Lauriol Plaza
A rooftop spot for frozen swirly margaritas and sizzling fajitas.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
Lauriol Plaza
Address: 1835 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-387-0035
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tacos; enchiladas; chimichangas; fajitas; grilled quail; grilled chicken.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

It's rare to pass Lauriol Plaza on a weekend without seeing a line of people on the sidewalk waiting for a table. Part of its appeal is its outdoor dining space--on the sidewalk and a roof deck. But more than that, Lauriol Plaza almost defines what a Cheap Eats restaurant should be--large portions of good food at fair prices. Like its sister restaurant, Cactus Cantina, Lauriol Plaza is a cut above most of its Tex-Mex competition.

The usual tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas offer very good value for the money, but the real treats are the meats grilled over a mesquite fire. Fajitas are cooked to a tender medium rare; quail are succulent and burnished to a lovely mahagony brown; chicken is tender and moist. Any of these, with the accompanying flour tortillas, rice, beans, and guacamole--and perhaps a Dos Equis or a margarita--make for a great bargain meal.
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