Taco Protest

I will be the first to admit bad journalism on my part for this, but I was just in the area picking up take-out from Thai Ginger (the best Pad-Thai dish we have found so far in town). I noticed across the street a handful of folks protesting a taco place called Boulevard Taco. They were organized with pro signs and getting lots of people to honk their horns. I couldn’t take a photo as I left my phone at home. What’s the story on this? I did find some mention on the interwebs about a place called El Burrito that was forced out of the same location by the property owners. Taco controversies are a new thing for me. Whats the whole story here? Readers, I call for you to make sense of this situation!

8 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    Burrito Loco was forced out of business by the building owner, and they accused him of stealing their recipes with plans to open his own restaurant. Looks like they were right.

    alt.portland covered this in August of ’07:

    http://www.altportland.com/eatdrink/food/burrito_loco.shtml


  2. FeloniousMoz (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    I knew El Burrito Loco closed down, but didn’t know there was a “story” to it – hopefully someone can fill us in. The burritos were indeed crazy, I particularly liked the chile relleno special. Cheap yummy food, gastrointestinal nightmare later though. Mmmmm.

    I haven’t been to Thai Ginger since the owner and his wife sold it a few years ago, but I can affirm that place served amazing Phad Thai. Myself and other UP grads who moved out of NoPo dearly miss it.


  3. Lelo (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    The Sentinel is on top of it: http://portlandsentinel.com/?q=node/268


  4. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    yeah, I used to go to EBL at least once a week. My son was hooked on their food. I refuse to go to the new joint.

    Re: Thai food…I’m a HUGE fan of Sweet Basil (http://www.sweetbasilor.com/). I prefer to dine-in there as the joint has a good vibe. Also, they occasionally have 1 day cooking classes. I went a few years ago and now have mad science Thai skillz.


  5. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

    Oh! and don’t forget to check out Sweet Basil’s bar on the 1st floor:
    http://www.sweetbasilor.com/basilbar.html


  6. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

    McAngry – when we’ve gone to Sweet Basil the soups and appitizers were capital ‘F’ Fantastic – our main courses though…ehhh…. they were fine. Maybe I’m not ordering the right thing?


  7. jim (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

    There are some pretty funny comments on that Sentinel link. Looks to me like Boulevard Taco might be posting themselves in defense of their actions. I live 3 blocks away but will not be going there. That name alone….shameful.


  8. albert (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    If P-town wants to know the truth and not take words from either side, just go to the Portland Building and look at the building’s history. It shows that the owner of the building, Siamak Lofti has done some shady stuff since he has owned it. Oh yeah, he’s also the owner of Boulevard Tacos.



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