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I made my first visit to Taqueria Nacionale, adjacent to Johnny's Half Shell. I had already eaten lunch and my ability to visit was just chance. I had a chicken taco that was very good. The chicken, tortillas, and salsa were good. I could have used a bit of chopped onion or something else. Unfortunately, it is only open during the week till 3:00 so I won't get a chance to go there much, save for the rare day off. On the up side, it seems like it is a great little taqueria.

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  1. Sounds great. Any picnicking options nearby?

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    1. re: NoVaDog

      You can walk over to the Capitol grounds. I tried to sit on one of the planters outside the building, but they are very uncomfortable. Even though I live very close by, I will rarely be able to go there because of their opening hours. I need to have a meeting in DC to make it happen.

    2. That's the first I've heard of that place and I work a couple of blocks from Johnny's. I'll have to check it out for lunch soon.

      1. They are also offering breakfast now right? Is the breakfast out of the Taqueria or out of Johnny's?

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        1. re: Elyssa

          The breakfast is out of the Taqueria. They had only a few items, including waffles and a breakfast taco.

        2. Went today for lunch. Not much of a line at 12:30pm, perhaps people don’t know about it? Kind of hidden behind Johnnys. There are five types of tacos: meat, carnitas, fish, chicken, and bean. All pretty good and under $2. They also have an entrée option which was meatloaf and mashed potatos for $5.50. The yucca is very tender and perfectly fried, best I’ve had yet. And the sauce! There are some benches around the building on the north and west sides, not the most pleasant environment, but there doesn’t appear to be much in the immediate area, Capitol grounds as has been noted and maybe even all the way over to the Arboretum which used to have some outdoor furniture on the Library of Congress side. All in all, worthwhile and inexpensive, nice combo.

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          1. re: NoVaDog

            Forgot to mention they're tuned to a Mexican radio station for your listening pleasure.

          2. Found this review (and comments) online in the WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-...

            1. I just went for lunch and had a carnitas taco and fish taco too along with the yucca fries. The tacos were ok, but definately not up to snuff. The carnitas weren't juicy and the fish wasn't freshly fried. The tortillas were not prepared correctly either...all these should be a given for a simple taco stand. I lived in LA for nine years and worked within walking distance to Olvera St.(a frequent lunch spot), so I know what I'm talking about. One positive thing I can say...the yucca fries are very good...fresh and perfectly crisp. They should use simple paper plates with foil and lose the fancy-schmancy individual taco containers...such a waste.

              1. This place, while better than most downtown options, is just not it. I suppose if you are already on Capitil Hill it is an OK substitute. Even then, I would suppress my taco cravings until you can drive to the close-in Northern PG towns. You'll get food that is better than Rosa Mexicana at better than Taqueria Nacionale prices - and the tacos always include meat off the spit, just made tortillas, chopped onions, radishes and cilantro, better salsas and (depending) queso fresco.