Food & Drink

Eat this bacon taco on Cinco de Mayo... but don't stop there

Published On 05/01/2014 Published On 05/01/2014
Allix Wright
Richard Sandoval Restaurants
El Centro D.F.
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Taco Bamba
Brian Oh
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1. El Rey 919 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (U Street)

This hip taqueria is nestled into what looks like a bunch of shipping containers on U Street. MUCH more importantly, inside you'll find a delicious array of tacos, like their adobo chicken or their carnitas, for around $3 or $4 each.

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2. Masa 14 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The culinary lovechild of chefs Kaz Okochi (Kaz's Sushi Bistro) and Richard Sandoval (Zengo), Masa fuses the talents of both into a pleasing array of Latin/Asian small plates, in a handsome, open-kitchen 100-seater.

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3. El Centro D.F. 1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Seeking a new adventure, the masters behind Masa 14 opened Centro to challenge themselves to capture the energy of Mexico City. That energy, apparently, comes straight from superb tacos and tequila. With three floors of raw concrete, walls adorned with Aztec masks, and tables glossed with vintage Mexican newspapers, Centro is undoubtedly a success -- and that's before we even talk about the menu, which features great fish tacos, chicken tamales, and a host of tequila tasting menus. Mexico City rules.

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4. El Centro Georgetown 1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Richard Sandoval's El Centro takes over the old Third Edition space and amps things up with house-infused tequilas, a back patio, and Greek influences.

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5. Mission 1606 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle)

Helmed by Chef Rod from the beloved R&R Taqueria, this spot has treats like tacos de pescado -- made with fried mahi mahi -- plus 50+ types of tequila and mezcal.

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6. Agua 301 301 Water St SE, Washington DC, 20003 (Navy Yardnear Se)

This modern resto crafts authentic Mexican cuisine and then spices it up with modern flair by using experimental ingredients and out-of-the-box techniques.

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7. Del Campo 777 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

Using a wood-fired grill is one way to cook a steak, and at Del Campo, that smoke helps add another level of flavor to the meat. This upscale Argentinian restaurant in Chinatown is a beautiful tribute to Argentinian grilled meats, all served in an elegantly rustic space outfitted with oak wood floors and leather sling-back barstools- perfect for enjoying the 48oz ribeye on the menu.

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8. Graffiato 707 6th St, Washington, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

Opened by former "Top Chef" Mike Isabella, Graffiato is an innovative Italian eatery in Chinatown (yes, confusing). What's not confusing is the tastes or the fact that there is a ham bar where locally-cured meats are carved to perfection right in front of you. The open wooden bar-style kitchen allows you to converse with the chef as he kneads the dough for your personal wood-fired pie.