100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Alegria
Trio of tacos from Alegria. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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100 Best Restaurants 2014

Alegria
Address: 111 Church St., NW, Vienna, VA
Phone: 703-261-6575
Neighborhood: Vienna
Cuisines: Mexican
Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)
Noise Level: Rowdy
Best Dishes Guacamole; queso fundido with rajas (roasted poblano chilies) and onions; mushroom-and-goat-cheese taquitos; fish, pork, chicken-breast, and mushroom tacos; skirt steak; short-rib enchiladas.

One of the best ways to begin a round of small plates at Patrick Bazin’s snug Mexican kitchen is with an order of sweet plantain sopes—fluffy masa cakes stuffed with the soft fruit plus black-bean purée, queso fresco, and an elegant Oaxacan-style black mole. Served with thin tortilla chips, a molcajeteof fresh jalapeño-laced guacamole makes for another good opener. Jalapeño shows up again, pickled this time, in Baja-style, tempura-fried fish tacos with vinegary slaw, one of the star dishes. The one thing that’s unfortunate about the oft-crowded restaurant: the acoustics. One screaming kid can ruin an evening here. Good thing the margaritas are strong. 

Open: Sunday through Friday for dinner, Saturday for brunch and dinner. 

Don’t Miss: Queso fundido; mushroom-and-goat-cheese taquitos; portobello-mushroom tacos with pumpkin seeds; short-rib enchiladas; passionfruit margarita.

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  • arelli

    you should add the website of the restaurant to check it….

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