District Taco Opens in Penn Quarter (Pictures)

From food truck to fast-casual chain: The popular Virginia taqueria opens its first DC operation.

By: Anna Spiegel

They began with a Virginia-roving food truck, then settled into a Arlington brick-and-mortar, but District Taco co-owners Marc Wallace and Osiris Hoil are finally living up to the "District" in their brand name with their new 35-seat Penn Quarter location. The concept is fairly simple: It offers up customizable tacos, burritos, salads, and quesadillas, all made under the watchful eye of Hoil's brother/chef, Eric.

For tacos, start by picking fresh corn or flour tortillas, and then choose either breakfast tacos (scrambled eggs or egg whites, cheese, potatoes) or the lunch/dinner variety, stuffed with slow-cooked pork carnitas, marinated grilled chicken, or shaved steak. After that, pile on unlimited toppings like zingy pico de gallo, cilantro, guacamole, and crumbly Mexican chorizo, then take a spin around the salsa bar, where three types pack varying amounts of heat.

There's also spicy shrimp ceviche, huevos rancheros, nachos, and bacon-topped queso. Look for a beer license in the coming weeks.

District Taco. 1309 F St., NW; districttaco.com. Open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM.