There may be plenty of places to sit at Oswaldo Bibiano's Mexican restaurant, but the best one is perched atop a stool at the bar that wraps around an open kitchen where you can watch as the corn tortillas, which you’ll use to sponge up the over-easy egg and black beans of your huevos rancheros, are pressed. As is always the case with rancheros, it's the sauce that matters, and Bibiano's pumpkin-orange-tomato sauce hits the right notes, especially the tomato one, which, in other kitchens, is so often obscured by herbs and cooking methods that result in sauces that simply taste red. But if you really want to treat yourself to some true down home cooking, order a bowl of menudo—if you're brave enough. Yes, it's made with tripe, includes the bones from a cow’s foot, and is bittered (pleasantly) with epazote, but the protein-rich broth, made from marrow and seasoned with garlic, oregano and guajillo chilies, is robust and will right whatever you've wronged the night before. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m every Saturday and Sunday.
Autentica, 5507 NE 30th Ave., 503.287.7555
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5507 NE 30th Avenue
Portland OR 97211