love and had to try everything, I even created a food bucket list (saved for another post).
Aside from trying new restaurants, and visiting the recommended favorites among Portland locals, I started to notice that egg items were appearing on every menu, day and night. I can't get enough variations on how to try eggs. I have been making up for lost time with my relationship with eggs (side story, I used to hate eggs growing up), I';ve tried them in just about every form; deviled eggs, fried eggs, pickle eggs, eggs benedict and everything in between. So since I have grown to love eggs, I have decided to dedicate each year to trying a new food for the year. Last year was the year of becoming very friendly with deviled eggs, and eggs benedict. The prior year was anything with beets, pickled plates, and before that pork belly was another conquest. So this year goes to Breakfast Tacos!
So there you have it, why I have decided to work out trying to familiarize myself with particular dishes each year and how I started a huge affair with eating like a queen.
cheers to breakfast taco hunting!