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 disruption to open a shop out of a ghost kitchen that paid homage to the food of central Mexico where she grew up.  Along with operations manager Geraldine Mendoza, also a China Chilcano alumna, they managed to move into permanent spaces on U Street.  Tacos and Pueblo-style sandwiches called Cemitas are the heart of the menu.  The Choco-flan is not to be missed (Padilla was a pastry chef).  They will thoughtfully separate out ingredients if you are not eating immediately to keep things from getting soggy. Instagram is rife with shots of tacos dipped in birria taken by happy customers. We count ourselves among those happy customers.

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Cuisine: Latin American (Mexican)
Neighborhood: U Street
Address: 924 U St NW Washington DC 20001
Website: https://www.taqueriaxochi.com/
Reservations: Take-out/Delivery Only

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tom steps on Tim’s turf and swoons.  And put them in the 2021 Spring Dining Guide.

Washingtonian: Ghost Kitchen days coverage.

DonRockwell.com – no thread yet

Washington City Paper