Hangout factor: Tamale Boy nails the high-low aesthetic of contemporary Portland dining. There are metal chairs, succulents in pots on the tables and a fantastic full-wall mural of the Mayan goddess Mayahuel juxtaposed with hand-painted wooden signs and an illuminated menu over the counter that would look right at home in a ‘60s drive-thru. The enormous decked patio, with a fire pit and umbrellas for shade, is sure to be packed this summer.”

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