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It was a Thursday evening and I had a craving for wings. We decided on a Wing place that was very close to our home. When we arrived, it was very busy and we decided to go somewhere else. As we were walking back to the car, we saw it. Portales Mexican Restaurant. It was in the same shopping center so we thought, why not.

The moment we walked in, we knew we had made a great choice. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat, the ambiance and decor was lively and inviting. The host sat us in a very cool booth that was painted in bright colors and each booth offered its own unique privacy.

As most Mexican restaurants do, we were quickly presented with salsa and chips. The salsa was very flavorful and a tad on the hot side, but nothing too drastic. It was the perfect consistency with just the right amount of thickness that allowed it to sit nicely on the very fresh tortilla chip. I also ordered the made fresh guacamole. I love guacamole and I was pleased with the Portales advocado wonder. It had the right amount of garlic, lime, and cilantro. It was nice and thick the way I prefer it. At this point our time at Portales is going great.

Our server, Greg was friendly and very attentive. He was able to answer any questions we had concerning the menu. Greg is the brother of the owner. Jose and Mayra Sevilla opened Portales about a year ago, and they have been blessed by great business and many return guests. Jose is from Jalisco, Mexico and he makes sure each dish has that authentic flair.

I decided on the Seafood Buritto and my wife had a Grilled Chicken Salad. We both made great choices. When the food arrived, we both commented on the generous portions. My burrito was huge. It was served with beans and rice. When I cut into the buritto, it was filled with talapia and shrimp. It was covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. It was delicious. It had the right amount of everything, the peppers, the onions, the cheese, all just the right amount so to let the seafood take its rightful place on my tastebuds. My wife was over the moon with her Grilled Chicken Salad. The chicken was cooked perfectly and she loved the seasoning and spices with the hint of citrus. She is a little on the picky side so she was equally pleased that they fixed the salad exactly leaving off the ingredients she did not want.

Portales was a great experience and I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for some great authentic Mexican food. The service was excellent and we liked it so much we went back the very next night. Portales is a hit on Germantown Parkway. A hit that you don’t want to miss.

Until next time, buenos Dias.

Portales Business Hours
  • Mon-Thurs          11am-9pm
  • Fri-Sat                  11am-10pm
  • Sun                       11am – 6pm
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Matthew Brewer
Guest Blogger
Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South.  He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.

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