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Nov 8, 2010 07:59 AM

District Taco

I'm confused as to when District Taco (the restaurant) is open. I live nearby and am itching to try it, but it only looks open now and then. Anyone know? Thanks!

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  1. it was pumping out some delicious smelling wood smoke today around noon!

    1. A sign on the door said they were opening at 4pm today. Did not go back to check it out, however..

      1. Their facebook page says they have been in a soft opening for the last couple of days, with the grand opening tomorrow, nov. 11.

        buen provecho!

        1. I had no idea where this place was, so I googled it. If anyone else is curious, here is the address:

          5723 Lee Highway
          Arlington, VA 22207-1424
          (703) 539-2165

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            it is in the old location for "restaurant vero" and next to the "cursed location" (but importantly, not IN the cursed location itself, lee highway and lexington st. -- on lee highway (rte 29) about midway between glebe to the east and rte. 66 to the west.)

            it is at the end of a very small, old strip shopping center.

            just sniff the air! follow your nose -- it always knows.

            1. re: alkapal

              It was open last night (or at least there were some people in the place) but I had already picked up some carry-out from Lebanese Taverna. I can't wait to try District Taco. Anyone eaten at their restaurant yet?

              1. re: cabster

                Hubby and I stopped by District Taco last night for a quick dinner. You can tell the place is having some growing pains--the line to order moved pretty slowly--but that could be partially customers not knowing how and what to order as well as the newness of the staff. We both had chicken and beef tacos (we'll be bolder next time!) and overall I would say they were pretty good, and the prices are quite fair. I don't like spicy food so I had my tacos pretty plain but there's a nice assortment of add-ons to the tacos, burritos, etc. We live nearby and walked there so that added to my positive feelings about the place. I don't know if it will ever be a place that's worth going way out your way for, but I do think it's a nice "local" option. I'm glad to have District Taco in the neighborhood--and I think it's going to be a great success

                1. re: cabster

                  I tried them out on their first day, about Nov. 10. What I ate was pretty good, but there were clearly some logistical problems. The line moved slowly even at the register, because for each taco you needed to specify which items to include. Since I ordered three tacos, I was asked to specify which items to add to the first taco, then which items to add to the second, etc. I can only imagine that this approach also slowed down the production of the tacos, since the staff had to read three different sets of directions as to what I wanted included on my tacos.

                  And when the tacos arrived, they were wrong. But they tasted pretty good, anyway. I'll try them again when I want a taco and am in their neighborhood, instead of near Tacqueria El Caminente. Some of the non-taco items sounded like they might be worth a try, too.

          2. Looks like they should do what some Five Guys branches do and have those printed order slips that lists all the toppings you can have. That way, customers can take one, check off what they want and be assigned either a number or go by a name on the order so their order won't be confused with someone else's.

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            1. re: yfunk3

              Had lunch there on Wednesday. They had printed paper menus, but they were hard to find. I had a couple of tacos with the day's special, a vinegar and black pepper marinated grilled and diced pork - poc something-or-other. It was pretty tasty but I'll try the pulled pork next time.

              The tacos were nothing special, a double layer of flour tortilla piled up with the filling. I guess it's probably a necessary evil of health inspections for food storage, but I'm liking tacos less and less these days because I find the combination of the warm meat topped by ice cold salsa, veggies, and cheese just doesn't feel good when I take a bite.

                1. re: Pappy

                  Not sure if this is the case for the restaurant, but for the cart you can ask for corn tortillas and they'll happily oblige.

                  1. re: yfunk3

                    Are they store bought either way?

                    1. re: Pappy

                      Not sure. You'll have to ask them (They have a twitter account). They posted a pic or two on Twitter about making their own flour tortillas, but I dunno if they do the same for their corn tortillas.

                      1. re: Pappy

                        I didn't see any little old ladies making tortillas there so I assume they're store bought. "Soft" tacos with flour tortillas are perfectly reasonable (though this might be an American invention). Trying to roll a corn tortilla around a mound of stuff usually results in the tortilla splitting.

                        I didn't see any evidence of frying and bending corn tortillas to make "hard" tacos, but corn was indeed an option by request listed on the menu.