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If you're a follower of my eating adventures, you've probably noticed a couple of things about my eating habits.  1) I love Mexican food.  2)  I love breakfast.  So, when the opportunity arises, why not combine the two?  Today, I enjoyed a delicious Mexican breakfast of a hot, juicy bowl of menudo, at El Portal Taqueria, in downtown Lincoln.

As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Today I decided to explore the back country between Lincoln and Auburn, and when you're out in the country, admiring the beautiful, green spring scenery, it gets to be hungry business.  So, I decided to begin my day at El Portal Taqueria.  Since it is Sunday morning, a bowl of menudo was calling, and since I'd surfed the restaurant's web site, I knew I could count on menudo being served.  It's shortly after 9 in the morning on Sunday, April 23, 2017, and I'm ready to enjoy menudo.

Photo:  Since I arrived shortly after the restaurant opened, I was the only customer, and for a few minutes, I had the restaurant all to myself.  That makes a great opportunity to take photos without pestering other diners!  Note the main dining room is a mixture of tables and booths, with a small counter.  I sat at the counter, on the chair to the outside.

El Portal Taqueria is different than most taquerias, as it's mostly a sit-down restaurant, and you actually receive service.  You walk in the door, seat yourself at a table, and the friendly server will greet you, and bring you a menu, and a complimentary basket of chips, and a bowl of in-house made salsa.  The only catch is when you're finished with your meal, you pay at the register.  Note there isn't a menu posted above the kitchen.

Photo:  Before paying a visit to El Portal Taqueria, I had surfed their web site, so I knew menudo was served on weekends.  I sat myself at the counter, and was greeted by Janet, my friendly server.  I ordered a bowl of menudo, with corn tortillas - you get to choose between corn or flour tortillas - I always choose corn.  She asked me if I'd like a bone in my soup, and I said, "Sure, why not?"  

Janet is filling a small bowl with lime quarters, diced onion and cilantro, which are the garnishes offered with the menudo.  The gentleman in the rear of the photo is filling my bowl from a large pot, simmering on a back burner. El Portal Taqueria's kitchen is mostly open for plain view, and I'm a sucker for kitchen photos.

Photo:  After placing my order, my bowl of menudo arrived in only about five minutes.  My friendly server, Janet, serves me with a smile.

Photo:  Thanks, Janet, for snapping my photo, as I prepare to enjoy a breakfast feast.  The black dish is a tortilla warmer, with keeps the tortillas warm and moist.  There is nothing better than dipping a warm, moist corn tortilla into a large bowl of menudo.

Photo:  All of this amazing food for only $6.95, which is a couple dollars below what most taquerias charge.  The menudo was delicious, and the chips were fresh, and hadn't been sitting under a heat lamp.  Since I was driving, I had to forget a beer, and settle for a glass of ice water.  No charge for the ice water, of course.  This is a delicious breakfast!

Photo:  Close-up photo of a bowl of delicious menudo, which is definitely breakfast "comfort food" in northern Mexico.  I love it!  At first, I didn't think my menudo had hominy - menudo must have hominy in my book - but, to my surprise, it was hiding under the juicy trips, and when I stuck my spoon in the bowl, the hominy came floating to the service.  Such a delicious breakfast!

El Portal Taqueria opens their doors at every morning at nine, and the restaurant features many of your Mexican breakfast favorites, and menudo on Saturday and Sunday.  I paid $6.99 for a large bowl of delicious menudo, a stack of five corn tortillas, along with onion and cilantro, and a basket of chips, along with fresh, in-house made salsa, which is about $2.00 cheaper than most Mexican restaurant.  Note that if I was hungry, I could have enjoyed seconds on the chips and salsa; all I would have had to do is ask my friendly hostess.  The food is great, you're served with a smile, and the price is very reasonable.  El Portal Taqueria serves delicious Mexican cuisine in downtown Lincoln.

El Portal Taqueria
149 Lincoln Blvd.
Lincoln, CA 95648
916 434-1122

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