El Portal or in English, "The Gateway", encapsulates the ambiance you feel when you enter our home away from home. As authentic as it gets in the Dallas Metroplex, El Portal Cafe will have you feeling like a real paisa from Pereira or Medellín – and with dishes that taste like abuelita's cooking, we like to think that you'll be screaming "buen provecho!"

From our delicious almojabanas to our classic bandeja paisa to our popular fruit juices, we use real Colombian ingredients to pack every recipe with the authenticity and friendliness that famously makes Colombians warm and welcoming hosts.
We hope you will join us. Nos vemos!

  • BAKERY panadería
  • BREAKFAST desayunos
  • APPETIZERS aperitivos
  • DAILY SPECIALS especiales del dia
  • ENTREES platos fuertes
  • DRINKS bebidas

AlmojabanasSweet chesse bread
PandebonosCassava and cheese bread
Empanadas de CambrayGuava or caramel patties
Pan AliñadoLoaf of bread stuffed with Colombian cheese
Pasteles GloriaGuava or caramel turnovers
MilhojasMille-feuille with caramel
BuñuelosDeep fried cheese balls
Pasteles El PortalEl Portal cakes (caramel and fig cake)
AlfajoresColombian cookie
$.49 each

Desayunos (Breakfast)Eggs served any style
Calentado Paisa
corn cake with cheese
Enjoy Chocolate or coffee
for $1.50 additional
add meat, chorizo, chicharron, or morcilla

Plato de EmpanadasTwo beef empanadas served with rice and fried plantains
Arepa con Carne y QuesoArepa with shredded beef and cheese
Arepa con Pollo y QuesoArepa with shredded chicken and cheese
Arepa con QuesoArepa with cheese
Arepa de ChocoloSweet corn arepa
SalchichoripapasChorizo, beef franks, and Colombian style potatoes
Chicharron con Arepa y Pataconesslab bacon with corn cake and plantains
Morcilla con arepa y pataconesBlood sausage with corn cake and plantains
Chorizo con arepa y pataconesHome made sausage with corn cake and plantains
EmpanadasBeef patties

Special del dia en semana (Weekday Specials)
Martes - Arroz con pollo y sopa de pollo o lentejas con pollo sudado
Miercoles - Sancocho de gallina
Jueves - Sopa de platano con pollo al horno o sopa de de tortilla de huevo con pollo al horno
Viernes - Sopa de costilla o sopa de albondigas

Tuesday - Chicken rice with chicken soup or lentils with chicken stew
Wednesday - Hen stew
Thursday - Plantain soup with beef stew or tortilla egg soup with beef stew
Friday - Baby back rib soup or meatball soup
Special del dia en fin de semana (Weekend Specials)Sabado - Cazuela de marizcos o Mondongo
Domingo - Sancocho de res o ajiaco

Saturday - Seafood stew or Tripe stew
Sunday - Beef soup or ajiaco (soup traditionally from Bogota)

Tamal VallunoPork and chicken tamale
PicadaBeef, franks, chorizo, bacon, yellow potatoes, arepa, plantains, and tomatoes.
Pescado a la PlanchaGrilled tilapia, rice, salad, fried plantains, avocado, and shrimp.
Mojarra FritaFried whole tilapia, rice, salad, avocado, fried yucca, and tomatoes.
Ropa ViejaShredded beef, rice, beans, fried plantains, and avocado.
Picanha10 oz. grilled top sirloin with two side dishes of your choice
Pollo a la PlanchaGrilled chicken breast, rice, salad, avocado, and sweet or salty fried plantains.
Pollo ApanadoFried breaded chicken breast with rice, salad, avocado and fried plantains.
Plato El PortalHouse special - Rice, beans, fried plantains, arepa, avocado, and your choice of slab bacon, beef, or chicken.
Bandeja PaisaCountry Platter - Rice, beans, chorizo, pork rind, fried egg, fried plantains, avocado, arepa, and grilled skirt steak.
Chuleta ApanadaFried breaded pork with rice, salad, avocado, and fried plantains.
Bistec a CaballoGrilled beef with sauteed onions, rice, avocado, french fries, and a fried egg.
Camarones al PortalGrilled shrimp, rice, salad, salty plantains, avocado, and house dressing.
Carne a la PlanchaGrilled beef, salad, rice, avocado, and sweet fried plantains
Plato de EmpanadasTwo beef empanadas served with rice and sweet plantains.
Perros CalientesColombian-style hot dogs

Gaseosas en lataSoft drinks
Gaseosas en botellaBottled soft drinks
Pony MaltaMalt beverage
AvenaOatmeal shake
Agua de PanelaBrown sugar tea
Cafe ColombianoColombian coffee
Chocolate calienteHot chocolate
Jugos de FrutaTropical Fruit Juices