Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Casa del Matador

2424 East Burnside
Happy Hour: 4 - 6 PM and 10 PM - 1 AM

Casa del Matador (more commonly known--but with risk for confusing it with The Matador on West Burnside--as The Matador) has the BEST margaritas that I've had in a very long time. And there are so many to choose from. I was in the middle of deciding between two when I picked a third based on the server's suggestion (and she wasn't even talking to me). SO good!

After all that debate, I ended up ordering the Tamarind Margarita (just eight dollars) and was completely satisfied. The rim of the pint glass had a thick dusting of cinnamon and sugar that added so much to the experience with its sweet smell.

Knowing in advance that the Texas Size Nachos were of a fairly good size (not exactly the size of Texas but bordering on gigantic), the three of us decided to split the plate. I also ordered the Romaine salad (with a dressing that did not contain anchovy paste).

The salad was a covered in a cotija cheese and had plenty of tomatoes and what looked like (but didn't carry the heat of) jalapeno peppers. My dressing was on the side and had a great flavor (it was a creamy balsamic) but wasn't exactly necessary with all of the flavors of the salad. It was definitely a good sized portion but still seemed a bit high in price at five dollars.

And then there were the nachos. And there were so many of them. They were covered in black beans (something that I LOVE) and had a great deal of guacamole and fresh pico de gallo. Plenty of cheese, too. If I had ordered these on my own I would have been SO overwhelmed...but going in on the order made this the perfect sized meal.

Our server was pretty fantastic, too. The place wasn't exactly busy, but she was quick to return with water, brought extra salsa out for our nachos, and offered up the dessert menu in a not-too-pushy-but-awfully-convincing manner...which is exactly why we split the Chocolate Decadence before leaving. And it was decadent. The chocolate cake is nearly flourless (so says the menu) and served warm with one scoop of vanilla ice cream and the most amazing caramel sauce. It's not on the happy hour menu (too bad) but at six dollars, this dessert was SO worth it. (And it was worth the calories, too.) I recommend it to everyone who stops by, whether it be for happy hour or dinner.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Exceeds
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets


Casa del Matador


  1. One of my favorite spots in Portland! The one on NW 23rd is great- the walls open up in the summertime. Food is always good. Service is good. Love that they use black beans.

    The jalapeño poppers will set your mouth on fire!