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Altacalt Mex/salvadorian on Columbia Pike

Worldwide Diner Oct 20, 2013 07:59 AM

I was in the neighborhood to pick up a new car. They were open on Sunday at 10 so I had a hearty brunch of chicharron and chicken tacos. Beware their tacos are rolled and deep fried, which made them tasty but fattening. In lieu of chips, they provide fried yucca gratis with a spicy sauce unlike the Peruvian joints.

  1. Dennis S Oct 20, 2013 01:53 PM

    Good to hear they're still doing well. I lived near there over a decade ago and went often, but haven't been in some time.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Dennis S
      Steve Oct 20, 2013 04:25 PM

      Atlacatl (correct spelling, former meso-american ruler) was once a leading Salvadoran restaurant, listed by Hispanic Magazine as one the best in the country.

      The place has not returned to its former glory, but is capable of producing a few good dishes.

      1. re: Steve
        Worldwide Diner Oct 21, 2013 06:43 AM

        What are their good dishes? I would say the food I ordered were good but nothing exciting.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner
          Steve Oct 21, 2013 09:23 AM

          I haven't been there in so long. For me, good is not much of a compliment nor a slam. I am expecting to receive good food in a restaurant, that's why I go, and that is my MDR, the minimum daily requirement.

          My advice to anyone going there is KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid, and you will be well pleased. Go for the everyday food, not the cream or wine sauce.

          I looked back to my last post about Atlacatl from 2007. I posited it was probably the best Salvadoran in NoVa.

          Unfortunately, the bar is low.

          1. re: Worldwide Diner
            uniko Oct 26, 2013 04:24 PM

            once upon a time, their shrimp con crema was THE BOMB. but that was in the 80s/90s.

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