Good Mexican Food in DC?

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Apparently my way to fill the void of not traveling every weekend is to eat. The last two weeks I’ve found myself dining out more than I usually do in two months! Fortunately ( I guess) it’s all catching up on recommendations from friends and foodies I trust.

Today was “the best tacos in Washington, DC.” Having spent many years in the South and a bit of time in Texas and California, I have yet to find good Mexican food in DC. I’ve eaten at plenty mediocre places, but nothing “good.” The city is awash in excellent South American, El Salvadorean, etc options, but not Mexican.

However, my friend heard rave reviews about Taco El Chilango, a food truck near my office in Arlington, so we headed there today for lunch.

Tacos El Chilango food truck location (600x269)

On 14th St between N Rhodes St and N Quinn St, it’s a little off the beaten path, but clearly well known — as we pulled into a parking space across from the truck I saw several other business professionals getting into their cars, take out in hand.

Tacos El Chilango food truck

Ordering was simple — they only do tacos and you have your choice of 7 fillings — beef, tongue, chorizo, pork, chicken, beef & pork, and an unadvertised vegetarian option.

Tacos El Chilango menu options

I decided to try the chorizo and the pork, my friend did the same but added the tongue as well. While we were waiting for the food to be prepared, the owner/chef, Jesus introduced himself and gave us a free Al Pastor (pork) taco to munch.

El Chillango food truck freebie

It was topped with spicy pickled onions and peppers, radish and cucumbers (all optional) and I went with the hot salsa instead of the mild. Spicy but delicious.

Tacos El Chilango Al Pastor Taco

Both were great, but I liked the chorizo best. Apparently the tongue taco was fine but less flavorful than the other two.

I’ve haven’t had many tacos in DC, but these were some of the best. And Jesus’s friendliness added to the great ambiance. The best part was the price — I was picking up the tab because I lost a bet and each taco was only $2.50!

Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.

Tacos El Chilango card

This experience may finally motivate me to make a trek to the gas station place in Elk Ridge, Maryland recommended by Tyler Cowen as the best Mexican food in the region.


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