Cheap Eats 2007: Guajillo
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Address: 1727 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-807-0840
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: South American, Mexican
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Fried plantains with sour cream; queso fundido; shrimp ceviche; maritas de puerco; carnitas; grilled-shrimp mexicali; pork tacos; tamales; wine-braised rabbit; chicken mole; mojitos.
Price Details: Small plates $5 to $11; entrées $9 to $18.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

An ambient din gives this Mexican restaurant the feel of an ongoing house party for Clarendon’s young and restless. Color-splashed walls add to the festive mood, as do the tart margaritas and warm house-made chips for dipping in salsa. The enchiladas, burritos, and tacos are all satisfying, but the regional Mexican dishes are what make Guajillo distinctive.

Ceviche, more like a lime-infused shrimp cocktail, is punctuated with hunks of avocado and tomato. Chipotle chilies give zip to cornmeal tamales. A nicely seared chicken breast gets a spill of velvety chocolate-spiked mole.

The flavors are bright and true, and it’s hard not to catch the festive spirit. After a couple of margaritas, the puffy white clouds painted on the ceiling seem to be drifting by.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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