Santana Mexican Food is located near SW 9th and Alder in downtown Portland, Oregon. This cart has been around since late summer 2011.
There are a lot of Mexican food carts in Portland, so it takes that extra step (hint: very spicy food option) to give me a little more incentive to head in that direction. Enter Santana's. Lorena is the lovely woman taking orders at the window. I don't speak much Spanish, and I found out that English isn't her first language. But no language barrier could deceive my observations.
At least a couple of customers who ordered before me were in a joyous mood, talking to Lorena in Spanish, and happily awaiting their food. Soon thereafter, other people stepped up to the window. Lorena smiled and acknowledged each person. I had no clue what to get; everything looked so good. Lorena just smiled and told me to take my time, no rush.
|Menu (January 2012)|
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The orange habanero sauce is in the small container!
The fajita plate takes a bit longer to prepare than other dishes, but Santana's offers tacos and burritos, should one be in a hurry. There are meat and vegetarian options that should cater to almost all customers. Check out Santana's ASAP! 7.5/10