Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Portland Restaurant: Mi Mero Mole

What: Mi Mero Mole
Where: 5026 SE Division St
Honeys Heart: Rajas con Crema taco

The girls and I have mostly been hitting up happy hours on our (almost) bi-weekly girls nights so we decided to switch things up by getting actual dinner instead.

I have been wanting to try Mi Mero Mole FOREVER so I was happy when the girls agreed with my suggestion.

At Mi Mero Mole, the focus is on guisados, which are essentially stews and stir-fries. You can order them as the filling in tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or as part of a plate.

The menu is pretty extensive with over 50 different guisados, but only around 10 are available each day, which is helpful for those of us who are not the best with dinner decisions (aka, me and Kel).

We stared off with Chips & Salsa ($2) and margaritas.

I ordered the Jamaica Margarita ($6/$9), made with housemade hibiscus syrup, even though I was warned that it was sweet. Should have listened because, yeah that thing was way too syrup-y for me.  Next time I'll try their classic marg instead...

For dinner, I decided to try 3 tacos: Cerdo en Adobo (pork in pineapple chile sauce), Nopalitos y Papas (cactus and potatoes), and Rajas con Crema (roasted chiles with onions, sour cream and cheese).

Rajas con Crema was my favorite (so creamy and delicious!) but the other two guisados were tasty as well. I also loved the tortillas. They were nice and thick, similar to the ones I had when I visited Doug in Guatemala.

Kel and Jen ordered tacos too while Gina and Dana went with quesadillas.

Confession: I was feeling pretty under the weather at our dinner so I didn't do my due diligence as far as sampling dishes other than my own or bugging people about what they thought of their food.

But that just means I have an excuse to go back with Doug and get his opinion! I'll keep you posted...

P.S. Fun fact: Mi Mero Mole is owned by Nick Zukin, "Zuke" of Kenny & Zuke's and the brains behind Extra MSG and PortlandFood.org. The more I learn about the Portland food and restaurant scene, the more I see what a small and interconnected community it actually is. Don't believe me? Check out this fun infographic from MIX Magazine's April issue. I know, right?

P.P.S. Mi Mero Mole just announced that they're starting a food and drink happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 4-5:30pm. Would prefer it go to 6pm so I could actually take part in it... but oh well.