North Portland continues its string of hits in the eatery department with Chalino. This casual restaurant and bar exercises a Mexican influence over some innovative Latino dishes. Start with the salsas on tap. With three to choose from there is something for everyone. Our roja and tomatillo choices paired perfectly with the incredibly fresh guacamole. A round of traditional margaritas carried us into the main event for the evening, Halibut cerviche, which drifted away from the traditional lime-forward approach to something a bit more orange-centric with watermelon radish to balance. The tostada was a fusion affair called Carnitas Vietnamitas, bridging the ocean between two cultures in a delightful taste triumph. The Red Pezole was the street food contender for the evening, with its simple and flavorful pork belly, egg and hominy stew. Service was fast and friendly and the space, inviting. Sit at the kitchen bar to get in on all the action.