Eater's reader-generated best Taco list for Dc and surrounding 'Burbs
- tommyskitchen Oct 24, 2012 05:57 PM
Many of these have been discussed here before - Some I haven't tried, so I am looking forward to those - But I am also bummed that Costalilla didn't make the list....
I have only been to a couple of these places.
I would definitely not include Taqueria El Poblano based on my lunch there a few months ago. I think I tried, and did not like, the fish tacos -- but I recall being unimpressed by all the food at our table.
I would certainly have included Taqueria Nacional.
(I enjoy Chipotle, so maybe I have no cred.)
Chipotle is tasty, but not a best in DC worthy place. Isn't the point supposed to be a local spot?
District taco has good tacos, but I prefer Oyamel (as pretentious blah blah) as it may be.
I like la Mexicana's tacos, but I have to give the nod to Tacqueria el Charrito Caminante. The touch of radish, the spices in the salsa, the lengua, the cabrito, (the chorizo hasn't been as good as it used to be, though) they are simply very good tacos. Mexicana's are kind of mushy. Tasty, but not as good as TECC's.
And if I am looking for convenience, I will eat a fish taco at Baja Fresh, or a regular taco at Chipotle or District Taco. They aren't as good as the first two I mentioned, but they have a place to sit down and they aren't terrible.
Mushy at La Mexicana, really? I've never had that experience and eat there quite a bit considering I live 45 min away and have no car. I consistently get asada, pollo (yeah, I know, but they do a great pollo) and carnitas and they are all consistently very good to great (for DC). I've had their lengua, birria (on special occasions when they have it) and chorizo. The lengua has been inconsistent and I only get it at a place where I know it will be consistently good (Distrito Federal does good lengua), the birria was good, but over spiced, but the chorizo was not good, and for some reason they put refried beans in there. The real star though is their torta ahogada.
TECC was the first taqueria I ate at when I moved here (from CA), and I was enormously disappointed. The goat was the only good thing, and I thought their chorizo was almost as bad as Taco Bell. The rest were average to subpar (see report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771953).
As a native Californian, I sorely miss good taquerias (and tacos), so it was my first mission to find good tacos here, and after a yr and half my pecking order is:
If I include Baltimore, I'd put Tortilleria Sinaloa at the top.
I finally got to Tacqueria el Charrito Caminante (TECC) and I'd certainly put it near the top of a tacos list for DC. My favorite was the chorizo, goat was a close second, lengua (tongue) was also fine. Maybe it was my mood but I actually enjoyed sitting at the no-frills counter. It's amazingly inexpensive.