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Pollo Norte Portland Restaurant Review


When I first moved to Portland, I visited Pollo Norte‘s original location on NE Killingsworth with a friend for dinner. She and I sat at the counter, devouring tortillas, chicken, cabbage and potatoes and beans. And it was heaven. For starters, it was a place where Celiacs are definitely welcome and would love. EVERYTHING on the menu is gluten free except for the beer.  You can read more about their story here.

The menu is simple:

  • Rotisserie Chicken (seasoned with achiote, sea salt, lime and chili)
  • Two different kinds of beans
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Slaw

That’s it. And everything is gluten free along with vegetarian/vegan options for those that need it. CELIAC HEAVEN!


One of the best things about the meal is the cabbage that it comes with. When my friend and I devoured our meal, we asked what made the cabbage so good?!  It’s because all of the drippings from the chicken fall onto the cabbage. So smart.


The tortillas are perfectly cooked, perfectly warmed and perfectly charred. Apologies that the photo of our food is not the best. I was too hungry to stop and take the perfect photo with this plate of food in front of me today!


The Artist and I ordered a whole chicken with two large sides and two margaritas and the total was $44. And we had leftovers to take home.

While the menu is simple, it is truly flavorful food. The flavors of the chicken, the potatoes, the beans, the salsas, the tortillas…and that cabbage!!….all come together so wonderfully.  And the staff is incredibly nice. We had lunch at their 2nd location today – the guys working there were great!

If you’re in Portland or traveling to Portland, I highly recommend you pay a visit to Pollo Norte. Love this place!

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