Cheap Eats 2007: Taqueria Distrito Federal
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Taqueria Distrito Federal - Columbia Heights
Address: 3463 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-276-7331
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Thursday through Saturday 8 AM to 11 PM; Sunday through Wednesday 8 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Columbia Heights
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Tacos—both the soft two-ply and the fried versions—filled with baby-pork ribs, chorizo, or pulled goat; burrito with red beans, rice, and smoky barbacoa; chicken Milanese torta; torta al pastor; horchata.
Price Details: All items $2 to $6.
A tiny joint like this Styrofoam-service taqueria in Columbia Heights isn’t going to be written about in many food magazines, but the cooking of Margarita Cruz and Luis Marroquin is both memorable and cheap. The $2 tacos are superb, filled with robustly spiced meats, including stewed goat bathed in a sweet and spicy guajillo-chili barbecue sauce; luscious, off-the-bone pork ribs; meltingly tender cubes of tongue; and a zesty chorizo.

There are excellent tortas, such as the Chicken Milanese, a crunchy breaded cutlet slathered with mayo and either avocado or cactus marinated in lemon and salt, and the al pastor—“a secret menu item,” says owner Marroquin. Shaved doner-kebab-style from a hulking round of pork and beef that’s been marinated in pineapple, onion, and jalapeño—the tradition began with Lebanese immigrants in Mexico City—the meat is topped with a sweet slice of pineapple. Wash it down with a glass of fresh tamarind juice.

Marroquin greets all comers with a welcome as warm and homey as the cooking itself.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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