The stylish new El Rayo on Route 1 is a welcome addition to Scarborough’s dining mix and is already a favorite hangout for locals. And it’s well worth the short drive from Portland.
Busier than a networker’s meet and greet, El Rayo Scarborough, the sequel to Portland’s popular restaurant of the same name and proprietorship, opened last week to a rousing start. After our party of three squeezed in and told we would have an hour’s wait for a table (it was much less) we were glad to persevere because this outpost is a winner on all counts.
El Rayo Scarborough is just getting started. The southern outpost of Portland's popular taco joint held a preview dinner last Friday night and officially opened to the public yesterday, July 13. Something about former gas stations seems to work well for the company, as both the Portland and Scarborough restaurants occupy them. It's not noticeable in the new location, which combines El Rayo's signature bright, bold colors with some surprisingly elegant wood features, such as the variety of unique tables and the cross-hatched flooring of the outdoor patio. The patio picnic tables even have comfortable cushions attached to the benches.
The menu is nearly identical to what can be found online, with a few key updates that can be seen in pictures below. Tequila, mezcal, and wine are listed on an additional page, and Tlayuda, a sort-of Mexican pizza that was the star of the show at the preview dinner, has been added to the page with tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. A variety of local beers were on draft for the opening, as well.
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