My initial thought when I entered Fina Taqueria on Willamette St. was how similar the decorations and atmosphere is to the restaurant Mucho Gusto. It turns out that the local owners of Fina Taqueria also own Mucho Gusto and Dickie Jo’s. We asked where Dickie Jo’s was located. The man at the register said it was on 13th Avenue and quickly added that they had the best milkshakes. That sounded pretty good at the time, but so did the list of delicious Mexican dishes on the Fina Taqueria menu. Compared to the menu at Mucho Gusto there are more options, such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Everything sounded so good, but I finally settled for a carnitas enchilada. It hit the spot.
The small restaurant has been around for four years. They recently changed their menu by adding a lot more options. The sitting area is rather small, and can get pretty loud. When we entered it was fairly quite, but near the end larger groups had found their way to the tables and were enjoying their meals. Voices kind of echo in the building, so if you wanted to have a private conversation it wouldn’t be the best place. However, it is perfect for that quick, delicious meal.
One of my favorite aspects of the restaurant is the giant fire pit in the outdoor sitting area. It seems perfect for those cooler spring or summer nights. We were tempted to sit out there, but opted for the more comfortable confines of the inside sitting area. On one of the walls spanned a giant mural. It had a repeated image of a woman painted with bright colors, such as reds, oranges, yellows, greens, and blues. It gave the restaurant that little extra spice that are typical in Mexican restaurants.
We left Fina Taqueria with full and happy stomachs. I have every intention on coming back and eating some good food…and enjoying the fire pit.