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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
$1.35
PandebonosCassava and cheese bread
$1.35
Empanadas de CambrayGuava or caramel patties
$1.35
Pan AliñadoLoaf of bread stuffed with Colombian cheese
$3.99
Pasteles GloriaGuava or caramel turnovers
$0.89
MilhojasMille-feuille with caramel
$2.99
BuñuelosDeep fried cheese balls
$1.35
Pasteles El PortalEl Portal cakes (caramel and fig cake)
$1.99
AlfajoresColombian cookie
$.49 each


Desayunos (Breakfast)Eggs served any style
Calentado Paisa
corn cake with cheese
Enjoy Chocolate or coffee
for $1.50 additional
$7.50
add meat, chorizo, chicharron, or morcilla
$9.5O


Plato de EmpanadasTwo beef empanadas served with rice and fried plantains
$7.99
Arepa con Carne y QuesoArepa with shredded beef and cheese
$7.50
Arepa con Pollo y QuesoArepa with shredded chicken and cheese
$7.50
Arepa con QuesoArepa with cheese
$4.50
Arepa de ChocoloSweet corn arepa
$4.50
SalchichoripapasChorizo, beef franks, and Colombian style potatoes
$7.99
Chicharron con Arepa y Pataconesslab bacon with corn cake and plantains
$5.99
Morcilla con arepa y pataconesBlood sausage with corn cake and plantains
$5.99
Chorizo con arepa y pataconesHome made sausage with corn cake and plantains
$5.99
EmpanadasBeef patties
$1.99


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
$7.99
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)
$9.99


Tamal VallunoPork and chicken tamale
$9.99
PicadaBeef, franks, chorizo, bacon, yellow potatoes, arepa, plantains, and tomatoes.
$12.99
Pescado a la PlanchaGrilled tilapia, rice, salad, fried plantains, avocado, and shrimp.
$10.99
Mojarra FritaFried whole tilapia, rice, salad, avocado, fried yucca, and tomatoes.
$11.99
Ropa ViejaShredded beef, rice, beans, fried plantains, and avocado.
$10.99
Picanha10 oz. grilled top sirloin with two side dishes of your choice
$13.99
Pollo a la PlanchaGrilled chicken breast, rice, salad, avocado, and sweet or salty fried plantains.
$10.99
Pollo ApanadoFried breaded chicken breast with rice, salad, avocado and fried plantains.
$10.99
Plato El PortalHouse special - Rice, beans, fried plantains, arepa, avocado, and your choice of slab bacon, beef, or chicken.
$11.25
Bandeja PaisaCountry Platter - Rice, beans, chorizo, pork rind, fried egg, fried plantains, avocado, arepa, and grilled skirt steak.
$14.99
Chuleta ApanadaFried breaded pork with rice, salad, avocado, and fried plantains.
$10.99
Bistec a CaballoGrilled beef with sauteed onions, rice, avocado, french fries, and a fried egg.
$10.99
Camarones al PortalGrilled shrimp, rice, salad, salty plantains, avocado, and house dressing.
$11.99
Carne a la PlanchaGrilled beef, salad, rice, avocado, and sweet fried plantains
$10.99
Plato de EmpanadasTwo beef empanadas served with rice and sweet plantains.
$7.99
Perros CalientesColombian-style hot dogs
$7.99


Gaseosas en lataSoft drinks
$1.75
Gaseosas en botellaBottled soft drinks
$2.25
Pony MaltaMalt beverage
$2.50
AvenaOatmeal shake
$2.99
Agua de PanelaBrown sugar tea
$1.50
Cafe ColombianoColombian coffee
$1.50
Chocolate calienteHot chocolate
$1.99
Jugos de FrutaTropical Fruit Juices
$3.25