Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: El Charrito Caminante
Comments () | Published August 17, 2007
El Charrito Caminante
Address: 2710-A N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: 703-351-1177
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Mexican, Salvadoran
Opening Hours: Monday and Wednesday through Sunday 10 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tacos with chorizo, beef, beef tongue, or goat; loroco-stuffed pupusas; fried plantains; tamarind juice; mango juice.
Price Details: Pupusas, $1.50 each; Tacos, $2 each.


At lunchtime, a mostly Spanish-speaking crowd lines up at this Clarendon taqueria for a taste of home. The $2 tacos are authentically Mexican, each generously stuffed with meat—beef, chicken, pork, goat, chorizo, or beef tongue—and toppings of green onions, cilantro, and fresh salsa.

Crisp Salvadoran pupusas ($1.50) deserve a nod, too—try one with loroco, an edible flower bud translated on the menu as “herbs.” Seating consists of a few stools at the counter, so your best bet is to place a takeout order and sip an ice-cold tamarind or mandarin-orange Jarritos soda while you wait.

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