The Torres de Morelos rig on the south side of Powell and 32nd. (TS)
Between the Motel 6 and the sketchiest tune-up garage in Portland sits an old Ford catering truck named Torres de Morelos.
The address is SE 32nd and Powell, the license plate is real, and the burritos sold from within are equal parts huge and delicious.
The white truck hasn’t moved in about three years, so it may not be drivable, but her burrito kitchen runs like a biodiesel Benz. We’re talking about five minutes for a $5 burrito that could very well weigh five pounds and obscure all five digits in your hand.
A grown man's hand lies beneath this burrito. (TS)
Options for most meals include asada, pollo, chorizo, pastor, pescado, lengua, tripa, carnitas, buche and caveza. There is also a veggie burrito, tacos for a buck and a quarter, and quesadillas for $6, but most of the SEP buzz is about the marinated pollo (chicken), the savory asada (steak) or the fine-grained chorizo (sausage).
As with many of the classier dining establishments in Portland, the hours are unlisted and seating and parking are extremely limited, if not nonexistent. However, lately, it has been usually possible to get a burrito before 8 p.m. on any day but Sunday.
Next time a date calls you from the Safari Club, or an ejection ends your soccer game at Cleveland High, remember the Towers of Morelos–a Powell-organic business selling cuisine from Mexico, an organic country.