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It's patio time at Tamale Boy in NE Portland

Enjoy tamales, margaritas and more on Tamale Boy's expansive patio. It makes for a wonderful neighborhood gathering place.
Enjoy tamales, margaritas and more on Tamale Boy's expansive patio. It makes for a wonderful neighborhood gathering place.
Elizabeth R. Rose

When Tamale Boy moved in to their brick and mortar restaurant on NE Dekum, they received rave reviews, mine included.

Margaritas are served with a smile at Tamale Boy
Elizabeth R. Rose

Whether you enjoy your tamale wrapped in a banana leaf or in a corn husk, you'll savor every last bit of your meal. I chose a Norteño Tamale ($3.50) filled with Tinga de Pollo Chicken cooked with onion, garlic, and chipotle. I love their beans so added a side of Frijoles Puercos ($2.00). Their bean recipe is native to Sinaloa. The beans are refried and cooked with bacon, ham, chorizo, chopped onion, and chipotle. They have a wonderful flavor.

Tamale Boy pays attention to what is good for you. Many ingredients are locally sourced. Some are marked gluten free and others, Vegan. This isn't the standard fatty Mexican-American fare you are used to. Think fresh, lower in calories and healthy.

This time, on a surprisingly early 80 degree evening, I wanted to experience their patio. As I entered the restaurant, I noticed that the vibrant mural had been completed. But what was even more evident were the bright smiles and helpful attitude of the staff. While you order at the counter, meals are served with a smile and, if you are out on the patio, they will come check on you to see if you have all you need.

The patio is shady in the late afternoon as the sun sets. There are patio umbrellas to hide under when the sun is high. It's a great place for children to play, for people to relax and enjoy a cerveza and to have a marvelous Tamale Boy meal. After the meal, one of the staff members offered us Mexican coffee - Gratis.

As the weather warms, you'll enjoy Tamale Boy's expansive patio. Whether you dine in, dine outside or take home your meal, Tamale Boy serves up some of the best tamales and sides I have experienced.

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Address: 1764 NE Dekum, Portland, OR
Phone: 503.710.6092
Hours: Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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