Try Tacos and Tequila on the Waterfront at Three Degrees

Nothing says summer like a margarita and some freshly grilled fish tacos, and it’s even better if you have them in the sun by a river. Luckily, Three Degrees has all this covered with their annual summer TD’s Tacos & Tequila, a pop-up restaurant on the waterfront serving, appropriately, tacos and tequila.

Three Degrees serves as the restaurant and bar for the Kimpton Riverfront Hotel, and every summer it sets up a grill, bar, and counter out back right on the waterfront walkway. Roughly a dozen guests can join, sitting on backed stools at the riverside counter under some helpfully placed umbrellas to block the direct sun. The tacos are grilled to order right there, and most of them are excellent.

The best are the rotating fish tacos, always filleted that very day. The chile rubbed albacore tuna ($4) is lightly garnished with a cucumber jicama relish and lime crema, and is deliciously mild and fresh. This dish is perfect with a smoky Vida Mezcal ($10), one of the best mezcals at that price point. The Rockfish A La Tall ($5) is likewise delicious, zestier and spicier with an olive tomato relish and marinated habañeros.

Other standouts include the vegetarian Charred King Oyster Mushroom ($5), with grilled onion and chimichurri, and the very not vegetarian Tequila Braised Pork Belly ($4), with mango, peanut salsa, and crispy chicharron.

Margaritas are $9 and are excellent, but a more fun option is the Paloma De Tamarindo ($11), an enticing and refreshing mixture of Vida Mezcal, grapefruit soda, lime, and tamarind. Served in a clay mug, it goes down far too easy. There’s also the delicious Spicy Strawberry Margarita ($10), which is a vivid red crowd pleaser. Beers include Pabst and some Mexican lagers in cans and bottles, as well as a single rotating draught beer.

Taco purists might rightfully balk at $4 and $5 price points on tacos, but the quality of ingredients used, as well as the lovely setting, help justify it. It’s hard to argue with when you’re sitting in the sun, sipping a margarita, and watching a crew team row down the Willamette River; it’s worth the splurge for a lovely summer treat.

Photo via Alexander Frane

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
The Best Things We Drank This Year At Feast in Portland 2017

The Best Things We Drank This Year At Feast in Portland 2017

Now that we've had a few days to recover, here is Drink Portland's list of the best things we drank at Feast, all to get you excited for next year....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 19, 2017
Shiner Beer Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Irma Relief

Shiner Beer Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Irma Relief

As hurricanes continue to devastate the US some breweries are helping out, including most recently The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 19, 2017
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 in Portland

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 in Portland

Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture, food, and, most importantly, beer, is almost upon us, and Portland has a few place to celebrate. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 12, 2017
SPONSORED
You Can Get Drunk on Popcorn Now, If You Really Want To

You Can Get Drunk on Popcorn Now, If You Really Want To

A U.K. based company is making alcohol-infused popcorn at 5% ABV, if you really feel compelled to get drunk off your movie snack....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Sep 12, 2017
Drink Portland's 2017 Feast Survival Guide

Drink Portland's 2017 Feast Survival Guide

So you're going to Feast Portland, the Northwest's largest - and best - food and drink festival....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 12, 2017
A Washington Distillery Makes Pickle Vodka and We're Into It

A Washington Distillery Makes Pickle Vodka and We're Into It

Blue Spirits Distilling has created a 120-proof, pickle flavored vodka that is just begging to be poured into your next Bloody Mary....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Sep 12, 2017
You Can Now Drink Red Wine Out of a Forty, Just in Time for Fall

You Can Now Drink Red Wine Out of a Forty, Just in Time for Fall

If you're mourning the end of rose-in-a-forty season, don't worry: Forty Ounce Wines is now producing its first red wine in a forty, just in time for ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Sep 11, 2017
Portland's Nerdiest Bars

Portland's Nerdiest Bars

Portland is a nerdy city: home to three of the largest comic book companies, we host two different comic-cons every year, have trivia every night of t...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 6, 2017
Lagunitas Brewing Co. Has Launched a Cannabis Beer

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Has Launched a Cannabis Beer

Working with CannaCraft Inc., a cannabis-extract manufacturing facility in nearby Santa Rosa, Lagunitas created the SuperCritical Ale, flavored with t...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Sep 6, 2017
Carnival Cruise Lines has Opened the First Brewery at Sea

Carnival Cruise Lines has Opened the First Brewery at Sea

The Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines has hopped aboard the microbrewing trend with the founding of RedFrog Brewery, the first ever craft brewery on a...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Sep 6, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close