I would drive right by this place for years because it looked like it is part of the bowling alley, but the first time I ever ate there, I was HOOKED!! This is the most authentic and yummy mexican food in town, they have excellent burritos, homemade tamales, and the tacos are supposed to be excellent but I simply can not deviate from my favorite burrito to try them!! Free chips and salsa and the salsa is all homemade. If you order your burrito with the hot salsa, watch out, it really is not for the faint of heart, but sooo good!! High quality, authentic, and my favorite mexican restaurant in town. I recommend this place to everyone I know.
I love mexican food, and El Portal Taqueria is a great, informal, and inexpensive place to go for everyday Mexican. Not my absolute favorite place in town (Marias Mexican Tacos takes that prize), but very deserving of the #2 spot. They are one of the busiest lunch spots in town, bringing in all the firefighters, policemen and construction guys, always a good sign that the food is going to be great taste for a great price. Fast and reliable, good quality meat and lots of it in the chicken burritos :)
If you want an honest to gosh Mexican family restaurant with food like grandma would cook, this is it. This is a locally owned and proudly run establishment where I eat about once a week. I think their carnitas plate and tacos are the best I have ever eaten. The burritos are wonderful. It's easy to find, next to Starbucks on Higgins Corner.