Cocina Verde started out as a humble farm stand feeding kale-worshipping Sur La Table disciples at local markets before setting off for the big city with the opening of its Pearl District digs, where it still specializes in taking hyper-local, farm-fresh veggies and meats and transforming them into authentic Mexican wonders.
1. Verde Cocina
524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Verde Cocina is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team dedicated to using Portland area farms' freshest ingredients to make the tastiest Mexican food around. The restaurant, located in the fashionable Pearl District, is a testament to this goal, serving up delicious guacamole, carne asada, and they even have a tequila sampler menu.