Yes, as you’ll be able to tell from the photos here, we went to Xico early last month, back when there was this thing called…the sun, hanging bright in the sky. Even though it is all cold and rainy now, I suggest going to Xico and getting yourself a margarita — that will definitely lighten up the evening.
During our visit, we sat in the back patio area and enjoyed a very good meal. But really, the actual inside of the restaurant looked super cozy too. I’d imagine it will be a great place this fall and winter for a few drinks, enchiladas, quesadillas and other assorted Mexican dishes. The vibe is slightly upscale and authentic Mexican fare (sort of like Nuestra Cocina further down on Division) but Xico is a shorter walk for us in the rain, so that is a definite bonus. I liked it and would definitely go again.
They also have lunch and a lunch window. I think my new goal is to try a Sonoran hot dog (Grilled Nathan’s all beef frank, bacon, salsa verde, eye-of-goat beans, cotija, crema, pico de gallo) one day very, very soon!
3715 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
Okay, let’s look at some pictures from that delicious, sunny dinner on the patio out back.
Classic Xico Margarita: Sauza Gold, fresh lime juice, Triple sec.
Outdoor bamboo among the tables.
Totopos con chile: Xico tortilla chips dipped in chile de arbol salsa, cotija, crema, lime. Good — a little like nachos/a little like chilaquiles.
Pollo Asado in Teleloloapan Red Molé: Rotisseried chicken in red molé of guajillo & ancho chiles, chocolate, fried raisins & 24 ingredients with rice, sesame seed & chile chocolate salt Xico tortillas.
One more shot of the Pollo Asado, as it was very photogenic and quite good. I thought this was a little spicy and complex, while the chicken was very tender.
My choice for the evening: Quesadillas rojas with cabbage & carrot curtido, Oaxacan black beans, tomatillo-avocado salsa.
A view inside the quesadillas – Pork belly in adobo, chile tortillas, Spanish cheese, queso fresco.
Dessert: Mexican drinking chocolate with a sweet sopaipilla.
A cozy spot near the front of the restaurant, looking out on Division street.