Family, Friends & Food -

Nothing means more.  These are the things that sustain us, that make us feel whole. There is nothing that gives us greater pleasure than serving good food to and with our friends and family.

Verde Cocina was born from the need to make healthy food accessible and delicious. We started out creating fresh, packaged, gluten free foods for health programs, and then for OHSU and other retailers, which we still do. Now, our joy is bringing the best of the Northwest's bounty to you, our friends, with our unique Mexican flair, through the incredible venue of Portland Metro's farmers markets and our own cafés in Hillsdale, North Portland on Mississippi Ave, the Pearl District, and just up from the Oregon Zoo in Sylvan Highlands.

All of our kitchens have been gluten free from day one. Our menu items include locally sourced produce, meats, and dairy whenever possible. We remain committed to offering menu options for everyone from the typical omnivore, the Paelo minded, or Vegan devoted to name just a few of the food lifestyles we serve.

Chef Noé Garnica is from Guanajuato, Mexico, where he grew up farming, making a sustainable living for his very large family (11 brothers and sisters!).  His wife Anna grew up in a small town in rural California, where agriculture was a way of life, and meandering through orange groves was a common childhood pastime. Noé and Anna met while working in a restaurant in the Monterey Bay area of California.

In 2008, opportunity met something close to preparedness and we started our business on a wing and a prayer, while Anna was pregnant with our third child in the midst of one of the world's worst recessions. Years later, with the help of Noé's brothers, we're still here -- which is something to say.  We're proud of our accomplishments, and happy to be working in the most beautiful part of the world.

Why "Verde Cocina?"

Shouldn't it be Cocina Verde? What's with the grammatically incorrect name? 

Thank you for noticing!

The reason for the deliberately incorrect grammar is that we wanted the "Verde" to be predominant whenever someone thinks of us.  And we wanted to avoid the generic "La" -- which, if we were to be completely correct, would come before "Cocina Verde." Basically, "La Cocina Verde" would have put us in alphabetic order with half the other Mexican restaurants in town!  We wanted to be different, and we wanted to be "Verde."

So...Verde Cocina -- it works for us!