No thank you, might be your initial thought seeing this hole in the wall Mexican restaurant on State Street east of the capitol. It's a tiny four table restaurant open 24 hours, serving standard Mexican fare from tacos to tortas. It's greasey but it's good. This place is not for the weak of heart, literally. The carne asada burrito is stuffed full of fatty steak, guacamole and salsa for $3.90. That's more than enough to fill you up and expect a grumbling noise from your stomach about three hours after lunch. One of the best things about this place is that it's right next to Mill Creek and some sort of city dam. On a hot, late summer day, the picnic benches along the waterfront can be full of locals from nearby homes and businesses.
Muchas Gracias is a chain of restaurants that has grown quickly all over western Oregon. They seem to take over odd buildings and turn them into profitable restaurants. There's an MG in Lincoln City that used to be a KFC. They must be having some success because the most recent openings have been in new strip malls including one near Home Depot off Salem Parkway and another near Sushi Kyo near lancaster.
One interesting thing about this State Street location that's interesting is the duck above the sign. Does anyone out there know the history of that sign? I'm guessing this may have been a drive thru burger stand back in the day. Anyone remember?