And while Georgetown is in the midst of a taco revolution, it isn’t quite at the forefront of D.C. neighborhood taco spots.
Here’s a look at D.C.’s neighborhoods and the number of taco-serving restaurants each contains. Hint: Columbia Heights and the U Street Corridor are the best places to be when a craving hits.
Please note: As much as we would love to spend days on the taco beat, this list is not exhaustive and does not include larger chain restaurants. (Sorry, Chipotle. Your tacos are still fantastic.)
Dupont Circle is an ideal neighborhood for taco lovers. Case-in-point: Surfside’s Taco Stand on N Street is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There’s also Mission, for those who prefer a taco-centric happy hour scene — complete with pitchers of margaritas on the patio — and District Taco, a local business that serves breakfast tacos all day.
Smoke and Barrel is perhaps best known for its barbecue and bourbon, but on Tuesday nights, it’s all about tacos ($5 for three) at this Adams Morgan spot. The taco trays at Johnny Pistolas also attract diners to the neighborhood, and so does the extensive list of no-frills tacos at Super Tacos & Bakery.
Smells of freshly-made tortillas, pupusas and specialty Salvadoran baked goods flood the streets of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights. Even on the shortest jaunt, it’s hard to avoid a hankering for a platter of spicy stacked tortillas topped with fresh avocado and lime. Luckily, there are a number of places around to satisfy the craving.
Want a more upscale taco experience (we’re talking duck tacos at Tico)? A beer garden taco experience? Or a quick and casual meal? Whatever mood you’re in, you’re sure to find the perfect bite in D.C.’s U Street Corridor area.
There’s not as high of a taco concentration in downtown D.C., but then again, the area (Metro Center, Chinatown, McPherson Square, K Street and Farragut Square) attracts all of the food trucks. Undoubtedly, residents and businessmen are getting their lunchtime taco fix routinely — either truck-side on 13th Street or at a power lunch.