In the morning and early afternoon, Baja Bistro functions as a coffeehouse and Mexican diner, with Stumptown coffee, pastries, chilaquiles, breakfast tacos, and so forth. At dinnertime, Baja Bistro becomes a casual outpost for authentic Baja California–style Mexican cuisine. Owner Oscar Castro says, “All our recipes are my mom’s and grandmother’s… everything’s created in-house—tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa. Even the margarita mix is fresh-squeezed.” The result is simple, humble, family-style Mexican food of a quality that can’t be faked. And speaking of margaritas, starting at 3 p.m., Baja Bistro’s bar is open, offering a happy-hour menu until 6 p.m. and drinks all night long—and becoming very, very gay on Wednesdays. This place is magical.
2410 Beacon Ave S,
Hours: Mon-Thurs 3 pm-midnight, Fri-Sun 3 pm-2 am
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Snacks Available, Dog Friendly
Cocktail Lounge, Neighborhood Joint
Daily 3-6 pm ($3 beer, $7 wells and wine by the glass, $8 margaritas; $2.50 tacos, $2 off all appetizers).