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Seeing a line out the door of ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria on a tuesday evening is a regular affair. Of course, it is Taco Tuesday, signifying all regular priced tacos are reduced by 50 cents. The tacos are well worth it to these customers. who happily wait in the chilly February air for a delectable array of meats folded neatly into a homemade tortilla.

When finally making it through the brightly painted door, customers are greeted with a refreshing and joyful sight. Knick-knacks cover the walls on rickety shelves. Mismatched lights create a cozy yet lively ambiance. Although a bit aberrant from other restaurants, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of underlying happiness sitting among this organized chaos. The tables and booths are practically stacked on top of each other in this small space. Although no one here seems to mind it much. The restaurant thrives as a social environment. The line to order creates a channel to meet fellow taco enthusiasts and discuss optimal items on the menu, as do the conjoined tables and booths.

These tacos are not only affordable, they are also quite mouth-watering as well. With flavors ranging from mild to sear-your-lips-off spicy, these tacos will have customers running back into line to order dozens more. Their house-made horchata, a creamy and frothy treat of sugary sweet and spicy cinnamon, refreshes the sizzling tastebuds between bites.

Located right up the road from the stretch of thrift stores on Hawthorne, ¿Por Qué No?, provides the satisfying and delicious conclusion for a day full of thrift shopping.  So if you ever find yourself in a rush on a Tuesday night, and cannot make it home in time for dinner, you know where to go for some of the best taco Tuesday deals in Portland.


3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215