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The Best Mexican Comida in Corvallis

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Carnitas and Lenga Tacos at Tacos Uruapan

Carnitas and Lenga Tacos at Tacos Uruapan


It’s not hard to exhaust the dining options in small-town Corvallis. And unfortunately many of the restaurants here are expensive (perhaps to make up for inconsistent traffic). Corvallis cuisine could also stand to gain more ethnic diversity.

So Tacos Uruapan, an inconspicuous joint on 3rd St. on the industrial outskirts of Southtown Corvallis, is a rare gem. We devoured two steaming dinner platters, of carnitas (roast pork) and lengua (beef tongue) tacos and chile relenos, plus a Pepsi, for $16.50. The pork and especially the tongue were succulent with just enough grease, cut with squeezes of salsa verde and fresh lime. I love the bare-bones simplicity of authentic Mexican tacos in soft corn tortillas: chunks of braised meat, onion or radish and cilantro, with no distracting tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream or cheese. Think outside the border, indeed.

A cute indigenous Mexican couple from Oaxaca spoke little English but said they had run the restaurant for two years. Many of the Mexicans here hail from the culinary-rich state of Oaxaca, the one place in Mexico we’ve been. The owners of Tacos Uruapan reminded us of the Indo-Trinidadian couple who ran perhaps our favorite takeout spot in Baltimore: the Trinidad Gourmet. Wife in the kitchen, husband taking the orders at the counter. But thankfully the food comes out much more quickly at Tacos Uruapan.

Written by baltimoregon

December 14, 2008 at 1:52 am

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  1. Is the Latino population of Corvallis large enough to support taco trucks? and have you found where they park? they are a great source of cheap and simple food.


    December 14, 2008 at 10:10 am

  2. Portland has lots of those taco trucks. I think this restaurant sets one up but only in warm weather months.

    Would love to check out those taco trucks when we see you in San Fran, and have some of those luscious Mission-style burritos!


    December 14, 2008 at 10:23 am

  3. For yummy places to eat in C-town check out this link –


    December 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm

  4. Thanks are you with the Corvallis tourism office? You should star Tacos Uruapan on the site.


    December 16, 2008 at 2:06 am

  5. […] Tacos Uurapan, while delicious, can no longer lay claim to the best Mexican comida in town. La Roca is where […]

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