The attraction of this SE spot starts at the street, with its vibrant colors calling out to the bustle of 12th Ave. Teote’s charm doesn’t stop at the door. The whole vibe and attitude are so strictly Portland, you would be ticketed for even thinking to question the mood, which is genuine. Then there’s the food. The menu foundation is based on the Latin American arepas, a small flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour found throughout Colombia and Venezuela street food scenes. The variety of slow-cooked meats and sauces deliver an array of flavor ranging from mild to wild. Larger plates include a collection of grilled lamb, pork and beef all done to a fall-off-the-bone perfection. Fresh and local forward anchors the Teote menu. Vegetarian options include traditional black beans along with plantains, salads and sides. Go for a bowl when on the light side of appetite, hit one of the plates if you’re famished. But don’t forget your thirst. How about Margarita Mondays to start. Teote has a great selection of tequilas and mescals to liven-up any dining party. Local beers along with Tecate on tap round out the offerings. If you’re coming in with your crew, you might consider the “La Cena” menu items. These feature either grilled or shredded meat selections including all the fixings for a party of four. Great option if you’re in a sharing state of mind. My favorites are the pernile and mole arepas and a side of their fantastic guacamole. Si,si,si!