So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.
This Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, which can mean only one thing. Well, two things, actually. First, if you celebrate correctly, you will be suffering from a massive tequila-induced hangover come Monday morning. And secondly, it’s the perfect weekend to taste test the area’s top taquerias. Ándale, ándale!
Originally situated in an Elkridge, Md. gas station, this family-run taqueria recently opened a second location nearby in the Honeygo Village Center in Perry Hall. There are a wide variety of tacos here, including offal-centric options like cabeza (head), lengua (beef tongue) and cueritos (fried pork rinds).
Just four years ago, two good friends decided to open a taco cart. Now they own two brick and mortar locations, one in D.C. and another in Arlington. Tacos fold in fillings like carnitas (slow cooked pulled pork), barbacoa (slow cooked shredded beef), and pollo asada (grilled chicken).
A former Rustico sous chef mans the burners at this Arlington food truck. Corn tortillas are doubled up and served with your choice of protein, including a winning chipotle amped beef brisket tinga.
Tacos El Chilango
Two brothers from Mexico City own this topnotch taqueria perched just above U Street. There are half a dozen meat options, plus three vegetarian tacos stuffed with cheese and your choice of mushrooms, green peppers or avocado.
This taco speakeasy is hidden away in a private apartment in Columbia Heights. If you’re lucky enough to find it and score a reservation, make sure to try the pineapple pepped tacos al pastor.
Far East Taco Grille
Design your own tacos at this food truck; choose from four proteins (rib-eye, pork, chicken, and soybean), four sauces (including a peppery salsa roja) and four slaws (our fave: kimchi lime).
With outposts in AdMo and the U Street Corridor, this much-loved local favorite is good at any time of day. Try the tilapia shunted into a crunchy shell or a soft tortilla rounded out with spicy chorizo.
Impala Cantina y Taqueria
A recent pop-up at Toki Underground and The Pug gave diners a taste of what’s to come from this long-in-the-making H Street taqueria. Join them on Sunday for a pig roast, live music, and beer from 3 Stars Brewing.
Duck carnitas and Baja fish tacos should be your order of business at this taqueria chainlet, which has two locations in Arlington and another in Alexandria. Both pair well with a zingy, fresh-squeezed lime cooler.
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