Pastor tacos from Quesabrosa
Pastor tacos from Quesabrosa Suzette Smith

Those who dream of respect, long for the reverence that Quesabrosa customers show the cart's staff. During a recent visit, I observed multiple uses of "please," "thank you," and a woman who gushed, "Before, I used to come here for the Superburrito, but that was until I had the carnitas. They're so good."

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Quesabrosa is tucked away on the bicycle boulevard of North Williams. The signage barely announces the kind of magic you'll find inside—"Tacos Burritos" and then (on a smaller placard underneath), "homemade tortillas." But the name translates from Spanish to English as something along the lines of "that's delicious" or "what tastiness!"

The secret to Quesabrosa's devoted following is a confluence of great things (food, ambiance, sauce) all found beneath the cart's unassuming arched entry. Venture beneath and you'll see no less than three separate eating areas—covered from sun and rain—built around the Quesabrosa taco cart.

One of Quesabrosa's outdoor, covered cafe areas.
One of Quesabrosa's outdoor, covered cafe areas. Suzette Smith

The back courtyard offers low key, verdant privacy. The front decks allow for light and people watching. It's like a secret garden where the inhabitants share a unifying respect for Mexican street tacos. And empanadas. And homemade sauce with a hand-written sign on the self-serve cooler, reminding customers not to take extra for their roommates.

When considering the Quesabrosa menu, the Superburrito jumps to the front, but don't let its extravagance make you lose sight of the menu's other gems. Like the woman quoted at the beginning of this review, I too initially came for the cart's massive Superburrito—basically a whole day's eating inside one delicious and well-secured tortilla—before I discovered Quesabrosa's tacos.

Quesabrosa's taco game is uniformly on point. I like the fish and the carnitas, but on this particular day, I tried on the pastor. It arrived with more spicy, sweet grilled pork than my three corn tortillas could contain.

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How you plan on eating your meal will impact your approach to each taco's double tortillas. If you're walking quickly on your way, you'll be able to handily hold that taco with the extra tortilla for support, no matter how much sauce you liberally apply. If you're enjoying any of Quesabrosa's lovely cafe areas, then you can peel off the extra tortilla and turn three tacos into five or six.

Quesabrosa's hard tacos are also very worth your time. The correct psychic could discern fate from the unique and crunchy shapes that each hard shell taco takes.

Quesabrosa, 3954 N Williams, (503) 288-5157, quesabrosapdx.com