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1523 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239 | (503) 293-1790

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Welcome to Salvador Molly’s

Salvador Molly’s began in 1994 as a single tamale cart at the Portland Farmers Market. It was the passion of food and travel by chef Scott Maritz that created something unique that eventually led to our brick and mortar restaurant 25 years ago. In 2017, Brian Ford purchased the restaurant from the original owner. Brian is a local restaurateur who began his career in the restaurant business working at his Father’s nationally recognized steakhouse in Portland Oregon; Henry Ford’s Restaurant.

Our vision is and always will be to continue to take recipes and flavors from around the globe and fuse them into what we call “A World of Flavors”. These flavors are vibrant dishes from areas like the Caribbean, Hawaii, Baja, exotic Africa, Latin America, New Orleans & Asia. We also offer exotic cocktails and a variety of local beer and wine.

Each month during the school year we have a “Fun Raiser” to help a local school with much needed projects. We also host monthly Friends and Family night to raise funds and awareness for non-profits that help people in need. We are proud to be a gathering place where the whole family and entire neighborhood feel welcome.

That’s our story. What’s yours? It’s a wide world full of vibrant flavors. New discoveries and friends are waiting to be made. Please share your travels with pictures, recipes, and stories at Salvador Molly’s and let’s gather at the table for a delicious bite and some tasty conversation.

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Buying Practices

Salvador Molly’s is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Portland, supporting our local businesses and farms for the past 26 years. We are pleased to work with Gathering Together Farms and DeNoble Farms to source as much of our produce as possible.

The businesses that supply us with dry goods, spices, and paper products provide local jobs and source local products whenever possible, and themselves pursue green operating practices. Even the company that services our dishwashing machines recycles all detergent and sanitizer containers! No landfill waste.

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Come on down and grab a tamale!

Over 25 years later and we’re still going strong right where we started!

Come down and visit our Salvador Molly’s tamale cart at the Portland Farmer’s Market on the Portland State University campus and Hillsdale Farmers Market. Eat and walk as you enjoy all some of the best food and entertainment that Portland has to offer!

Portland Farmers Market Shemanski Park 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday at SW Park and SW Salmon, PSU 8:30 am to 2 pm Saturday at SW Salmon and SW Montgomery and Hillsdale Farmers Market 10 am to 2 pm Sunday in the Wilson High – Reiki Elementary parking lot.

For more info, visit their website at: portlandfarmersmarket.org and hillsdalefarmersmarket.com

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Our commitment to community service and fun come together several times a year when we stage big celebrations to raise money for non-profits. Events like our Luau, Hooray for Bollywood, and the Great Balls of Fire Challenge are full of dancing, drinking, eating and fun while serving various communities and cultures that enrich our lives. We like to put fun into service work! Let’s celebrate and make a difference together!

VELVIS

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Velvis started as just another velvet Elvis at a curbside stand in Mexico. Liberated while conducting extensive margarita research at several bars in Tijuana, we memorialized the transaction with a disposable camera and a legend was born.

Some itinerant hair stylists took him to Vegas and snapped him with showgirls. Trips to Hawaii, New Orleans, and the White House in DC soon followed and then his big break came. In January of ’08 Velvis went around the world! Machu Picchu, Tibet, India, Easter Island, China (check out his photobomb with a panda), Tanzania, Morocco and more!

Between journeys Velvis holds court in splendor, surrounded by photos and mementos from his adventures at Salvador Molly’s. All Hail The Black Velvet King!