El Tamarindo

Image: Pupusas (at-home plating, not theirs). Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status: El Tamarindo built out a large tented area for outdoor seating.  They also do take-out/delivery. El Tamarindo is often pointed to as an example of a very D.C. phenomenon:  The Salvadoran – Mexican restaurant.  Forty years ago, unrest in Central America created waves […]

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Taqueria Xochi

Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status: This tiny spot next to Service Bar on U Street started doing only take-out and delivery.  They are sticking with that model for now. It began with the laying off of talent. Chef Teresa Padilla worked in José Andrés’s restaurants, including China Chilcano and “took advantage” of last year’s […]

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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 […]

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Week in Review – 12/8/19

Image: David Vestal, New York City (1950). This week, we added a place to our recommended restaurant list, and thankfully there were no big closures (though Baan Thai is moving up).  We also reviewed a place that we do think is worth paying the cab fare to get there.  Here is the week that was […]

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Poca Madre – Closed

Image: Tuna and Uni Tostada Last Visited: November 2019 Poca Madre is an excellent restaurant that has found its groove. You enter from the side of the building, around the corner from Taco Bamba, and pass into a high-ceiling oasis where Chef/Owner Victor Albisu serves upscale Mexican cuisine.  Nearly all leave impressed.  Rather than starting […]

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Tequila & Mezcal Added to 17° CxNW Recommended Restaurant List

Image: Guac! Last Updated: July 2021 Current Status: They are open for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Before Times Review: First Visited: August 2019 The team behind the excellent Taqueria Habanero opened this spot a couple blocks south.  It is a little spiffier than the taqueria with a proper bar and plates that go beyond just […]

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Mi Vida added to 17° CxNW Recommended Restaurant List

Image: Queso! Last Updated: 7/25/2021 Current Status: Now open for sit-down service.  They continue to do take-out and delivery. Gift Cards – good for all KNEAD restaurants (in D.C. that means Succotash) Before Times Review: First Visit: May 2019 On first impression, Mi Vida is a nicer, sleeker version of Lauriol Plaza.  It is a […]

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El Rinconcito Café Added to Recommended Restaurant List

Photo:  Pupusa and Tamal de Pollo Last Updated: 6/13/2020 Current Status:  They are doing take-out only.  Order here. Before Times Review: El Rinconcito Café – Today we add a legend to the list.  The small spot (handful of tables and small bar) has been serving locals for years, but word is getting out.  Along with […]

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