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Burrito/Taco Stand in DC or MD area

We recently moved to the area from Arizona, and are desparately looking for a Taco or Burrito Stand. In AZ we relied on these eateries for breakfast or dinner a few days a week and miss it terribly. Ambiance is not important, I just want a yummy breakfast burrito! Thanks

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  1. Welcome to the area. First thing to know is that you're going to be hard pressed to find what you're familiar with. That aside, there are some great offerings here. Most "Mexican", especially tacquerias are run by those from northern South American through southern Mexico.

    Probably the three places you want to start with first are:
    - TECC (El Charrito Caminante) in Arlington by the 7-11 near pershing and washington blvd. Most people here think he is not Mexican, though years ago he was in a taco truck and told me every year that he was heading home to Mexico for his annual vacation. I think he's from southern Mexico, so the style is closer to central american styles for most people.

    - Pepito's with two locations; in Adams Morgan on Columbia Rd across from the Safeway, and in Gaithersburg, MD

    - "Little Mexico" in Bladensburg, MD (south of College Park) though most of these are more sit down affairs.

    If you are wanting to check out some of the Salvadoran/Guatemalan, etc, Wheaton has a few great offerings, including my fave El Pulgarcito.

    Here is a link to a previous post covering a few of the "Little Mexico" places: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    1. I am a fan of Taqueria El Charrito Caminante in Arlington and Taqueria Distrito Federal in Columbia Heights. Both have goat tacos, chorizo tacos, etc... TECC does have pupusas since most DC area mexican places do seem to cator to the huge Salvadorean population. Distrito Federal does not have pupusas. TECC has no tables, but two counters and some stools, while Distrito has a few tables as well as counters and stools.

      1. La Placita in the Little Mexico area of Prince George's County (MD) is one of the few serious places in Maryland. Exceptional tacos al pastor. I think you'll be disappointed in the DC options.

        1. Pepitos in Adams Morgan is as aunthentic as you're going to get for good, cheap, take out, taco-stand style Mexican.

          1. Try Taqueria Tres Reyes II and El Tapatio in Blandensburg/Riverdale. El Tapatio has liver tacos. The staff at Tres Reyes often don't speak English. I'm an Angeleno and miss my real Mexican food.

            1. I will second the Taqueria Tres Reyes in Riverdale as excellent but I think I like Coasta Allegre for tacos (and burritos) better. Their Tacos Lengua is terrific. They are across Greenbelt Rd. from Beltway Plaza. I think there is a branch of Tres Reyes inside the Beltway Plaza mall but I have not gotten food there yet.

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              1. re: Portieowner

                Unfortunately, in my experience the Beltway plaza location of TTR is much weaker than the one in Riverdale.

                However, I am a big fan of Costa Alegre. The truck a bit west of there (Taqueria Esmeralda, in front of the Los Amigos market and run by the same folks) also makes pretty good tacos and tortas.

              2. Love the cabrito tacos at Charro Caminante. There is a taco bar next to the Washingtonian Chevron in Gaithersburg that is excellent also. The posole con puerco will knock you out.

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                1. re: flavrmeistr

                  Where exactly is this taco bar? I know the gas station; is it actually in the gas station proper?

                  1. re: nickdanger

                    It's on the righthand side of the little shopping strip in front of the Chevron (fronting on Field Rd).

                2. Also, slightly off topic, but the Mexican bakery in Riverdale (on Kenilworth right by the Riverdale Post Office) used to have good, cheap tamales and tortas, but at some point they stopped selling them. Any idea what happened there? The bakery is good if you like cheap, fresh Mexican breads and sugary pastries.

                  1. La Sirenita in the Bladensburg Little Mexico 'hood also has excellent tacos, including a unique salty beef taco.

                    Where among all these places can one find a breakfast burrito?

                    1. If you are on the Virginia side of the river.. there is a large selection.. Anita's.. It's "New Mexican" style.. they have a great sit-down menu.. but they also have breakfast Burritos for $1 .. I frequent when ever I'm back on that side of the potomac. You can find Anita's.. which is family owned.. in somthing like 10 different locations..

                      1. Las Placitas on 8th Street in Eastern Market is very good, as well as its sister restaurant, La Plaza, on Pennsylvania in Capitol Hill. It's Mexican food with some Salvadorean mixed in there and seems very authentic to me.

                        1. I too am new to the area (NoVA). I lived in Atlanta and Phoenix and miss dearly a taco. I just heard about a Mexican neighborhood, but my friend couldn't remember where it was so I am glad to know the name of the city now, Bladensburg.

                          I read about menudo in the recentest Washingtonian (not where I would think to find an authentic taqueria) at a place called La Sirenita. I thought if they have that maybe they will have pozole on weekends. I called and asked, they do. The better news is that I had to speak spanish because to me if I am at a taqueria or marisqueria and can order in english, I am losing faith in the autheticity. So, I am heading over sometime in the next weekend to see how it is. Buen provecho!

                          1. I agree with the teeny storefront, TECC. Also, the taco place in columbia hts, taqueria distrito federal is good.

                            as fara s stands, pedro and vinny's (pedroandvinnys.com) at 15th and K is great, veegtarian, and has many wrap and hot sauce options. check website to see when it is open. Carlos' taco stand at 17th and K is good too. i wrote about both on dcfud.com, http://dcfud.smorgasblog.com/archives....

                            1. I just tried the tacos at Taqueria Distrito Federal in Columbia Heights and for those looking for authentic mexico city style tacos, this is not the place. Tacos were decent but nothing special. The Al Pastor was this huge chunk of meat that was tough and lacked flavored - nothing like the tender slices of well-seasoned meat you would find at an authentic Mexican stand. The carne asada was also very tough and poorly marinated. And the salsas were no better than what you can find on the shelf at Whole Foods. Skip this place and head to Oyamel in Chinatown - if you're going to pay $3 a taco, you might as well get some decent ambiance.