Fourteen years ago, when the Hernandez family moved from Mexico City to the United States, they had one dream: to open a restaurant where they could share their beloved hometown cuisine.
After years of hard work, they bought a food truck in Portland. Miguel Hernandez, the patriarch, wanted to have more space so he could expand the menu. Several months ago, the family of four opened Los Alambres on Mill Plain Boulevard.
The name Los Alambres translates into English as “the wires.” Alambre is a decadent dish of grilled Mexican sausage, carne asada, bell peppers, onions, and ham topped with melted cheese and served with corn tortillas.
The extensive menu at Los Alambres has specialties from Mexico City, a food lover’s paradise, that aren’t commonly found here. There are huaraches (a slab of tender corn tortilla stuffed with beans and topped with green salsa, onion, cilantro and crumbled cotija cheese), tlacoyo (corn tortilla stuffed with pressed pork, topped with beans, green salsa, onion cilantro and cotija cheese), kekas (thin corn tortilla folded and filled with pork, onions, cilantro, lettuce and cotija cheese), and pambazos (grilled bread seeped in guajillo chile sauce filled with potatoes, chorizo, lettuce, sour cream and Mexican cheese).
There are small dishes like rich gorditas, tasty tacos and gooey quesadillas. If you have a healthy appetite, there’s a long list of enormous torta sandwiches and an 18-inch long quesadilla called The Machete that is filled with mushrooms, cheese, velvety huitlacoche, squash blossoms, beef, pastor, chorizo, and various types of stewed beef (suadero, birria). To make The Machete, the Hernandez family imported a special tortilla press from Mexico.