Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: El Tapatio
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El Tapatio
Address: 4309 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg, MD 20710
Phone: 301-403-8882
Neighborhood: Bladensburg
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily 10 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: West Hyattsville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chiles rellenos; torta with beer-stewed beef, breaded chicken, or braised pork; seafood and shrimp soups; chicken, pork, or chorizo soft tacos; mole enchiladas; huevos rancheros; chilaquiles; housemade tortillas.
Price Details: Appetizers $2 to $2.50; entrées $10 to $13.


The house-made tortillas are the draw at this brightly lit Mexican cafe popular with workers far from home. In the classic hangover cure/breakfast called chilaquiles ($8.99), they’re torn and tossed with a fried egg and red or green chili sauce. Bundled around spicy bits of chorizo or pork carnitas with cilantro and onion, they make a spare, authentic taco ($2.55).

Other bargains are the tortas ($5.75), crusty sandwiches filled with braised pork, beer-cooked beef, or breaded chicken, then topped with beans and avocado. The tortillas are usually available to go—a package of six for $1.50.

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