We often make a pit stop in Woodburn Oregon.
Well, at the outlet mall by the side of the I-5 anyway when we are on our way to or from California.
Usually we pull in late, grab and hour or two of shopping, eat whatever, sleep in the hotel and then head out early the next morning continuing on our journey.
But we found ourselves with some extra time to kill and get a jump on our shopping before heading to Portland.
It was nice and warm so we had a dip in the pool then got dressed and headed over to the mall.
Come dinner time we decided to do a little research and see what was in the area other than the Denny’s or Elmers.
We weren’t sure if there was an actual town of Woodburn or if it was just an off ramp.
Turns out there is an actual Woodburn!!
The Chef checked the internet and came up with a few selections of places we might try. All were Mexican places, which was fine by me, being that Mexican is in my top three favorite cuisines!
We had NO idea what we were in for!
We found ourself in what one might call “Little Mexico” if you were in a big city. The whole main strip was filled with Cantinas, Carnicerias and Taquerías not to mention a number of stores with a lot of fancy dresses and the craziest cowboy boots I’ve ever seen!
Finally we made our choice. Lupita’s!
Now if you can get past being just a little intimidated by the decor and the atmosphere you will be pleasantly surprised!
It is like walking into a different time and certainly a different place.
It is a big reception hall type place with horseshoe booths on one side and long tables in the middle. There were a number of people just sitting around watching a Mexican game show of some kind and they all stopped to look at us as we came in.
We just smiled and nodded and went to the counter to order then took a seat in one of the booths.
The nice lady brought us a basket of fresh cooked nacho chips and fresh salsas with our drinks.
Then an order of one of the freshest guacamoles I have ever tasted. I don’t have a picture of it because we gobbled it down before I had a chance.
Finally the main event. We both got the combo plates of tacos and enchiladas with rice, beans and salad.
I got the beef taco with chicken enchiladas while the Chef got the pork taco and chicken enchiladas.
The food was so flavourful and fresh tasting and certainly made with love!
And then I washed it down with a nice Mexican beer!
Meanwhile the locals kept strolling by checking us out and a couple of young boys rode their bike inside the restaurant, giggling all the while.
And the best part? The whole kit-an-kibootal only cost us $20 bucks…..for EVERYTHING!!
What a delightful time it was.
Then we wandered over to the town square for an evening concert.
If you ever find yourself in Woodburn, Oregon, do yourself a favour and venture into town. You will be pleasantly surprised!