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La Panza

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2425 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-5515
+1 503-236-5005
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  • Average6%
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2425 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-5515
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

Start with the fact that I have always liked New Mexican Food. We go to this place, often it is close to our house. The menu is small but thoughtful, the food is genuine and the service is good. It is the real deal to...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

No pretenses at all Good food unusual New Mexican mostly Blue corn things, fresh chicken, some beer and tequila drinks, cooked right in front of you the place is so small

Thank hAAydon
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We are Colorado residents and visit New Mexico a couple times a year to get REAL New Mexican food..... and La Panza -NAILS IT- ! New Mexican cuisine represents a twist on Mexican food that uses authentic, fresh food.... hard to describe but delicious. Typical...More

Thank kyle s
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I went to this restaurant last week to check it out and I was not disappointed. It is at the intersection of Division and SE 26th Avenue. It is a very tiny space in a little strip mall like thing. About 5 or 6 tables....More

Thank Milestogo007
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I used to live in Albuquerque so I was super excited to see a New Mexican food restaurant in Portland ! The owner was very nice and doing his best to get everything out quickly (it was busy). The food was delicious and prices were...More

Thank Tara R
Reviewed 24 May 2017

my friends say they love this place, i saw a bunch of people waiting to get in, yet we did not think much of the tastes, kinda bland and normal to our disappointment.

Thank rosar779
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I had a $25 coupon so I decided to try 2 entrees rather than their drinks which looked tempting. She recommended chicken for the enchiladas which I would do again. It was very good. I also tried for the first time anywhere for me, their...More

Thank LarryPDX9
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We found a great little cafe, hidden on Division, near the food carts. We broke our rule of only eating in busy places, but we really wanted to try it. We were glad we did. They had freshly made corn tortillas for their tacos, and...More

2  Thank MamaSue56
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great food, like really great! And I love the hibiscus lemonade! I eat here every time I come to Portland. Ambiance is lacking and you'd never know the place was there tucked next to a Plaid Pantry but totally worth stopping in, it's far better...More

1  Thank AGEinPrague
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Went in for breakfast on the weekend excellent authentic Mexican so good could have eaten again the next day, very reasonable price, nice and clean place, hidden gem kinda tucked away hard to see. Definitely going back excellent food and service. Five stars keep up...More

1  Thank viking0813
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Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2425 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-5515
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-236-5005
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La Panza Cafe is owned by husband and wife (and native New Mexicans) Andy and Jessica Razatos. The food is traditional Northern New Mexican, which is a combination of Spanish, Native American and Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques, which have been practiced and refined for over 400 years. This family business hails from a long, successful history as Andy's father opened the acclaimed, and now famous, Plaza Cafe in Santa Fe in 1947. Andy worked there for most of his career until he and Jessica decided to bring their four children to Portland to spread the love of enchanted, Nuevo Mexicano cuisine. At La Panza (the belly), we believe that less is more. Our dishes are simple, New Mexican soul food. We present all our menu items exactly as we grew up eating them in New Mexico (with a few minor improvements that allow more people to experience them such as vegetarian and gluten free options.) Some distinctive elements of New Mexican food on our menu are the use of red and green chile, blue corn, sopaipillas, posole and stacked (rather than rolled) enchiladas. We are eager to accommodate any dietary requests and can make most of our dishes vegetarian and gluten free. We have improved our red and green chile recipes to be both gluten free and vegetarian by substituting flour with cornstarch and chicken stock with vegetable stock. About our chile: We use only New Mexican Hatch green and Chimayo red chile, which is grown in an area stretching north and south along the Rio Grande river. The soil and growing conditions in the Hatch Valley create a unique environment, which contributes to the distinctive flavor. The chile growing industry is extremely important to the economy of New Mexico and is a prominent part of New Mexican culture. It is the official state vegetable (though it is actually a fruit till harvest) and the official state question is "Red or Green?". We ship our chile directly from growers in New Mexico so the hotness and flavor vary by region and time of year.
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