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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....


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    mdpilam RE: tommyskitchen Oct 25, 2012 01:20 PM

    I saw that. Chipotle made it, LOL.

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      KeithW RE: tommyskitchen Oct 25, 2012 05:54 PM

      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.)

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        hill food RE: KeithW Oct 26, 2012 02:06 AM

        Keith - be easy on yourself, Chipotle doesn't completely suck, I just wouldn't include it on a 'best of' list unless the deciding criteria was 'convenient' and I hate to say but is better than a certain local chain with the initials BB.

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        armybaker RE: tommyskitchen Oct 26, 2012 08:04 AM

        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.

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          Ziv RE: tommyskitchen Oct 26, 2012 08:19 AM

          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.

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            mdpilam RE: Ziv Oct 26, 2012 09:55 AM

            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:

            La Mexicana
            El Chilango
            Distrito Federal

            If I include Baltimore, I'd put Tortilleria Sinaloa at the top.

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              flavrmeistr RE: mdpilam Oct 26, 2012 02:20 PM

              Add El Nayar in Elkridge.

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              Steve RE: Ziv Oct 27, 2012 04:05 AM

              The goat taco at TECC is the only great taco I've had in the area.

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                mdpilam RE: Steve Oct 27, 2012 08:43 AM

                I've had a great goat taco at Tortilleria Sinaloa - though they only sometimes have it (weekends only?).

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                  Steve RE: mdpilam Oct 27, 2012 01:47 PM

                  I haven't been there yet, but I look forward to going the next time in Baltimore. What kind of taco?

            3. luckyfatima RE: tommyskitchen Oct 29, 2012 04:21 PM

              Manassas is far away, but they got good tacos at Taquería Tres Reyes. I had the lengua and barbacoa (they do goat barbacoa) last I went. Also had their sopes. Very nice. Made me feel happy as a homesick Texan.

              Chipotle? Really?!?!

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                mdpilam RE: luckyfatima Oct 30, 2012 07:59 AM

                Is that one related to the Tres Reyes in Hyattsville/Bladensburg? Because I ate there once and it was terrible. Literally inedible.

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                  luckyfatima RE: mdpilam Oct 30, 2012 08:57 AM

                  Could be, I have no idea. 'Tres Reyes' is a very common name for businesses ( for Los Tres Reyes Magos, or the Magi of the Christian bible), so not necessarily related.

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                KeithW RE: tommyskitchen Nov 11, 2012 10:13 PM

                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.

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