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Jan 31, 2007 09:50 AM

Mexican food

I'm looking for a good authentic Mexican restaurant in the Loudoun County area.

Any suggestions?

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  1. There's a little place in downtown Leesburg, can't remember the name of it. Its about 2 houses behind the Mom's Apple Pie, look for a small dirt fill parking lot to your left.
    Also, we have been enjoying Casa Gonzales (37 Catoctin Cir SE Leesburg, VA 20175; 703-779-8620 ). They have some wonderful mole!

    1. Not much to choose from other than chains (Moe's, Don Pablo's, etc.) Though La Tolteca in Countryside (in the Silo building) isn't bad. It's sister restaurant is in Fairfax. A new place called Del Ray just opened in Broadlands, but I haven't heard anything about it. I'm a fan of Tortilla Factory in Herndon, just outside of Loudoun. It's not necessarily authentic but I've been eating there for 20 years straight.

      1. A repeat:

        There are other good tacquerias in Reston/Herndon. I have posted a list a few times on the board, but I'm having a hard time finding it, so:

        El Taco Chevere - Sterling clock tower
        Taco Truck on Rt7 just east of Baron Cameron
        Lakeside Cafe - Lake Anne Plaza (I really like this place)
        The Mercado in the parking lot of Lake Anne (poor service though)
        There are two places in the K-Mart shopping center;
        - One is at the far side near Gold's gym - SLOOOWW
        - The other is behind McDonald's in the same strip as Teocalli Tamale (haven't been in awhile so I can't vouch anymore - I think PollyG did post something good about them last year)
        - There is also a place called El Dorado that you'll see - haven't been there at all yet

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        1. re: Dennis S

          Wanted to update my list with a new find. In oldtown Herndon on Lynn St - first storefront from Elden - A tacqueria/puppusuria (sp?) that I just tried.

          Good broad menu, ample space for dining there, Salvadoran based. I had the tacos today which were good, but I'm going to head back for either the chorizo con huevos or the bistec ensebollado very soon (maybe tomorrow).

          Oh, and the taco truck at Rt7 has moved to I don't know where and imo Teocalli Tamale has fallen off a cliff in terms of quality and service.

          1. re: Dennis S

            The name of the place in Herndon is "Pupuseria Mi Champita". Going to check out another dish this coming week.

            1. re: Dennis S

              LOVE their pupusas. They are right off of the W&OD trail. When I was training for an event last year, every weekend I would strategically plan to finish at their doorstep!

              1. re: Meg

                Good to hear - I haven't made it back yet, but I think I'm going to try to go tomorrow (doesn't look like I can really escape today). Have you had anything else there, like carne asada, lomo saltado, etc?

                1. re: Dennis S

                  No, couldn't get past the pupusas!

                  1. re: Meg

                    Had their "tacos azadas" (soft beef tacos with avocado and lime) yesterday, which went well with the pupusas.

                    1. re: srsrhodes

                      I never did get back - I need to do this - thanks for the reminder.