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JUL 30, 2019



Tacos have taken The District by storm, but you don’t hear us complaining! And among the taco spots spanning from the picture-perfect streets of Georgetown to the hustle and bustle of 9th St. NW, you’ll find some healthyish twists on classic tortilla creations. But you won’t have to go searching. We’ve done the research for you, so now all you have to do is bring your appetite.

With over 15 tacos, fresh ceviche, craft cocktails, and brunch favorites, Mezcalero on 14th St. NW is the place for gathering, drinking, and relaxing. This spot serves up one of the most classic Mexican dishes in the district — Tacos Dorados (made with only the best ingredients available, of course). This popular order includes a crispy corn tortilla stuffed with your choice of chicken or beef, topped with cheese, sour cream, pice de gallo, and guacamole. Looking for more? Good news for you, there are 14 other choices to pick from. The possibilities are endless!

U St. is known for its high energy, fun atmosphere, and non-stop action, and thanks to El Rey, we can now add good tacos to the list. In addition to their classic flour tortillas, a gluten-free corn tortilla is also available at no additional charge. Plus, this joint covers all of the bases from roasted pork to marinated shrimp and even a vegetarian option called the Queso Con Hongos taco. In the mood for something lighter? The De Pescado taco is another great choice, made with grilled fish, jicama carrot slaw, and salsa verde. The menu is loaded — come hungry!

Farm-to-taco is the name of the game for this Georgetown hot spot. What sets Chaia apart is their emphasis on fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients — straight from the farmers market to your table. Owners Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern pride themselves on their restaurant’s seasonal, plant-based tacos, paired with savory sides and drinks made without all that artificial stuff. Ever tried a braised mushroom taco? Or roasted eggplant? How ‘bout a skillet corn taco made with queso fresco, cilantro crema, and sungolds? Here’s your chance.

Well, if we can’t live at the beach, chowing down on some beach-inspired tacos at Surfside is the next best choice. Freshness and flair are priorities for this Wisconsin Ave. eatery that serves up tasty tacos stuffed with everything from rockfish to grilled steak and even blackened mahi mahi. And for our innovators, you can even build your own. Want to add a third taco to your order? For just $3.95, you’re all set. How can you possibly say no to that?

Ethically sourced and authentically crafted — welcome to Espita Mezcaleria. From the moment you step inside this 9th St. NW taco joint, you’ll get a sense of what’s to come — distinct flavors and fresh ingredients all inspired directly by Oaxacan cuisine and Mexican culture. Start your experience off with some house-made guacamole or ceviche before diving into the hand-crafted tacos made with mouth-watering meats, vegetables, and salsas.

Looking for a way to spice things up? Oyamel on 7th St. NW  matches the liveliness of their beautiful dining room with the creativity of their menu and cocktail list. Aka they’re cookin’ up the perfect storm for all of our District foodies. Every day, the Oyamel team cooks and grinds heirloom Mexican corn in-house to give all customers the taste of a true Mexican experience. Fan favorites include the Suadero taco (made with braised, roasted, and grilled local brisket and salsa verde) and the Hongos en molito taco (stuffed with wild mushrooms and sautéed poblano peppers).

The tables at Taqueria Habanero on 14th St. are always full, and after exploring their menu, it’s no surprise why. The owners of this crowd-pleasing taco spot strive to provide all local foodies with the exact ingredients used from the streets of their native home — Puebla, Mexico. They understand that the an eye for detail is what makes a taco stand out, so this logic is exactly why the team at Taqueria Habanero hand preps each our their sauces, marinades, and tortillas from scratch every single morning. Feeling adventurous? Try their Nopal (cactus) taco with cilantro, diced onions, radish, and cucumbers.

Tacos might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Columbia Heights, but the folks at El Chucho are here to change that. Whether you’re on the hunt for a more traditional taco, like their chicken or steak options, or a taco with a twist, like their grilled octopus Pulpo taco, this 11th St. spot is the move. And for all of our vegetarian friends, the vegetable taco filled with peppers, mushrooms, black beans, chipotle aioli and roasted corn salsa is right up your alley.

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