The View From Maya’s

The View with MAX

One of my favorite places in Portland: the window seats at Maya’s Taqueria at SW 10th and Morrison.

The Central Library is a block away, the MAX train stop across the street, Powell’s City of Books just down the street. For years and years, I’ve sat in this window, enjoying a tasty Mexican meal (their verde chicken is tops) and watched people go by.

I remember the very first time I was here. I was an employee at Powell’s, back in the early 90s, and Clyde and Peggy asked me if I wanted Mexican for lunch. We walked in, and I was a bit intimidated by the long counter, blocked off with plexiglass, and the giant menuboard of choices. Red sauces or green sauces? I couldn’t decide. “I assume the red one is the spicy one?” I asked.

Clyde laughed, “That’s not always the case. You gotta ask.”

Turns out the green sauces is the spicy one at Maya’s. That was also the first time I ever ate a burrito with a fork.

I love this spot. Day or night, dry or rain, workday or weekend, so many people.