Breakfast at Casa de Tamales in Milwaukie, OR

Saturday after my hair appointment I decided to go out and have a late breakfast. I wasn’t sure which of my two favorite breakfast restaurants in downtown Milwaukie I wanted to eat at. They are both very good but totally different styles. I found a parking place in the same block as Casa de Tamales so that was where I ate breakfast. If there hadn’t been a close parking spot I would have driven a few blocks away to eat at Sully’s. Sully’s is red potatoes, fancy omelets with a special every weekend of fresh crab or shrimp, great corned beef hash, homemade strawberry jam, and really good bacon. Compare that to Casa de Tamales menu with a large variety of tamales, burritos, huevos rancheros, Spanish Omelet, chiliquil and other good Mexican foods. At Casa de Tamales I can order my meal using my poquito Spanish speaking skills.
Casa de Tamales has only been open about one year. I used to occasionally eat at their Canby Asparagus Farm booth at the Sunday farmer’s market. For many years they only sold their asparagus which is some kind of hybrid that has a hint of a pea taste to it. I once saw an episode on the Food Network that featured the farm and their deep fried asparagus recipe. Then they branched out and included all kinds of produce grown on their farm. A few years ago they began making food and every year the food menu grew until they finally realized that there were enough repeat customers that opening a restaurant would be a good idea. Casa de Tamales is just a block north of where the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market is held May – October.

These senoritas are having fun while they work. I think they were proud that I asked to take their photo. That is my Spanish Omelet being plated.

I don’t know how much this omelet weighed but it was humungous. It was filled with onions, red and green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and cheese. The veggie option is $8.00. You can add pork, chicken or beef for an addtional $2.00. I added pork.

Just in case you couldn’t tell how big the omelet was here is a close up. More than half of it was lunch the next day.

A couple of weeks after the restaurant opened there was a review in the Portland Tribune newspaper. The author wrote “The new restaurant’s décor is amusingly weird. A wall of closely hung art ranges from a signed Robert Pack poster to landscape paintings.”