10 Ways to Eat Out or Order In This Thanksgiving

"From expertly stocked produce boxes at Rubinette to full-on seafood jamborees at Headwaters, Portland has you covered."

By Eleanor Van Buren  11.15.17

Photo Credit: Alan Weiner Photography

Verde Cocina

"11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Thu, Nov 23, $40 per person, $12 for children 7–12
You can’t possibly feel better about a T-Day dinner. Verde Cocina (the Sylvan Highlands location near the Oregon Zoo) is giving away all proceeds from its three-course meal to the Oregon Food Bank, and the food is gluten-free, with paleo, vegetarian, and vegan dinner menus." 


Mindful Menus: The Best Healthy Kid’s Menus Around PDX

Red Tricycle, 1.4.17

Our four Verde Cocina café locations included in Red Tricycle's line up!

"With four locations in the Portland area (Hillsdale, Mississippi, the Pearl and Sylvan Highlands), it's easy to eat healthy with your niños in tow! Try the Huevos: scrambled eggs and veggies in a tortilla, served with beans and fruit."


The 15 Best Places for Paleo Food in Portland

Foursquare, 8.23.16

Verde Cocina listed as one of 15 of the best places in Portland, Oregon to find Paleo. 

"Wonderful farm-to-table place! The food is delicious w/ guilt-free good-for-you ingredients. Everything is gluten free and they even have a paleo bowl! Must try the bacon (big chunks of pork belly)!!"


Healthy Dining in Portland: An East Coast Foodie’s Guide

Rachel Drukenmiller of Rachel's Nourishing  Kitchen, 8.6.16

Verde Cocina included in Rachel's recommended line up of Healthy, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free Portland Restaurants. 

"During the six days we were in Portland, we made the rounds and tried over a dozen different eateries, all of which offered and often specialized in gluten-free, dairy-free options that tasted as good as, if not better than, the originals.

If you’re traveling to Portland (or if you live there and want to check out some new spots) AND are looking for nourishing and delicious options, use this list as your guide."



Mississippi's North Light to Become Fourth Verde Cocina

Verde Cocina on N. MISSISSIPPI

Verde Cocina on N. MISSISSIPPI

PDX Eater, 6.16

"Mississippians— Prepare for farmers market-fresh Mexican food

One of Portland's best known Mexican food options, Verde Cocina started in Portland's farmers markets, and the relationship has never dwindled. Owners and husband and wife Noé and Anna Garnica still serve its gluten-free chilaquiles and gringas con molé bolstered by produce and meats from local farms—not to mention their own hand-made corn tortillas. Now, Verde Cocina tells Eater it's opening its fourth brick and mortar at 3746 N Mississippi Ave, in the former home of now-shuttered North Light.

'We've been looking for a place on the east side for a long time—since right after we opened our first location five years ago,' Anna tells Eater. The Garnicas aren't ready to release an opening date but do report the fourth Verde Cocina should open mid June."  READ MORE

Verde Cocina Announces New N Mississippi Outpost

Portland Monthly, 6.16

"Like many of our favorite local stalwarts, Northwest-inspired Mexican operation Verde Cocina won our hearts years ago as a scrappy farmers market booth, gathering ultra-fresh produce from adjacent vendors and transforming it into mouthwatering mole plates." 

Restaurants to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

Oregonian / Oregonlive.com, 1.16

Verde Cocina

"Now with three Portland-area brick-and-mortar locations, this farmers market favorite focuses on healthy versions of Mexican favorites, including salads, ceviche and a tofu mole, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available." 

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Portland's Best Lunch Restaurants in Downtown and the Pearl

PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Labarge for Verde cocina

PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Labarge for Verde cocina

PDX Eater, 9.15

Verde Cocina en la Perla

"If you’re cruising by car up NW 14th Avenue, you just might miss this spacious neighborhood favorite that serves bright and fresh Mexican food using local veggies and ancient grains. So park your car and walk however many blocks it takes to get chef-owner Noe Garnica's huevos rancheros, chorizo hashes, and gringas con molé."

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Adventure Brunches – For Those Who Brunch Outside the Box



Portland Mercury, 7.15

"For those who want a little extra "fresh" with their brunching activities, the highly regarded Verde Cocina has the recipe you're looking for. With locations in Hillsdale as well as Sylvan Highlands and various farmers' markets, the Pearl location is the quickest way to get your vegetable brunch fix. For the newbies, Chef Noe Garnica (originally hailing from Guanajuato, Mexico) and his wife, Anna, wanted to bring the food prepared from the home gardens of their youth to the menu. Hence, all the dishes at Verde Cocina come heaped with super-fresh local produce—though it doesn't in the least detract from the Mexican delights beneath."

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Verde Cocina Opens Third Location Near Oregon Zoo


Portland Mercury, 4.15

"Chef-owner Noe Garnica, a Mexico native, and his wife, Anna, have carved out a niche in Portland's food scene as purveyors of bright, fresh Mexican food with a vegetable-centric, health-oriented twist. At their two Verde Cocina restaurants, as well as their cart at the Portland Farmers Market, traditionally heavy staples like refried beans and Spanish rice are eschewed in favor of ancient grains and loads of crisp-tender market-fresh vegetables. And now the duo has added a third location to their burgeoning chain let."

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Green Gold – Verde Cocina’s market-fresh spin on Mexican cooking

PHOTO CREDIT: amy ouellette, The PEARL

PHOTO CREDIT: amy ouellette, The PEARL

The Pearl,  2.15

"First time diners at the casual, contemporary Mexican restaurant on NW 14th Avenue between Glisan and Hoyt are typically taken aback when their platters of carne asada and huevos rancheros arrive piled high with white bean–garbanzo mash and a cornucopia of produce—yellow squash, carrots, green beans, rainbow chard, snap peas, red onions, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and other local vegetables, all grilled al dente."

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Cooking Channel's Taco Trip - A visit to Verde Cocina

Photo courtesy of Dylan VanWeldeen

Photo courtesy of Dylan VanWeldeen

Tune into Cooking Channel’s ‪TacoTrip‬ tonight at 6:30PM PT to see Chef_Aaron visit Chef Noe Garnica at Verde Cocina! Catch the two chefs in action, and get the scoop on some scrumptious recipes, fresh from the heart of Portland. “It was something else to have a celebrity Chef such as Aaron Sanchez in my kitchen,” says Noe. “It was just a lot of fun.”

Farm Fresh Mex

AFAR, 9.15

"There is an abundance of good Mexican food in Portland, much of it coming out of food carts scattered across the city. It's simple, cheap, and a bit one-dimensional. The next level separates the black from the refried, and Verde stands above those beans."

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Portland's 10 Best Guilt-Free Dishes

Portland Monthly, 7.14

"Vegan sushi, Paleo parfaits, bracingly acidic ceviche, and salads a-plenty...there’s a whole new world of healthy dining out there, and it’s delicious.


Dive underneath a heap of rainbow chard and sweet roasted carrots covering hot, maize-perfumed gringas (soft rolled tacos) at this former farmers market–only hot spot for the main event: braised pork from Eugene’s Sweet Briar Farm, mashed garbanzo beans, and dark, musky mole sauce. "

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Martha Stewart!: The Last Posting About My Trip to Portland, Oregon

Martha Stewart Blog, 6.14


"I was immediately drawn to this vendor, Verde Cocina, that sells a variety of freshly prepared tacos. The market serves as a business incubator for at least 50 businesses, like Verde Cocina, that has expanded sales outside of the market, but still sell at the market too."

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Verde Cocina en la Perla

Gluten Free Menu, Farm to Table Portland Pearl


Review of Verde Cocina en la Perla by EatingMyWayThruPortland.com 3.13

"Verde Cocina nailed it. It was love at first bite with this place. It’s different. It’s not what you will get at every joint or food cart and I like that, I like that a lot. It’s nothing like what I had when we lived in Arizona and I have not had much like this in California. They are farm to table with a mexican flair."

"I have to say this was probably one of the best happy hour menus I have seen in a long time."

"I should also note that the whole menu is gluten free."

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Gallery Tour of Verde Cocina in the Pearl

Verde Cocina Pearl Portland Mexican Food

PDX Eater, 12.12


"Verde Cocina, which first garnered a following thanks to its PSU Farmer's Market stand, offers a healthy (and oftentimes vegan-friendly) menu by Guanajuato, Mexico native Noe Garnica, with options like huevos rancheros, gringas with mole, and fresh..."

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