Hood River’s Choice for Authentic Mexican Cuisine

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Taste of the Town: El Puerto De Angeles III

By Angie Helvey, Contributing Writer | Photos by Henry Schifter

Hood River offers an array of attractions, from its stunning vistas of Mount Hood to the exhilaration of windsurfing on the Columbia River. You can indulge in beer and wine tastings, explore charming small-town boutiques and savor delectable dining experiences. Just enquire of Erik Lopez, who owns and manages El Puerto De Angeles III.

Originally from Tepatitlán in Jalisco, Mexico, Erik moved to Hood River and acquired the eatery known then as El Tapatio from a fellow hometown native. In January 2008, Erik introduced El Puerto De Angeles III, where he consistently dishes up the area’s most mouthwatering and authentic Mexican cuisine.

Famous for its gigantic portions at affordable prices, the menu itself at El Puerto De Angeles III is also enormous, with an array of options to satisfy any craving. Erik recommends the Big Boy Platters, especially those that include the juicy, flavorful carne asada and camarones al mojo de ajo or garlic butter shrimp. Guests can also choose from an ample selection of burritos, soups, salads, fajitas, enchiladas, combination plates and traditional Mexican steak, chicken, pork, seafood and egg dishes. There are more than 10 delicious entrée options for the vegetarian diner and a kid’s menu for little ones. And, for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a delightful variety of desserts, from fried ice cream and creamy flan to crispy sopapillas and apple chimichangas.

Erik’s margaritas are the best in Hood River, expertly crafted with a choice of tequilas and fun fruit flavors, such as strawberry, peach, huckleberry and kiwi. Micheladas, Palomas and other specialty cocktails are great accompaniments to your meal, or enjoy an ice-cold Mexican beer. Horchata, Jarritos or Shirley Temples are also tasty options.

Erik’s commitment to creating a warm ambiance has earned El Puerto De Angeles III a loyal local clientele. Known around town for having friendly and efficient service, the restaurant provides a relaxed environment with a beautiful outdoor patio guests can enjoy.

Whether you’re a local seeking a fresh dining spot or a traveler passing through the Columbia Gorge, be sure to make a stop at El Puerto De Angeles III. Enjoy an authentic Mexican feast indoors, or if it’s a nice day, take pleasure in a chilled margarita on the patio. If you ask a Hood River local, they’ll direct you straight to El Puerto for the best Mexican food in the city.

El Puerto De Angeles III is located at 1306 12th Street in Hood River. View their menu and order online at puertodeangeles3.com, or give them a call at (541) 308-0005.