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The best authentic mexican

I am originally from Colorado and there is a little place called the Original Chubbys and I really loved it. Real small, friendly service and you can get food @ 3 am. Since I have been in DC, I have not found an authentic mexican restaurant. I'm looking for Chile Rellenos, Smothered burritos and really good green chile. Please help I'm desperate.

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  1. Let me preface this with a disclaimer: I never have been, and probably will never be an expert on good Mexican food, I grew up in MD, it just isn't our thing. Many threads on this with people saying it just isn't in DC. So on that note, if I was really craving good Mexican, but perhaps could lower my expectations a little I would go to Guajillo it is in Rosslyn right by Ray's the Steaks and has some really good things. They might have a website and you could see if they have what you want. I have had things there I really enjoyed. On another thread I think I remember you posting that you had youngsters (although that could have been reffering to days of old they could be all grown up now) and I think they would be welcome here, as well.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Thank you very much. with all the variety of food in DC, MD, and VA, this is the only dissapointment. No mexican, but I love Chipotle and I will try Guajillo. My daughters are still 6 & 7 but they love any kind of restaurant as long as there is chicken or such on the menu. They behave perfectly in pulic because of my addiction to trying new foods. (they have been going out with me ever since they were a couple weeks old) LOL. California Tortilla is ok but it is more trendy then authentic. Thanks again I cant wait to try it.

    2. You can search through the threads here - look for the places mentioned that are in the Bladensburg/Riverdale neighborhood in PG County - that's where the local Mexican community thrives. A number of good, hole-in-the-wall taquerias there.

      That said, those who really know Mexican cooking say that these places are good, but not great, and that your average neighborhood joint in LA, for example, is better.

      Also, I would argue that some of the things you list (smothered burritos) aren't actually Mexican food either, so you may be looking for the "Old Chubbys" experience, and not necessarily an "authentic Mexican" restaurant.

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      1. re: DanielK

        I love green chile and put it on everything Chubby's is not the only place in CO that will do that for me and even though it may not be traditional, I get those cravings sometimes. If I can get the option of a good greeen chile and chips I might even be happy at this point. lol. I love traditional mexican as well and I have just been very dissapointed at almost every place I've tried. I looked ot the menu for Oyamel and Guaillo and both look rather good.Oyamel looks a little more traditional, but I let you know after I try it.

      2. Green chile barely exists in this area; I've been looking since I moved from Arizona in 1989. I believe it's on the menu in some form at Anita's, Taqueria Poblano and Austin Grill, but none of it was good enough to try a second time.

        There are decent-enough taquerias -- mainly around Riverdale in Prince George's County and way down Route 1 south of Alexandria. There are many, many "Mexican" places run by Salvadorans, some better than others but none all that great.

        I happen to think that the fajitas and chips and salsa at Rio Grande Cafe, Cactus Cantina and Guapo's are very good in their own way (many will disagree), but it's still not the same as a really good green- or red-chile burrito (or "burro," as Arizonans would say) or really good enchiladas or huevos rancheros in Tucson or Phoenix.

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        1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

          FWIW, I think that Anita's and Taq Poblano just have chile verde-filled burritos and enchiladas, and not chile verde as a standalone dish; Austin Grill does sometimes have chile verde as a special sometimes, and it's not bad, but not great. On the whole, though, I suspect that Austin Grill might be the closest to what you are looking for; smothered burritos and chiles rellenos are the sort of thing they do well.

          1. re: sweth

            Anita has green chile on some dishes, and they've been willing, on request, to put it on many others. I've never asked them to serve it as a stand-alone dish, but I suspect they'd be willing.

          2. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

            We too moved here from AZ (Tucson) about a year ago, and thanks to your post, we now know that our quest for good Mexican food shall come to an end.

            1. re: mandibis

              You should try the goat taco at El Charrito Caminante in Arlington. I just returned from California where I ate a great taqueria twice in the same day. Tripas, carnitas, cabezas, and al pastor ... but the cabrito at TECC still holds a place in my heart. If you are anywhere in the area of South of Alexandria on Rte 1, then you should try the huarache con birria at Guadelajara Tacos y Tortas.

          3. Taqueria Distrito Federal in Columbia Heights is small, good and very inexpensive, but I don't think it has any of the menu items you're seeking. However, the customers in there are always speaking Spanish...maybe a good sign?

            1. Great timing. Today's New York Times has an article about TexMex and the differences between TexMex and Mexican. I associate the items you describe with TexMex (smothered burritos) and NewMexMex (green chili on absolutely everything, including ice cream) and not with Mexican cooking from any region of Mexico. I think the reason people say you can't get good Mexican food in DC is that they are thinking about one or more of the regional cuisines of Mexico (Oaxacan, Yucatanian, etc.) and not "comidas typicas" by way of San Antonio. I think you will find the kind of food you want in the Riverdale area. Oyamel is more "concept Mexican" and definitely based on the regional cuisines of Mexico.

              1. For what you're looking for, Anita's might fit the bill. It's New Mex Mex but has good red and green chile and smothered burritos.


                As authentic goes, my favorite is Abi Azteca, tucked away in Woodbridge. Service is slow but food is good. Quite a few large flat screen TVs with different soccer games on, in spanish.

                ABI Azteca Grill & Bar
                13760 Smoketown Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192

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                1. re: chowser

                  While I do love mexican food (I still can't wait to go back to Frontera Grill in Chicago...my favorite meal ever), new mexican I probably like even more. I noticed Anita's has carne adovada, my favorite new mexican dish (thought I will not even begin to compare it to rancho de chimayo, just my own feeble attempts at making it).

                  Is Anita's worth a drive from Chevy Chase?

                  1. re: aaronsinger

                    From what I've heard about Frontera Grill, I don't think it will compare. Anita's does some things well (slow cooked meats we've tried are pretty good) and some not. I like the posole but chicken breast in most things is on the dry side. Tortillas are hard. Papusas are good but don't compare to Abi Azteca. I think my husband has tried the adovada and liked it (but I can't remember if he had that or carnitas). So, for a drive from Chevy Chase, I'd say it's probably not worth it but if you happen to be in NoVA, stop by. It has never been disappointing but you only get the "mmm" factor on some dishes.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Yeah, no way would I even begin to compare it Frontera. I guess if I find myself in the area for any reason, I'll stop by.

                      1. re: aaronsinger

                        Frontera/ Topolobampo is amazing. Anita's is nothing like it and probably not worth the drive. You may want to try Richard Sandoval's Zengo (down town in Penn Quarter) and pick from the less asian style items - they label themselves a mexican asian fusion. check out their menus at www.modernmexican.com.

                    2. re: aaronsinger

                      Apologies for the tangent, Aaron, but when you go back, I'd consider branching out. Frontera and Topolobampo are undeniably awesome, but the upscale (and upscale-ish) Mexican scene in Chicago has really exploded over the last decade. The city's chock full of places that serve food on par with Bayless' (many run by people who have come from his kitchen) but aren't a total zoo.

                    3. re: chowser

                      Anitas is the worst New Mexican food I have ever had and I GREW UP IN NEW MEXICO.

                      You're better off going to Taco Bell.

                      Such a disgrace.

                    4. El Tapatio in Bladensburg is my favorite taqueria. But I really don't think that it's what your looking for. It sounds like you might want something more Baja style? I know most Californians that come to this area are disappointed, and I don't think that there are many places in this area that really focus on that variation. I hate to suggest it, but have you tried Baja Fresh? They have some sort of smothered burrito thing. On another note, does anyone know where I can find a smothered torta? I've not been able to find one in this area.

                      1. I noticed that here, and on the Washington Post website, people really talk up Guajillo. While maybe I am in the minority, I have never been impressed with them. I have gone three times in the last two years, and all three times the food was not hot (quite cold even) and the service was poor/borderline rude. Unfortunately the combination of those two things overshadowed the entire dinner. Maybe I just had bad luck, but that is a three-for-three bad experience. Am I the only one who has experienced Guajillo in this way?

                        I do like to frequent the little in Del Ray place called Taqueria Poblano. It is small, but I have always been impressed with their Tacos al Pastor and their Cebollitas. Despite its size, I have never felt rushed, either.

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                        1. re: kcboy

                          My food has always been hot and service decent, not like incredible, but it is what I would expect for a mexican place. I have really enjoyed many things including the lamb tacos, but I haven't been to the place in Del Ray and see it talked about a lot.

                          I live right beside Rio Grande and don't really like it, the menu is very plain and I find it bland, but it is ok for like fajitas, but I rather make those at home.

                          1. re: kcboy

                            If you are going to get Mexican in Del Ray, head a few blocks north of Poblano, and hit Los Tios. Better food, better service.

                            1. re: afrosupreme

                              I agree that Los Tios is better than Taqueria Poblano, but like most Mex places in DC, it's run by Salvadoreans, so the Mex is really Tex-Mex, and it's just ok. The Salvadorean part of the menu is better.

                              1. re: afrosupreme

                                I've been to both and i think hands down Cantina Mexicana on 23rd street in Crystal City is better. Not to mention there jumbo margraritas and the great service. I am still looking for the best relleno and will let you know when i find one.

                            2. Guajillo is inconsistent but usually good. Their new Cafe Oaxaca in Adams Morgan has six or seven different moles and is authentic "southern" Mexican. There is a good Mexican restaurant (Mariachi?) on the Rockville Pike near Twinbrook Parkway. Tia Queta in Bethesda was good on a visit two years ago although I still miss the original Enriqueta's in Georgetown from the '80's and '90's. Rio Grande is called Uncle Julio's in Dallas where the Morning News gives it three stars as the second highest rated Tex Mex place in the Metroplex. It is identical here. In the '70's I would drive monthly from Silver Spring to the original Anita's in Vienna where we would stand in line on Friday and Saturday night for an hour to get in although sometimes "in" meant sitting at a table in the parking lot in back. When Anita's opened their "new" place in Vienna I went once and never returned. I also never thought their other "joints" were as good although they have a great breakfast burrito. In the '70's Anita's competition was Arlington's Speedy Gonzales near Red Top Cab. I still miss Speedy's. Anita's really does have an outpost in New Mexico although depending on the New Mexican restaurant that you are comparing it to it may be good or bad. Garduno's is considered in magazine and newspaper polls to be Albuquerque's best but it really isn't. Anita's carne adovada is as good as Garduno's although not quite as hot. Rosa Mexicana has great tableside guacamole but I'm not a fan of this place. I'm also not a fan of any of the Riverdale mom and pop places which so many rave about. They are uneven and really, for the most part, have home cooking. Still, I've eaten my way through Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland and other small towns in Texas who have great mom and pop Tex Mex and Mex and none of the Riverdale "storefronts" even approach what I've found there. For that matter the best New Mexican is at similar places there, not at the large well known places. The same would be true for Dallas.

                              The best Tex Mex I ever had was at the original Ninfa's on Navigation Blvd. in Houston in the early '80's. Ninfa herself made her tortillas with fantastic tacos al carbon. At some point she opened other restaurants in Houston, Dallas and St. Peterburg but none even approached the Navigation Blvd. original.

                              For chili rellenos, smothered burritos and so forth you are not going to replace the best of Colorado here. You will find excellent mole, fajitas, carne adovada and so forth. But I think there is a particular "taste" for what you are looking for and part of that "taste" might be having it IN Colorado. I know that Anita's is better in New Mexico than it is here although the food, to me, seems the same. I think it's just that eating green chili that close to Hatch makes it taste better than it does in suburban Washington, D. C.

                              Last, when you cross the border into, say, Juarez, the Mexican there really is different from what you find in much of the U. S. You also find different standards of excellence. What great tortilla soup tastes like at the Camino Real in El Paso (best I have ever had)and what it tastes like in Phoenix or Los Angeles or here are totally different. For that matter you can't get a great Maryland crab cake outside of a 150 mile radius of here. But that's another topic.

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                              1. re: Joe H

                                I was at that Ninfa's. Was it good, or did we just think it was, as you could not find the carne anywhere else? I could not recommend El Mariachi as a good Mexican restaurant; it's ok as a place to eat, but nothing is that great, and their attempts at cuban (for example, ropa viejo) falls flat. Thus, it is not really a Mexican restaurant. Forgo Mariachi and go next door to La Limena for Peruvian, homestyle. Next I will try the taco truck at Touchless car wash on Shady Grove Road.

                                1. re: Joe H

                                  Hey Joe, I'll be staying at the Camino Real next week. thanks for the tip! Anything else you'd recommend there?

                                  1. re: Ellen

                                    I had three (yes, three!!!!) servings of their tortilla soup. I cannot tell you how jealous I am of you. And, the bar that I had it in was really "atmospheric." (huge dome in the ceiling.) I can't say much for the dated rooms but the tortilla soup was to die for! Still, give serious consideration to crossing the border and going to the nondescript but seriously outstanding (and memorable) "Chihuawha Charlie's" (sp?). They had the largest mariachi band in all of Juarez!!! They also had the Tequila bandito who would challenge you to drink shots of tequila which they were pushing. All of this aside, the best tableside preparation of tequila shrimp that I have ever had in my life. Genuinely delicious. This is a national chain but locally thought of as among the best, if not THE best, in Juarez. And, don't drive in Juarez in the daytime. You'll understand if you do.

                                    Damn, Ellen, I'm really jealous!

                                  2. re: Joe H

                                    I grew up an hour from Hatch, NM and trust me eating it there vs Anitas here in VA has nothing to do with the scenery, and has everything to do with THE FOOD!

                                    As stated earlier (and parden the bitter tangent) but Anitas should not have New Mexico associated with any aspect of their chain, especially the food.

                                    1. re: Joe H

                                      Aagh, I STILL miss the old Ninfa's. The green sauce, the tacos al carbon . . . wow, those were the days. Last year some construction guys were working on my house. Turns out they'd come up here from Houston a few months previously. I brought them out some iced tea and we spent a good 20 minutes listing all the great Tex-Mex joints there that we missed -- and listing all the ones we'd tried here and been disappointed in.

                                      There is NO wonderful Tex-Mex this close to the Mason Dixon line, alas. I've tried them all. Now sometimes you can get lucky and have an acceptable -- or even good -- meal at Cactus Cantina or Austin Grill. Sometimes even Rio Grande. But it's not consistent and frankly what I call good here would be considered mediocre in Texas.

                                      Of course, you can drive to BWI, get on Southwest, and fly to Houston or Austin -- no shortage there. WHY is there no excellent Tex-Mex here?

                                    2. What about On the Border? I am from Texas and I typically don't like chain restaurants. But after trying terrible tex-mex food all around dc...this is the best tex mex restaurant in and around dc. The two locations that I would suggest are in Tysons and the Potomac Mills area.

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                                      1. re: Smiles2008

                                        I vastly prefer Rio Grande to On the Border....

                                        1. re: Smiles2008

                                          My wife is also from Texas, and prefers Taco Bell to On the Border. Yuck.

                                          1. re: DanielK

                                            Really? Wow, I am really surprised. I mean over RioGrande (uncle julio's) and Taco Bell? I still think for a tex-mex chain it serves up better than most here in DC? They have great salsa, queso, fajitas, basic tacos, and other basic tex mex goods. It's really just basic tex mex with a decent salsa...plus fresh chips. I don't know...

                                            1. re: Smiles2008

                                              Rio Grande is hit and miss - but they used to be a lot better, years ago. We miss the cabrito!

                                              On The Border to us is Mexican-themed TGIFriday's. No better than the (thankfully) departed ChiChi's. The only attractive part was the Rube Goldberg-esque tortilla making machine, which bought us 20 minutes of silence when the kids were toddlers.

                                              Both suffer from American Chain-itis, where at popular meal times you wait 30-60 minutes for a table. No way.

                                          2. re: Smiles2008

                                            Gag me. On the Border is bloody awful. Well, at least the one on Rockville Pike is wretched. It gives Tex-Mex a bad name, and around here that's hard to do! I'm surprised it's still open.

                                            1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                              This is turning a bit vitriolic, but I have to say that the OTB on Rockville pike is a watershed location for true hounds, imo. If anyone actually goes in, rather than around to Joe's, I would question their hound-ness.

                                              Anyway, two more things:
                                              - This topic comes up frequently and from all the past threads, no we don't have Tex-Mex like they make in TX, or Mexican like you find in Southern CA. There are some great other offerings, including Mexican, but not those two styles (not fully sure myself about "true Tex Mex" or "Southern CA style Mexican", but I know we have some good offerings, and more if you include Central American fare).

                                              - In a last ditch effort to try to help you out a bit, Tortilla Factory in Herndon bills itself as Sonoran. I've always taken it to mean "Arizona style Mexican-ish cooking". IMO, it's a decent place that's easy to take kids to. I don't overly rec it here based on food, but I'm also not specifically looking for "Arizona style Mexican-ish" food.

                                          3. anyone tried las/los (?) toltecas on duke street in alexandria?
                                            lunchtime yesterday, there were 7 -10 cars.....

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                                            1. re: alkapal

                                              Is that the new bar/mexican on Duke? I went past that last night and thought the same thing-there were several cars in the parking lot...Has anyone been there?

                                              1. re: Smiles2008

                                                it was set back a little on the north side of duke, but had mexican blankets covering the windows inside. not very inviting. sign seemed new-ish to me. not terribly far from landmark.

                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                  The sign is new, but the place is only sort-of new. It used to be Dancing Peppers Cantina, an OK Tex-Mex place. Los Toltecos is a small local Tex-Mex chain; I haven't made it to the Duke St location yet, but the one in Sterling is actually surprisingly good and very cheap.


                                                  1. re: sweth

                                                    thanks for the link, sweth. will check out their carnitas.

                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                      As it happens, I was driving down Duke St on Saturday morning, and this thread reminded me about Los Toltecos, so I did stop by for an early lunch. It's definitely the same menu as the Sterling one, with the same combo of good Tex-Mex and low prices. I had the chicken mole enchiladas (listed as "chicken poblano enchiladas" on the lunch menu); two enchiladas plus some rice (and the standard chips & salsa) were just $6, and while the mole wasn't as good as, say, Picante in Chantilly back in its heydey, it was still pretty good. I don't know that I'll make a special trip there given that I'm a few blocks from Austin Grill in Old Town, but it will definitely be on the list of possible places to grab a bite if I'm already in the West End.

                                            2. I was at Mi Rancho in Silver Spring last night and it to seems authentic to me which means that there is nothing Central American on the menu. It is only a block from the Silver Spring Metro.

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                                              1. re: BookGuy

                                                We went to Mi Rancho in SS when they first opened, with some trepidation. We told ourselves if it were really bad we would just re-name in Muy Rauncho. But we enjoyed ourselves. There's another one up in Germantown with a nice outdoor patio. It's not really Tex-Mex, though.

                                              2. My favorite Place is El Paso in Springfield is hands down IMHO. I have eaten at a ton of places that claim to be Mexican but nothing comes close to El Paso. Although it is part of a chain (all owned by the same family if I remember correctly) the food and service is always great! If something isnt on the menu, just ask and they just might make it for you, depending on how busy they are. It is definitely worth the drive and I have been known to plan my day around that place!

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                                                1. re: asia143

                                                  What would you recommend there? I've been to El Paso twice based on recs from others, and haven't been nearly as impressed as I've been told I ought to be.

                                                  1. re: sweth

                                                    I usually get one of their combo platters since it is a little bit of everything but the ceviche there is suprisingly good. I love their chile rellenos and their huevos rancheros isnt to shabby. If I dont go with a combo, then its usually what is on special, but I've never been disappointed with the food. What did you get when you went and what day? I've found that the food seems to be the best on the week day during off peak hours. When they are slammed their kitchen sometimes rushes so much and things dont come out as hot or as well prepared as they should be.

                                                    1. re: asia143

                                                      The first time I went was a long time ago, and I don't remember what I got. The second time was late last year; I went on a weekday during off-peak hours, and there was one other couple there when I arrived, and another two-top that arrived just as I was leaving. I asked the waitress what was best, and she suggested the fajitas, so I got those; they weren't bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. Ceviche, chile rellenos, and huevos rancheros are all among my favorite tex-mex dishes, though, so I may have to make a return trip now that I know what to order.

                                                      1. re: sweth

                                                        I used to be down in Springfield regularly and tried El Paso 3 or 4 times. It was mediocre. Gee, maybe it's me! I expect it to be bad and it is. Sure would like a pleasant surprise sometimes (sighing wistfully).

                                                2. I've recently ran into a really good Mexican place that reminds me of the food I've had when I'd travel to Mexico. They have home made burritos and very tasty spices. I was surprised to find they even make their own tortillas, both flower and corn. The place is called Taqueria Atotonilco and they are located on the western side of 695 near Security Mall. Their website is here: http://taqueria-atotonilco.com

                                                  Taqueria Atotonilco - Authentic Mexican Food
                                                  1724 Woodlawn Dr, Baltimore, MD

                                                  1. El Tejanos in Gemantown used to have some killer Chile Rellenos, they have changed hands in the last few years so I'm not even sure if it's anywhere near as good as it used to be.
                                                    Recently ate at Tapatio 2 in Gaithersburg,yum... tasted darn authentic to me. Not fond of on the border, or Rio Grande (not anymore...back in the day it was great), Guapos in Bethesda or at the Rio have always been a mexican favorite.
                                                    Rosa Mexicana in DC, pricey, yet tasty and authentic...fancy pants mexican, (doesnt sound like the Original Chubby's you are referring to,but its good).

                                                    1. Upscale Mexican - Oyamel is good but their tacos aren't anything special.

                                                      For authentic tacos - Tacqueria El Michoacan in Manassas. $2.50 per taco of your choice. Everything is made fresh. Their tongue tacos are so much better than Oyamel's. Try the Carne Asada, Carnitas, and Lengua. They have an English menu and serves muy cold beer.

                                                      1. It is more of a carryout than a cafe, tho it has stools to grab a fast bite at, but Taqueria el Caminante Charrito on Washington Blvd in Arlington rocks! The pork tacos are awesome, nicely spicy without knocking you out, tho I do like my food a little warmer than most. You choose the spice level because they enclose small containers of the salsa so you set the temperature. The goat taco is pretty good as well, as is the lengua. Burritos are very good and the tortas with the avocado is outstanding. I grab 3 tacos usually, $6, and take them to Lyon Park about 3 blocks away. Excellent every time.


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                                                        1. re: Ziv

                                                          isn't there a s. american butcher/grocery near that?

                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                            Yes, it is on the corner across from the gas station. It is Brazilian/Portuguese. It's a fun place.

                                                            1. re: ChewFun

                                                              I didn't know it was any good, I usually go to la Union on Old Lee, I will have to check out the one on Pershing and Washington.

                                                              1. re: Ziv

                                                                ziv, is la union a butcher? does it sell bacon?

                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                  It has a butcher, but the owner is usually trimming less expensive cuts of beef when I have been walking by... Not sure about the bacon. I used to go for the saltenas but they don't have a supplier any longer so I go less often and get the pupusas and corn tamales. Mostly though, I just get mexican/salvadoran groceries and beverages. I will check on it tomorrow and get back to you, it is on my way to the gym so a pupusa has my name on it...

                                                                  1. re: Ziv

                                                                    There's also El Chapparal up just East of Clarendon, across from Whole Foods. I can't remember if they do bacon, but they offer a number of meats at the butcher counter (including a few chorizos).

                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                    Alkapal, it is a butcher, but he doesn't do as much meat cutting as he used to, and he no longer does bacon or chorizo. There were a few cuts, fajita vacio, cosi de res, lomo de res, palomila y masita, but not much else. But the corn tamales were, if anything, more succulent than ever with the sour cream to dip them in, and the pupusas come with a deliciously tangy cabbage I put in the red salsa, very nice.
                                                                    Dennis is right about el Chapparal near Clarendon, I really like the ribeye there, very tasty, albeit a bit tough. I fried their chorizo with eggs, not a very successful dish, I guess you have to know how to prepare it correctly. Staff is very cool, even with the linguistically impaired.

                                                                    1. re: Ziv

                                                                      thanks for the report back -- do appreciate it, ziv!

                                                                      1. re: Ziv

                                                                        Over the past three years, I've rarely gone (since I'm in Reston with kids now). They used to have a few different types of chorizo. If I recall correctly, a looser, more reddish one did work with eggs well, but none of the others at that time did (though the others worked for other dishes, such as tacos at home, etc). Hopefully they haven't pared back too much. If they haven't, maybe try another type.

                                                              2. re: Ziv

                                                                Someone else who lives near there recommended it to me recently. Can't wait to try it.

                                                              3. I really enjoy Mexican Pepito's Bakery on Columbia Rd., between 17th and 18th st. I find that it has some of the most authentic Mexican "street" food in the DC area. I do enjoy Oyamel as well, but when I'm not in the mood for the trendy, more expensive meal there, I always go to Pepito's for my Mexican fix. Their carnitas are delicious, as are the cochinita tacos.

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                                                                1. re: DMcCabe

                                                                  And their tortas!

                                                                  For El Charrito, his chorizo is easily my favorite of all time.

                                                                  1. re: DMcCabe

                                                                    Second (third) Pepito's. I split a delicious huitlacoche quesadilla there the other day- not as good as the first one I ever had (the Platonic ideal of huitlacoche, in a Mex restaurant in S Philly) but still, I'm going back!

                                                                    1. re: caerphilly

                                                                      for a yuk (figurative, and -- seemingly --- literal!), look at this on huitlacoche: http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/...

                                                                      warning: aficianados and serious mexican foodies may be offended. me? it makes me LOL!

                                                                      1. re: caerphilly

                                                                        Aw man... I tried Pepito's shortly after moving to Mt. Pleasant area, and was totally disappointed. As a Northern Californian, i do think I have a high expectation for Mex grub, much less Tex Mex. Anywhere in the district other than Pepito's that people recommend for good chile verde or carnitas? This thread is pretty discouraging..

                                                                    2. I am also from Colorado and love Chubby's off North Ave.
                                                                      I live in Baltimore, and also looking for some great mexican food?

                                                                      1. I am late to this one, but has anyone tried Sierra Grill in Calverton/Beltsville?
                                                                        Sierra's Grill & Taqueria11619 Beltsville Dr
                                                                        Calverton Shopping Ctr
                                                                        Beltsville, MD 20705

                                                                        It seems always busy, food is fresh, delicious and plentiful...staff is friendly. Decor is basic but the food warrants a drive from my home near PA a couple times a year.

                                                                        1. NO NO AND MORE NOs
                                                                          None of these have real Mexican food.
                                                                          Austin grill, Guapos, Cantina, etc what a joke.
                                                                          Merely a coverup of central american food.
                                                                          The Mexicans who came to this area lived in Warrenton, Va and Frederick, Md but once the farms were sold and homes were constructed on farm land, many of them moved away out of state.
                                                                          If you are used to SW or real Mexican food, I actually found a place somewhat decent called El Tios in Gainesville, Va.
                                                                          I heard from some Mexicanos that there is a place across from Quantico marine base but it is a mom and pop shop that is decent.
                                                                          Good luck!