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Jarritos in DC?

Tamarind Jarritos came up on another thread... thought I'd start a new topic on this, as it's pretty far afield of the topic of the other thread.

I just learned that Jarritos is a Mexican soda made without HFCS. Where is it available in DC? I'm especially interested in the tamarind flavor.

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  1. Any Mexican Tienda or Bodega, and some supermarkets carry Jarritos soda.

    Los Primos Mexican Grocery

    21703 Great Mills Rd
    , Lexington Park, MD 20653 United States
    38.263861, -76.457409
    (Address is approximate)
    (cross street: )
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    400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20202

    1. I had mine at Surfside in Glover Park (wow, the fish tacos were kind of awesome and HUGE), but I've seen it around elsewhere...I would bet most places around Columbia Road/Mt Pleasant would have it. There's a market on Mt. Pleasant St. which should be a good source. Maybe even the Safeway on Columbia Road?

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      1. re: hamster

        I'll check that Safeway. I pop round there from time to time. Thanks!

      2. The Mexican govenmrent has adopted policies which favor using sugar instead of HFCS. Many sodas from Mexico are made with sugar. If you want to have a nice cold tamarindo, go to Taqueria El Charrito Caminante and get a goat taco - it was spectacular yesterday- with a Jarritos tamarindo.

        El Charrito Caminante
        2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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        1. re: Steve

          TECC has been on my list of places to try for a long time. I haven't made it there yet. So much food... so little time! :-)

        2. If you're looking for a place in DC, the small grocery markets and bigger Bestway on Mt Pleasant St sell Jarritos in all kinds of flavors, including tamarindo. I have bought them there several times just to have and for my Latino-themed get-togethers.

          1. I just have seen them at the Charrito Caminante in Clarendon, VA area.

            1. Shoppers Food carries this brand

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              1. re: nickdanger

                Thanks, Nick, but I need a place that is Metro-accessible in DC.

                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  I was thinking that when I posted, sorry. Have you tried Trader Joe's?

                  1. re: nickdanger

                    No, I haven't. I'll look the next time I go; thanks!

                    1. re: woodleyparkhound

                      Don't bother trying Trader Joes. They don't have it. Just find an Hispanic market (corner or super) and they will have it. You can also get Tamarind syrup and make your own soda.

                  2. re: woodleyparkhound

                    Mt Pleasant's Latino markets are metro accessible--Columbia Heights (or Circulator from Adams Morgan metro).

                    1. re: DCcook

                      Oops, mean Woodley Park metro on the Circulator.

                      1. re: DCcook

                        Sorry to be a bit thick, DCcook, but could you give me the name of one or tell me a block or two that these are in? I've been having some medical problems that make it difficult to walk, so I'd like to have a good idea of where I'm going before I set off walking. I'm on that Circulator all the time - it will be easy to make this happen. Thanks!

                        1. re: woodleyparkhound

                          Fortunately, Mt Pleasant St isn't too long of a street. There are about 2-3 Latino markets on the left side as you head north. The biggest one is Bestway, near Lamont St. The others are so small and I don't really notice their names but you may want to head straight to Bestway anyway...you'll pass the smaller ones on the way. Hope that helps.

                      2. re: woodleyparkhound

                        The Shoppers on Rt. 1 in Alexandria City, just south of Crystal City, is about a mile walk from the Crystal City metro

                    2. If you're looking for it at a restaurant, Oyamel has it in three flavors (mandarin, grapefruit and tamarind).

                      1. Pretty much any grocery store or Mexican restaurant has them. Tamarindo is the best of the line. Giant has them in the latin food section. Safeway probably does, too. Hell, any grocery store in Wheaton, Langley Park or Silver Spring will have it.

                        1. Hi woodleyparkhound -- In addition to the Mount Pleasant places (which I expect you'd enjoy looking through anyway), the Taco Pica that's in the Argonne, on Harvard by Columbia, also has Jarritos -- I had a tamarind one there the other night, with dinner, in your honor -- and it's directly across from the 42 bus stop there, to cut down on your walking (the circulator goes by there, but I don't think it stops there). They often also have Mexican (non hfcs) Coke and the other night they had this interesting coconut juice drink (from thailand).

                          I would have thought they had it at the Columbia Safeway... I don't think of it as really unusual or particularly special -- I think you'll also find it on most menus at Mexican/Central American restaurants.

                          What I miss is good "refrescos naturales" especially tamarind -- mostly around here they are way way too sweet, very little flavor, but I keep ordering just in case -- so if anybody has a recommendation. Just FYI, if you're interested, a really good fresh tamarind drink is at Old City, the middle-eastern place on Columbia, near the Safeway -- it's different than a Central American version, took me a little getting used to, now I really love it. I don't think they list it on the menu, but have always had it when I've been there.

                          Old City Cafe
                          1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                          1. re: mselectra

                            After having had an especially bad day today (an error in the painful biopsy I had done today means it must be re-done in a yet more painful way next week) it really brought a smile to my face to learn that you had a tamarind Jarritos at Pico Taco in my honor. :-) I have eyed that place a million times with the intent to go. I must get myself there! I will also check out the drink at Old City you mentioned; thanks for the suggestions!

                            Old City Cafe
                            1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

                              Also note that Pico Taco has a second location at 14th and Florida, if you're in the U Street area. I cannot remember if they have Jarritos, but it's pretty likely they offer the same stuff. I will make a note next time I visit. Have enjoyed tacos and tortas here. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.

                              U Street Cafe
                              1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                Well it also cheered me that I inadvertently helped out on a bad day! But so sorry to hear about the biopsy and all -- hope you're feeling better now or very soon, sending good thoughts your way.

                                Perhaps also related to this thread -- if the Mt Pleasant farmers market is convenient for you, they've got a couple cooked food stands there now, at least one is Peruvian (I think that's right) and they've had interesting drinks there -- this weekend it was horchata, which I didn't try...

                              2. re: mselectra

                                Have you tried the ones at Taqueria Nacional near Union Station? I had a watermelon one that was pretty good.

                                Taqueria Nacional
                                400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC

                                1. re: hamster

                                  I actually have had the watermelon drink there and liked it, I'd forgotten about that. It's pretty out of my usual orbit to get over there -- thanks for the reminder.

                              3. Hey woodleyparkhound,
                                I went to El Rinconcito last night and had a delicious tamarind drink which appeared to be home-made. It was my favorite part of the meal. You should try it!

                                Rinconcito Cafe
                                1129 11th St NW Ste Lowr, Washington, DC 20001

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                                1. re: hamster

                                  Thanks, hamster! I've been in the hospital since 11/15 - should be getting out Mon. I'm facing a long recovery, so I'm out of commission restaurant-wise. But this sounds delicious- to be checked out once I'm back on my feet!

                                  1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                    Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that. Best wishes and get well soon!

                                2. Hmart in Gaithersburg carries the tamarind, grapefruit, mango, lime, mandarin and pineapple, if anyone is looking for them outside the Beltway.

                                  1. At any Bodega, and most Giants, and Safeways in the DMV

                                    1. Just spotted tamarind Jarritos - small and large bottles! - at the Giant in Columbia Heights!