Where to get Mexican food in Portland, Maine
Whether you are taking a trip, passing through, or living in Portland, ME, many must-visit places offer unique experiences and fabulous food to anyone who visits there.
With a reputation as a foodie city, it is no wonder that there are fantastic restaurants and markets in the city just waiting for you to visit them. Upfront, you must get the Fried Green Tomato Tacos at El Corazon.
Three must-visit Mexican spots to dine in Portland, Maine
Although there are others, these are the three Mexican restaurants everyone is talking about in Portland, ME, and you love Mexican food, you should probably try these out.
Terlingua’s Mexican Restaurant
Terlingua’s Mexican Restaurant offers a unique experience with Smoke House to meats with Caribbean Southwest and Mexican inspirations. Terlingua’s has been open since 2015 under Chef and Owner Pliny Reynolds and Head Chef Wilson Rothschild. They are also home to a market where you can find pre-packaged smoked meats and other ready-to-go foods.
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The Eater, with 2.8 million subscribers, says, “At Terlingua in Portland, Maine, chefs Pliny Reynolds and Wilson Rothschild bring together the area’s bountiful fresh lobster, muscles, and mackerel, with Texas barbecue-style brisket, quail, chorizo, and more.”
Terlingua is open Wednesday through Sunday, with a complete food and drink menu available from 12 pm to 8 pm. The market is open seven days a week, Monday through Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.
You can experience this unique food by dining in, ordering it to go, or stopping by the market. Visit their website to make reservations for your party today or call 207-956-7573. Terlingua's is located at 40 Washington Ave., Portland, ME.
El Corazon is another great local find, the restaurant started as a food truck and in 2017 moved to its brick-and-mortar residence at 190 State Street in Portland, ME.
Owners and operators Joseph and Laura Urtuzuastegui serve patrons “Mexican food from the heart” with the mission to provide authentic Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price for everyone. Their Fried Green Tomato Tacos are a vegetarian's dream with their famous chipotle aioli.
They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, and closed on Sunday and Monday. Call 207-536-1354 to make reservations. You won’t want to skip this experience at El Corazon’s.
Mellen Street Market
Can’t sit down for a meal or need to pick up a few items? You can find this charming old-world market at Mellen Street Market in the Parkside neighborhood, where they have been since the 1970s. All the stores and restaurants are locally owned and operated for 50+ years by the Nappi family, who owned it until 2018, or the new owners Tim Ly, Shawn Freeman, and Chantel Do, who bought the market.
They offer a wide range of items, including 60+ craft beers from around Maine, food from local farms, coffee, bread, pastries, and prepared food ready to go. Attached to the market is Quinn’s Bardega restaurant that offers pizza, sandwiches, wings, and catering.
They are open seven days a week with hours Monday through Friday from 7 am to 11 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 8 am to 11 pm. You can reach Mellen Street Market by phone at 207-772-2206. It at 79 Mellen Street in Portland, ME.
These restaurants and markets are a must-visit for anyone in the area.