There’s just something about eating Mexican food in the summer. Sure, it’s good all year ‘round, but there’s something about its spicy deliciousness combined with warm and sunny weather. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Mexican food in D.C.
Josh and Kelly Phillips own the ultra-hip restaurant and mezcal bar that serves up handmade tortillas and mezcal flights as well as items like the hamburguesa—pork carnitas, chipotle crema, a savory queso Oaxaca , Piquillo, red onion and mezcal relish. There’s also a brunch menu with enough choices on it you could return for months and still not try everything. 1250 9th St. NW, 202.621.9695
Less pricey than Espita Mezclaria but equally as good, Chef Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba counter-serve joint serves up $3 tacos. Three dollars doesn’t seem like much but these tacos are so tasty you’ll easily spend in the double digits. If you’re feeling ravenous, try a super torta, like the “torta bamba,” made with ham, all-beef frank, carne asada, chorizo, Chihuahua cheese, pineapple, mayo, house-made jalapeños and more. Whatever you choose to dine on at Taco Bamba, you certainly won’t leave hungry. 2190 Pimmit Dr., Falls Church, VA 22043, 703.639.0505
Leave work early and celebrate the weekend with this Bloomingdale hotspot’s Friday lunch menu. Starters like a delicious black bean soup made with soft-poached egg and pico de gallo is a must try. The mouthwatering el Camino nachos makes for a good pairing with a signature cucumber margarita to start your weekend off right. Also, a great bonus—food is served on mismatched vintage china making for an eclectic evening. 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.847.0419
You can’t go wrong with this tried-and-true traditional Mexican restaurant by José Andrés. There’s something for everyone at the Chinatown staple. The seafood options are incredible—the camarones al mojo de ajo negro—the shrimp is sauteéd with shallots, arbol chile, poblano pepper, lime and sweet aged black garlic. Enjoy a pitcher of Oyamel’s signature margaritas, strong and tart, a perfect pairing to the authentic Mexican tacos in handmade corn tortillas. 401 7th St. NW, 202.628.1005
Dio Montero and his wife Mirna immigrated to the U.S. 20 years ago and worked for José Andrés. Throughout their time working in the D.C. restaurant scene, they managed to create a quality food experience. Taqueria Habanero has big portions and affordable prices. Their big appetite dishes like the fajita mixta, with beef, shrimp and chicken served with Mexican rice and black beans or the pollo con mole poblano with chicken are not to be missed. 3710 14th St. NW, 202.722.7700