Matador Date Night

Today, I’ve got another fun Portland restaurant to share! 
(I promise that this blog isn’t going to become just all restaurant reviews now, we’ve just eaten at a lot of great places during the past few weeks that I want to talk about!)

Casa Del Matador is a Mexican-style restaurant located in the NW/23rd St. area of Portland, which is one of my favorite parts of town. (Apparently, they also have another location in Portland, along with other places in the Pacific Northwest) Cam and I went there for a late dinner after the Oregon Brewers Festival on Saturday, and it seemed like quite the happening place to be! I loved that the restaurant had these giant open windows to create an indoor/outdoor dining experience, and I thought that the decor was really fun too. It seemed like the perfect place for a date or a girls’ night out!

I started with a cucumber jalepeno margarita with a chipotle salt rim–so good!
The low-lighting in the restaurant made for a cool atmosphere…but it was not so great for food photos! (In other words, please excuse the coloring/lack of clarity in these pictures!) In addition to delicious chips and salsa, Cam and I ordered the Braised Pork Sope for an appetizer which featured a masa cake topped with black beans, carnitas pork, smashed avocado, chipotle crema, and cojita cheese…it was really hearty and flavorful!
For dinner, I ordered one of their specials–Enchiladas al Pastor. The three braised pork enchiladas were covered in roasted garlic poblano crema and were topped with arugula and orange habanero pico de gallo, and they were excellent! The garlic crema was so delicious and the addition of the arugula made it really fresh.

Overall, I really liked this restaurant a lot. Cameron and I love Mexican food and I enjoyed the fact that Casa Del Matador was a little more fun and trendy than a typical mom-and-pop type place, while still being casual. It’s in a really cute part of town and the food and drinks we ordered were all delicious. I know we will definitely be coming back here again soon!

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