Muchas Gracias

Image: Chicken Tinga Verde Burrito

Last Updated: June 2021

Current Status: The tiny spot serving Mexican classics with panache has seating indoors (just a few tables) and outdoors (both front and back).  Of course, they continue to do take-out and delivery.

It is a strange twist of fate that led to Muchas Gracias coming to fruition.  Chef Christian Irabién, an Oyamel alum, was supposed to be opening a fancy, edgy dining spot in Union Market’s La Cosecha emporium. That fell through, so he switched to a taco pop-up with the Comet Ping-Pong/Buck’s team.  When the pandemic hit, he took over the small store-front and added philanthropy to the mix, with the goal of “supporting Latin American immigrant workers through food and economic support and in providing our neighborhood with essential products.”.  Now the pop-up is looking like a fixture.  The lunch menu is restricted – tacos and burritos get thumbs up.  Dinner is more expansive, including rotating seasonal options.  Anything pork-focused seems to be applauded. This feels like a place that in five years you will tell others, “I ate there when…”

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Cuisine: New or Old American
Neighborhood: Upper NW
Address: 5029 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Reservations: Walk-in or order ahead

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tim put it on a list of three taco places of note.  Tom put it in his 2020 fall dining guide.

Washingtonian: 9 DC Winter Restaurant Week Brunches to Stay or Go – no thread yet

Lori (Been There Eaten That): Included in a wrap of pandemic dining.