Angling for Good, Cheap Mexican Food in Walla Walla

Dora's Deli has a unique combination: Mexcian food and fishing worms

Dora’s Deli has a unique combination: Mexcian food and fishing worms

How can you not like a place that sells Mexican food and worms? Especially when the tortillas for the substantial tacos are hand pressed and the choice of toppings includes lengua (tongue).

The worms? Well, they’re just the bait to get us in the door at Dora’s Deli, a lunch counter, mini-mart and fishing supply shop alongside Old Highway 12, on the ramshackle western outskirts of Walla Walla, Washington.

Dora herself is at the till, patiently explaining all our options (bountiful burritos, tortas, quesadillas, etc., enlivened with kick-ass, house-made salsa). While we’re pondering, she dashes off to answer the phone: “Worm ranch. How can I help?”

Dora (right) and her cook

Dora (right) and her cook

We retire, with groaning plates, to a shaded picnic table overlooking the busy road. While we contentedly munch, a steady stream of cars screech up to the door and occupants pile out for a quick feed or takeout. No worms to go, though.

These two tacos are definitely man size

These two tacos are definitely man size

Dora’s Deli
1186 Wallula Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington
Daily 11 am-6 pm
509-529-3629

On the other side of town, just across the Oregon border, the highway-side Mexican theme continues with a food truck boasting $1 tacos. Bomb Tacos is indeed the bomb, the double-tortilla tacos loaded with crispy meat, grilled onions and generous squeezes of throat-puckering salsas.

Two delicious tacos for the grand sum of $2

Two delicious tacos for the grand sum of $2

We chat through the truck window with owner Alma in the couple of minutes it takes for our lovely, light lunch to be prepared. Once again, we head to an umbrella-covered picnic table just metres from a secondary highway.

Bomb Tacos owner Alma chats while lunch is cooking

Bomb Tacos owner Alma chats while lunch is cooking

The cost of four delicious tacos for two? A little over $4. The experience? Priceless.

The perfect setting for chowing down

The perfect setting for chowing down

Bomb Tacos
85392 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
Monday to Saturday 11 am-9:30 pm. Closed Sunday
509-728-8602

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2 thoughts on “Angling for Good, Cheap Mexican Food in Walla Walla

  1. AndreaOnVacation

    Hole-in-the-wall taco joints always end up being the best! My favorite ever was a wooden stand in a gas station in Arizona.

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