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Cantina-ish place in DC/Arlington.

WestN May 2, 2008 08:24 AM

I have a friend coming down from NY next week and he wants to hit a mexican place. Now, I realize that mexican is discussed ad nauseam on here so I'm not trying to start a new "authentic" or "best" thread and I'm not interested in inquiries as to why someone would visit DC and request mexican. Rather, I just have couple specific requests:

First, the food/atmosphere. We'd prefer something leaning on the side of hole in the wall that serves simple dishes. Focus on authenticity, any specific regional fare, and/or Tex-Mex are not that important as long as they have some basics that are done well. (in the interest of full disclosure I'll admit my favorite place in the region for mexican is El Charro in Woodbridge. They make exceedingly simple dishes that rarely fail. So anything similar to that would be great)

Second, and of equal importance to the food, we're looking for a good selection of tequila and beer, though anything above and beyond Corona and Cuervo will do.

Anything metro accessible is great b/c we're most likely going to drink a lot but short drives (into Arlington or Alexandria) are doable. Thanks.

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  1. ktmoomau RE: WestN May 2, 2008 08:44 AM

    I don't do much tequilla or beer so maybe someone else can comment but what about Guajillo? It is a little nicer than a whole in the wall, but isn't like pretty.

    If not that you might think about the Del Ray area. I don't think taqueria poblano has a lot of liquor but I could be wrong, but maybe Los Tios down there does?

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      cabster RE: ktmoomau May 2, 2008 09:00 AM

      I'm a big fan of El Paso on Pershing St. in Arlington, just off Glebe Road. Great drinks, best fajitas, and authentic-seeming atmosphere.

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        bylinemjf RE: cabster May 2, 2008 01:31 PM

        I'll second that. Some good Salvadoran dishes, too.

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      BookGuy RE: WestN May 2, 2008 10:04 AM

      If you are willing to do a metro ride to the Silver Spring station, Mi Rancho is one block up Ramsey Avenue across Colesville Road from the station. See: http://www.miranchotexmexrestaurant.com/

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        justaddwater RE: WestN May 2, 2008 06:45 PM

        The two obvious choices are Cactus Cantina in Tenley and Mi Rancho in Silver Spring with the latter offering an outdoor dining experience in their very pleasant patio.

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